Changing Rooms return is confirmed with Davina McCall and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen as hosts

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Changing Rooms was the television event of the week at one point in our lives, long before the coronavirus pandemic interrupted our way of living.

What better than a bit of nostalgia to fill our evenings as the legendary home makeover show that was watched by 10m viewers at its peak gets set to return after 16 years off air.

It has been confirmed that the hit show is returning – and we can’t wait!

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The news of its return was announced on Friday, with iconic designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen set to make a comeback alongside TV star Davina McCall, who will replace Carol Smillie as host.

Confirming the news, Davina, 52, said: “I’m so excited to be presenting Changing Rooms. It’s the perfect time to bring it back. Everyone is going DIY and decor-mad!

“I can’t wait to see all the amazing transformations. I might even get stuck in myself if I’m allowed to be let loose with a paint brush!”


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Laurence seems just as excited as Davina, and has hinted he will be bringing his eclectic and bold design style to homes.

“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),” Laurence said.

He continued: “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.”

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During its time on television, between 1991 and 2004, the show revealed some notoriously bad makeovers which went down in history, along with some much better ones that homeowners seemed to like.

Carol Smillie was a much-adored host on the show, as a result of her cheery disposition. However, back in August Carol revealed she hadn’t been given the call about returning.

She told The Sun at the time: “It was definitely the favourite show of my career, without a doubt. It would be the only show I’d come back to telly for.”

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Since leaving the show, Carol went on to take part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2006 and hosted several other Scottish-based makeover shows, but nothing was like the popularity of Changing Rooms.

Quite surprisingly the television presenter moved away from the entertainment industry in 2012 to set up her own business called Pretty Clever Pants to help those who suffer from incontinence.

Meanwhile flamboyant "homestyle consultant" Laurence, who shares adult daughters Cecile and Hermione with wife Jackie, now has his own YouTube series called the School of Flock and even had his own series in Australia.

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