Lego Masters



Melvin Odoom (2017-8)

Nish Kumar (2022)


Matthew Ashton (judge)

Fran Scott (judge, 2018)

Amy Corbett (judge, 2022)


Tuesday's Child East for Channel 4, 24 August 2017 to 11 December 2018 (9 episodes in 2 series + 1 special)

Tuesday's Child East for Channel 4, 24 December 2022 (special, as Celebrity Lego Masters at Christmas)


Children of all ages build magnificent creations out of Lego bricks.

Pairs of Lego builders are given a weekend in the build room. In that time, they are to design and build Lego constructions that meet a brief. The first episode called for some sort of banquet, and a throne that would support the weight of a fully-grown man.

Testing the chair: host Melvin Odoom.

Matthew Ashton from the Lego company, and one or more guest judges, will examine the constructions. The worst performers leave the contest, everyone else returns for the next round.

After the opening round, each contest included an "unplanned build". While the teams could plan for and rehearse the main task, this was a surprise, sprung on them. Hybrid vehicles, animals made from a handful of bricks, interpreting the dreams of children.

Lego Masters Richard Osman inspects a fairground.

It was always clear what the judges wanted from the round: technical excellence, a build that looks realistic on first glance, and a playful wow-factor. These values fit with the Lego company's advertising.

The show chose to emphasise the relationships between the contestant pairs. It wasn't a design show, like Scrapheap Challenge, and there were few tips for aspiring builders. It was a show to sit back and marvel.


2017 Nate Dias and Steve Guinness
2018 Paul and Lewis

Lego Masters Nate and Steve (centre) with their trophy, flanked by judge Matthew Ashton and host Melvin Odoom.

Title music

Helen Greenham and John Greenham, credited as "Composers" for their playful score.


Matthew Ashton is a senior manager for the Lego group.

Episodes featured a guest judge - in the first series, these were structural engineer Roma Agrawal, mechanical engineer Dr Shini Somara, Richard Osman, Bill Bailey, professional Lego artist Sean Kenney and Dara Ó Briain.

Amy Corbett, who judged from the 2022 Christmas special, was familiar to the E4 audience, as she judged the Yankee version.

Web links

Channel 4 programme pages: Lego Masters, Celebrity Lego Masters at Christmas

See also

Weaver's Week review


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