The Changing Rooms reboot is going ahead, with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen returning as lead interior designer, and Anna Richardson replacing Davina McCall as presenter.
Last month, it was announced that Davina would no longer present the reboot due to the 'changing production schedule' caused by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions.
While Anna will now guide viewers through the makeovers, Channel 4 has also confirmed that Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2LG Studio will also join as designers, plus completing the team is carpenter and joiner Tibby Singh.
'What an honour to be joining the Changing Rooms team, one of my favourite shows from when I first started in TV,' says Anna, who is best known for presenting Naked Attraction and Supersize vs Superskinny.
'This series is an absolute classic and I can't wait to see the designs the legendary Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and the brilliant Jordan and Russell of 2LG come up with for our homeowners. Let's get that house swapping started!'
Originally coming from a theatre background, Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead founded 2LG Studio in 2014. Described as 'the rising stars of the interiors scene', we're excited to see what they will bring to the show.
Speaking about the reboot, they added: 'The childhood versions of ourselves are mind blown to be part of the new Changing Rooms and, as designers, we are beyond excited to take on this challenge. Our design style is about empowerment, kindness and pride - making homes that lift your spirits and facilitate your best life.'
Tibby Singh, a skilled carpenter and joiner who has been working as a property developer, said: 'I'm humbled to be a part of Changing Rooms which is such an iconic TV show! I'm privileged to be working alongside Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and 2LG to create some amazing makeovers and bring their designs to life.'
The original series, which ran for eight years on BBC One from 1996 to 2004, featured the help of the expert designers including Laurence, Linda Barker, 'Handy' Andy Kane, Anna Ryder Richardson, and presenter Carol Smillie.
The new series will follow a similar format. It will see two sets of homeowners from the same neighbourhood work against the clock to renovate a room in each other's houses. They will be in complete charge of creating a new look for the chosen room – and anything goes.
'The homeowners will be making all the decisions about the makeovers, and as a nation of interiors and style obsessives, expectations are higher than ever. In true Changing Rooms style, the transformations will be spectacular, innovative and, quite possibly, unexpected,' said Channel 4.
The homeowners will be supported by two handy teams of DIY experts and decorators, which will be captained by Laurence, and there will be a second interior designer (yet to be announced) who has an opposing style.
Throughout the show there will also be design and DIY tips, teaching households how to be crafty on a budget and how to revamp unloved or outdated corners in the home.
Commenting on the reboot, which was first rumoured in August, Laurence said: 'There’s no room for beige in our homes and, just as it was in the 90s, Changing Rooms is once more the homestyle antidote to Britain’s blues (and greys and taupes, and even Magnolia). It’s taken quite a lot of coaxing to get me under the Changing Rooms banner once more, but nothing like as much coaxing as it’s going to take for me to squeeze those leather trousers back on.'
Previously on BBC One, Channel 4 has now picked up the series in partnership with Dulux. Shine TV (part of Banjay UK) will produce the new version of the iconic home DIY series.
The series aims to inspire a new generation to' discover the power of colour, to get creative and improve the spaces they live and work in', says Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director of Dulux.
There will be six one hour episodes. A transmission date is yet to be announced.
How to apply for Changing Rooms
If you're interested in getting a room in your home renovated, you can fill out an application form for the chance to appear on the show. You can choose a specific room BUT kitchens and bathrooms are excluded. Each team will be given a budget for the makeover, which is paid for by the production.
For the application you will need to shoot and upload a short video introducing yourself and household members, explaining which room you would like made over and why. You'll also need to include photos of your room and property.
Bear in mind, as part of the application, you will need to nominate a friend or neighbour to take part in the show with you. And, importantly, it needs to be someone who lives within a five-minute walking distance of your house. Applications close on 21st May 2021.
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