Changing Rooms is returning to our TV screens: all you need to know
The full line-up of presenters, designers and DIY experts for the iconic home DIY series has been confirmed
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First seen on our screens in 1996, do-it-yourself show Changing rooms was one of the first home improvement and interior design shows the Good Homes team got stuck into – so we’re super happy that it’s returning to our screen soon!
From shelving disasters to decorating faux pas and questionable paint choices, the show has certainly had us on the edge of our sofas in the past. We’ve seen tears and tantrums, emotion and elation, and so the question is – what’s in store for us this time round?
Read on for the all-important details for tuning in…
What channel will it be hosted on?
Changing Rooms will be produced by Shine TV in partnership with Dulux and will be shown on Channel 4.
Who will be presenting?
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Anna Richardson will join familiar face Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2LG Studio. Completing the team is carpenter and joiner Tibby Singh.
Better known for presenting risque TV show Naked Attraction, Richardson will instead watch contestants strip off old wallpaper and plaster in favour of modern makeover in minutes.
What will stay the same?
Sticking to a familiar format, two sets of homeowners will work against the clock to renovate a room in each other’s houses. Packed full of design and DIY hints, tips and tricks, you’ll learn how to be crafty on a budget. So think upscaling and adding sparkle to unloved or outdated spaces in the home.
The homeowners will work with either LLB or 2LG to update chosen rooms, with the designers’ opposing styles ensuring each transformation will be innovative and unexpected.
Anna Richardson will also guide viewers through the makeovers and hear from the homeowners throughout the process. She’ll see how they’re feeling about the renovations, and what might be going on behind the scenes. But the question is, will the homeowners like the final result? And, will the neighbours meet up again on amicable terms?
What are the stars saying about the show?
Anna Richardson said: ‘What an honour to be joining the Changing Rooms team, one of my favourite shows from when I first started in TV! This series is an absolute classic. Let’s get that house swapping started!’
Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, 2LG, commented: ‘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. Creativity is powerful so we love that Changing Rooms is back because, in many ways, it was the beginning of our own creative journeys. How incredible that we get to a part of the next step.’
Tibby Singh 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. Touch wood everything goes to plan!’
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen added: ‘Let the games commence!’
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With 2LG (2 Lovely Gays), Jordan and Russell Whitehead, you’re in for a lot of fun and theatre! Coming from a performing arts background, they closed the curtains on theatre and founded 2LG Studio. Based in South East London, their style is based on ‘simplicity, elegance, functionality and a signature use of colour’. Described as ‘the rising stars of the interior scene’ and a ‘defining force in the future of interiors’, we’re excited to see what they have up their sleeves.
What to expect from 2LG?
Look out for ‘soft and squiggly designs’ combining form, functionality and decorative joy.
About Tibby Singh
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Tibby Singh is a highly competent carpenter and joiner who has been working as a property developer for many years. A graduate of the prestigious Leeds College of Building, he was later named BBC’s Young Carpenter of the Year in 2012. He has also won several other awards including the Institute of Carpenters’ Craft Competition and Federation of Master Builder’s Apprentice of the Year.
What to expect from Tibby Singh?
With 15 years’ experience under his toolbelt, Tibby works with family members to buy and renovate rundown buildings to create bespoke commercial and domestic properties. So expect designer doer-uppers and completely revamped renovations.