BBC look back at two decades of DIY SOS with revisited special

BBC One is to mark two decades of DIY SOS.

“A true example of public service broadcasting, DIY SOS demonstrates the power of TV as a force for good. It is factual entertainment at its best: bringing communities together to help those in need. The BBC is proud to champion DIY SOS’ incredible work travelling the length and breadth of the nation to provide life-changing home makeovers for families that need it the most.” – David Brindley, Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment

The programme has been a part of the BBC One schedules since 7th October 1999.

Award winning and with Royal participation, the TV build series engages communities around the UK. Over the years, more than 200 episodes have aired and more than 20,000 volunteers have given their time, completing over £16 million worth of builds.

Now, Nick Knowles, who presents the show for the Beeb, will take to the road to catch up with some of the inspirational people and communities who have excelled after DIY SOS completed their build. 

He will revisit some of the series’ biggest and most challenging builds, including Canada Street in Manchester, The Yard in Edinburgh and, DIY SOS’s most logistically difficult and longest build, the construction of the Grenfell Community Centre and Dale Youth Boxing gym, amongst others.

Nick and the trusted ‘Purple Shirts’ aka the tradesmen behind the transformations (Mark Millar, Chris Frediani, Julian Perryman and Billy Byrne) will even lend a hand with some of the builds that people have set up in the wake of their DIY SOS experience. 

The celebratory look back edition will also remember the first series presented jointly by Nick Knowles and Lowri Turner and will showcase some of the show’s funny moments from over the years. 

“I’m really excited for people to see the anniversary show. So many of the people we have built for have taken what we’ve built and passed on the love and work ethic that the thousands of volunteers have shown over 20 years to improve people’s lives across the country. It’s a tribute to every supplier and volunteer and it’s full of emotion. You’ll laugh and cry I promise but you’ll also feel proud of us as a nation.” -Nick Knowles

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