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Best in Miniature Season 3 Premieres December 26 on CBC Gem




With ten incredibly gifted miniaturists from Canada and around the world returning for another season of BEST IN MINIATURE (8×60), we can look forward to unprecedented originality and inventiveness. On Tuesday, December 26, at 9am ET, Season 3 will premiere on CBC Gem. From Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 29, at 8pm (9:30 NT) and 9pm (9:30 NT), CBC TV will air daily back-to-back episodes.

In this season, ten miniature artists will let their imaginations run wild as they race against the clock to create miniature masterpieces in 1/12 scale. Every episode will feature the judges’ decision on who gets to keep their hopes and dreams alive and who doesn’t, all in the pursuit of a prestigious residency and $10,000. The miniaturists are in it for the long haul, so they might as well not sweat the small stuff if they want to win big.

Judges include renowned Canadian interior designer and entrepreneur Michael Lambie, UK miniature expert Emma Waddell, and actor and stand-up comic Aba Amuquandoh, who returns for another season as host.

Get to know the contestants competing for the title of Best in Miniature in Season 3, which includes five Canadians:

Shelley Acker owns Freedom Miniatures, a one-stop shop for all things miniature and hobby related, and hails from Kentville, Nova Scotia. She has been involved in the miniature hobby for nearly 25 years. In the 2022 documentary feature Bernie Langille Wants to Know what Happened to Bernie Langille, Shelley showcased her miniatures skills as one of two Art Directors. The film won multiple awards.


Winnipeg, Manitoba-based social worker Jen Arnold sees making handmade keepsakes as a kind of self-care and finds solace in the time she spends doing it. The Winnipeg Free Press, Global News Morning Winnipeg, CBC Radio Information Morning, 680 CJOB (Winnipeg’s radio station), the Manitoba Clipper, and the Lac Du Bonnet have all featured her work.

A First Nations 2-Spirit artist, designer, and TV personality, Lance Cardinal hails from Bigstone Cree Nation in Alberta. He has swiftly risen to prominence as one of the most prominent First Nations artists and entrepreneurs in the province. The Edmonton Oilers, Kunitz Shoes, Telus World of Science, Fort Edmonton Park, Re/Max Field, Telus World of Science, Rogers Place, and IKEA Edmonton are just a few of the world-class organizations he has had the pleasure of working with over the course of his 30-year career in Canada.

Sutton, Quebec is home to Tiffany Monk, who was born and raised in England. Tiffany has experience in sculpting, model making, and prop making for film, making her a versatile multidisciplinary artist. Among her many diverse film and TV credits in Canada and the UK are John Carter, The 100, and several independent stop-motion animated features and shorts.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Arline Smith currently resides in Port Hope, Ontario. Throughout the last half-century, she has exhibited her multi-talented artistic abilities by making anything from a pea to an elephant. She became a costumier for The Royal Shakespeare Company after finishing her studies at Liverpool College of Art, where she collaborated with actors like Sir Ben Kingsley, Dames Helen Mirren and Judi Dench, and others.


Miniature fans can watch the first two seasons on CBC Gem before Season 3 premieres.

Marblemedia, a division of Blue Ant Media, and CBC collaborate on the production of BEST IN MINIATURE.

Executive producers include Matt Hornburg, Mark Bishop, Diane Rankin, and Donna Luke; series producer is Erica Lenczner; and development producer Kelsey Espensen is responsible for the creation of the series.

Jennifer Dettman is the Executive Director of Unscripted Content at CBC. Alexandra Lane is the Senior Director of Production, Sally Catto is the General Manager of Entertainment, Factual and Sports, and Ann-Marie Redmond is the Executive in Charge of Production.


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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