DIY SOS

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DIY SOS
DIY SOS Series 25 team photo.jpg
The DIY SOS team in 2013
Also known as DIY SOS: The Big Build (2010–)
Presented by Nick Knowles
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 25
No. of episodes 205
Production
Executive producer(s) Robi Dutta
Producer(s) Paolo Proto
Location(s) Various
Running time 30 minutes (1999–2009)
60 minutes (2010–)
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Home (repeats)
Picture format 16:9
Original run 7 October 1999 – present
Chronology
Related shows Changing Rooms
External links
Website

DIY SOS is a British DIY television series made for the BBC and presented by Nick Knowles. The first episode was broadcast on 7 October 1999 and has continued to air into 2014.

History[edit]

Launched in 1999, after audience figures showed interest in other home make-over shows such as Changing Rooms, DIY SOS was a weekly full builder and designer level renovation of a section of a viewers home, taken on by a team of professionals after a viewers DIY project had gone wrong and not been finished. It is the longest running show of its format having been shown for over 10 years. Some believe it has cult status and even has an active dedicated forum.

Launched with presenter Nick Knowles, the format consisted of a main project, and a small project initially headed by Lowri Turner (but after Lowri left the show, a number of subsequent presenters were used for the smaller segment), and a viewer call-in vote format voting for one of three families who have made short video pitches for their projects to be addressed in the following programme.

An episode filmed in June 2009 was not broadcast after a domestic incident where a man held his wife hostage at gunpoint before shooting himself, the week before the intended broadcast. The episode is believed to have contained fitting the couple's semi-detached home with a new kitchen.[1]

DIY SOS: The Big Build[edit]

DIY SOS became DIY SOS: The Big Build from 2010. The show is now a one hour programme in which the team enlists the help of local tradesmen, suppliers and the larger community to help deserving families. As the title suggests, the projects are much more ambitious and often involve major construction work such as building a loft conversion or extension. The new format DIY SOS: The Big Build was inspired by television executive Simon Knight.

The Team[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Nick Knowles - Presenter
  • Julian Perryman - Builder
  • Chris Frediani - Plasterer
  • Mark Millar - Carpenter
  • Billy Byrne - Electrician

Guest Designers (Big Build: Series 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26 only)[edit]

Former[edit]

Transmissions[edit]

Series Episodes Start Date End Date
1 6 7 October 1999 18 November 1999
2 8 7 March 2000 25 April 2000
3 8 18 October 2000 13 December 2000
4 8 12 June 2001 31 July 2001
5 8 31 January 2002 21 March 2002
6 8 20 June 2002 29 August 2002
7 8 9 January 2003 6 March 2003
8 8 10 July 2003 28 August 2003
9 8 15 January 2004 10 March 2004
10 5 19 May 2004 19 August 2004
11 8 16 March 2005 11 May 2005
12 8 28 July 2005 26 September 2005
13 10 1 May 2006 17 July 2006
14 8 8 November 2006 2 March 2007
15 10 13 July 2007 19 November 2007
16 6 27 June 2008 15 August 2008
17 8 22 August 2008 10 October 2008
18 6 9 April 2009 14 May 2009
19 8 28 April 2010 16 June 2010
20 2 15 April 2010 1 July 2010
21 4 26 August 2010 26 January 2011
22 6 13 April 2011 16 August 2011
23 10 10 January 2012 15 October 2013
24 6 22 October 2013 30 May 2014
25 6 12 May 2014 21 October 2014
26 1 18 December 2014 present

Special episodes[edit]

Title Air Date
Summer Special 2000 13 September 2000
Behind the Scenes Disasters 20 December 2000
DIY SOS Live 10 editions from 4–7 May 2001
Losers Special 15 August 2002
Christmas Special 21 September 2002
Hola DIY SOS 1 January 2003
Tour de France Special 8 January 2004
The Italian Job 8 July 2004
Floods Special 27 December 2007
10 Year Highlights 2-7 January 2009
The Big Build: Anglesey 10 December 2009
The Big Build for Children in Need: Liverpool 10 November 2011
The Big Build for Children in Need: Edinburgh 14 November 2012
The Big Build for Children in Need: Peterborough 13 November 2013

References[edit]

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