DIY SOS celebrates 20 years on air

BBC One series ‘DIY SOS’ is marking its 20th year on our screens with a special one-off episode on Thursday September 5 at 8pm.

Since the first episode aired on the October 7 1999, ‘DIY SOS’ has become a popular stalwart of BBC One, regularly reaching audiences of over 7 million.

In this celebratory special, presenter Nick Knowles takes to the road to catch up with families and communities to find out what happened after the cameras left.

The broadcaster said: ‘After more than 200 episodes, working with over 20,000 trade volunteers, and building homes and community centres worth in excess of £16 million, this episode reveals how these ambitious builds have left a meaningful legacy across the country and changed the lives of thousands of people.’

Nick returns to 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.

Nick said: “I’m really excited for people to see the anniversary show. 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.”

BBC head of popular factual and factual entertainment David Brindley added: “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.”

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