The Chop



Lee Mack and Rick Edwards


William Hardie (judge)


Big Wheel Film & Television and Motion Content Group for Sky History, 15 October 2020 (1 episode in 1 series + 8 unaired)


A press release said:

Master Carpenter William Hardie oversees the construction of a grand and spectacular cabin in the woods, adding a new room every week, each on a different historical theme, including Nelson’s cabin on HMS Victory, a Victorian pub, a Gothic bedroom, a Georgian hunting lodge, and a 1960s’ Mad Men-inspired lounge. The contestants are tasked with creating amazing items and artefacts to furnish the rooms whilst expert guest judges with specialist knowledge of the different historical eras help Lee, Rick and William decide who progresses to the next round and which will get the chop. Week by week the cabin evolves to become a living museum of what is possible in woodwork.

This programme has not yet aired. A full review will appear here after broadcast.


Filmed on location in Epping Forest near London.

Billed in some sources as The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker.

The show was taken off the air after one episode after one of its contestants, Dumped walker Darren Lumsden, was accused of having white supremacist facial tattoos; it is currently unclear whether the remaining eight episodes will be broadcast.

Web links

History Channel programme page, with details of each episode.


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