Davina McCall leaves Changing Rooms due to scheduling conflicts

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: Joe Maher - Getty Images
Photo credit: Joe Maher - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Channel 4's Changing Rooms reboot is searching for a new presenter after Davina McCall has had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts.

The new series was announced last year, with McCall set to take over from original presenter Carol Smillie, and interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen returning to oversee the designs and renovations.

Filming was due to take place last November, but that was put on hold when a third national lockdown was introduced. Delays to filming means that McCall has had to step down due to her jam-packed schedule which already includes ITV's The Masked Singer, its new spin-off The Masked Dancer, and Long Lost Family.

Channel 4 confirmed the news to Good Housekeeping UK, but there are currently no updates on a replacement presenter just yet.

The new Changing Rooms format will be similar to that of the original series - which aired on the BBC in 1996 until 2004 - featuring two sets of homeowners from the same neighbourhood working against the clock to renovate a room in each other's houses.

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While they might not share the same tastes, they are completely in charge of creating a new look for the chosen room – and anything goes. Channel 4 says that in true Changing Rooms style, "the transformations will be spectacular, innovative and, quite possibly, unexpected".

Photo credit: Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images

The homeowners will be supported by two handy teams of DIY experts and decorators, captained by Llewelyn-Bowen and a second interior designer who has an opposing style to that of the original Changing Rooms star. The show will be packed full of design and DIY hints and tips, teaching viewers how to be crafty on a budget by upscaling and adding sparkle to unloved or outdated corners of our homes. Something many of us have been enjoying as we've spent more time at home during the pandemic.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen recently said of the new series: "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."

Homeowners who want to take part can apply here. Applicants must also nominate a friend or neighbour to take part in the programme with you, and it must to be someone who lives within 5 minutes walking distance of your house.

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