In the packed coffee houses of Enlightenment times, I expect there was a simple divide: are you for gravity or pots?

Modern audiences seems less sectarian about it and more equal in their interest, as potter Wedgwood only just edged out last week’s magician, Newton. Elsewhere, an Aussie soap got a late-night lather up.

On Tuesday, episode three of The Great British Sewing Bee, solid as a stay stitch, achieved 2.5 million/11%, ahead of Channel 5’s Big Body Squad (1.1 million/5%; 84,000 +1) and Channel 4’s Bedtime Live (500,000/2%; 51,000 +1).

At 10pm, C5’s Neighbours’ post-watershed outing (1.2 million/ 7%; 94,000 +1) proved too much for C4’s Shameless (1 million/ 6%; 184,000 +1) and BBC2’s Later Live… (700,000/3%).

On Friday, BBC2’s The Genius Of Josiah Wedgwood achieved 1.6 million/7% at 9pm (160,000 ahead of last week’s The Genius of Isaac Newton), beating C4’s 8 Out Of Ten Cats Does Countdown (1.3 million/6%; 378,000 +1) and C5’s The Mentalist (1.1 million/ 5%; 123,000 +1).

Part one of BBC2’s Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero achieved 1.5 million/ 6% on Sunday at 8pm. From 7.30pm, C4’s movie The Karate Kid impressed with 2.3 million/ 10% (350,000 +1).