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 27
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–)
Release
Original network BBC One
Home (repeats)
Picture format 16:9
Original release 7 October 1999 (1999-10-07) – 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 2016. A sister show, Garden SOS, aired for one series in 2003.

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 viewer's home, taken on by a team of professionals after a viewer's DIY project had gone wrong and not been finished. It is the longest running show of its format having been shown for over 15 years, and 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 Turner 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 (1999–present)
  • Julian Perryman - Builder (1999–present)
  • Chris Frediani - Plasterer (1999–present)
  • Mark Millar - Carpenter (2006–present)
  • Billy Byrne - Electrician (1999–present)

Royal Team Members[edit]

DIY SOS: The Big Build homes for Veterans special

Guest Designers (Big Build: Series 22 to 27 only)[edit]

Former[edit]

  • Brigid Calderhead - Presenter and Designer (2002–2006)
  • Deborah Drew - Designer (1999–2007)
  • Bob Grose - Builder (1999–2006)
  • Lowri Turner - Presenter (1999–2006)
  • Ian Sou - Builder (1999–2006)
  • Kate McIntyre - Presenter (2003)
  • Dawn Bayley - Decorator (1999–2006)
  • Garfield Caven - Builder (1999–2006)
  • Steve Fallowfield - Builder (1999–2006)
  • Chris Young - Builder (1999–2006)
  • Kyle Dwnt - Builder (1999–2006)
  • Warren Furman - Builder (1999–2006)
  • Mat Skelton – Builder (2008–2013)

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[2][2] 9 18 December 2014 17 December 2015
27 TBC 17 February 2016 TBC

List of episodes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
(Banbury 7 October 1999[3]
Rescue a daughter's bedroom
(Devon) 14 October 1999[4]
Rescue a kitchen
(Durham) 21 October 1999[5]
Convert a shell into a playroom
(Market Drayton) 4 November 1999[6]
Fit a front door into a hole too small for it
(Wakefield) 11 November 1999[7]
Complete an unfinished kitchen
(York) 18 November 1999[8]
Rescue a piano teacher's room in her farmhouse, ruined by her husband's efforts

Series 2[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
(Plymouth) 7 March 2000[9]
Rescue a kitchen
(Heme Bay) 14 March 2000[10]
Rescue an entire house
(Devon) 21 March 2000[11]
Rebuild a fire and flood damaged kitchen
(Walsall) 28 March 2000[12]
Finish a hallway renovation begun ten years previously
(Bolton) 4 April 2000[13]
Rescue a living and dining room
TBC 11 April 2000[14]
Listing duplicated from 28 March 2000
(Runcorn) 18 April 2000[15]
Finishing touches to the walls of a house
(Yorkshire) 25 April 2000[16]
Rescue the attempted conversion of recreation room into a community hall, in a fire station

Summer Special 2000[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
Summer Special 2000 (Ebbw Vale & Manchester) 13 September 2000[17]
A 50-minute special, tackling two projects with the assistance of locals:

Ebbw Vale: Convert a derelict building into a rehearsal space for a theatre group.

Manchester: Rescue the attempted renovation of Fifth Stalybridge Cub Scout Group's scout hut

Series 3[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
18 October 2000[18]
Complete a bathroom project, which had to stop due to the home owner's illness with breast cancer.

Filmed as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(Abergavenny) 25 October 2000[19]
Finish the conversion of a rat infested bathroom into a bedroom.
1 November 2000[20]
Rescue a kitchen
8 November 2000[21]
Repair a canal barge
(Edinburgh) 15 November 2000[22]
Rescue an apartment
22 November 2000[23]
Build a bathroom
7/8 29 November 2000[24]
(generic listing)
13 December 2000[25]
Rescue a kitchen
20 December 2000[26]
A behind the scenes look at the show

DIY SOS Live[edit]

A live special filmed over the course of the May 2001 bank holiday weekend, with episodes aired on Friday, Sunday and Monday, and additional updates following other programming during the course of Saturday,[27] Sunday[28] and Monday[29] (before the final episode). The Live event was trailed with a 5-minute preview show on the previous Sunday (29 April 2001).[30]

No. Title Broadcast
DIY SOS Live 4 May 2001[31]
In a half hour episode, Nick Knowles's crew begins one project, while the choice of a second project for Lowri Turner's team to complete is put to the public vote, from a choice of three.
DIY SOS Live 6 May 2001[32]
In a ten-minute episode, both projects continue.
DIY SOS Live 7 May 2001[33]
An hour long special, for the completion of the projects

Series 4[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
(Cardiff) 12 June 2001[34]
Rescue a kitchen.
(Llandudno) 19 June 2001[35]
Rescue a bathroom and create a living room
26 June 2001[36]
Fix a staircase and rescue a bathroom.
(Pontefract) 3 July 2001[37]
Rescue a living room
(Surrey) 10 July 2001[38]
Convert a garage into a playroom
(Nottingham) 17 July 2001[39]
Create an Oriental themed living room, breakfast room and garden for Claire
(Wirral) 24 July 2001[40]
Rescue Barbara's bedroom loft conversion
(Snowdonia) 31 July 2001[41]
Rescue Sarah and Rhys's farmhouse, which had been reduced to a shell, leaving the couple and their children living in a caravan.

Series 5[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
(Manchester) 31 January 2002[42]
Renovate a kitchen.
7 February 2002[43]
Renovate a conservatory and dining-room.
(Weston-super-Mare) 14 February 2002[44]
Rescue a project experiencing building regulations difficulties
21 February 2002[45]
Lowri: Rescue an attempted playroom build.

Nick: Renovate a school's classroom in a converted toilet block.

(South Yorkshire) 28 February 2002[46]
Rescue a kitchen.
7 March 2002[47]
Lowri: Rescue a kitchen

NIck: Convert a post office storeroom into a dust-free play area.

(Stockton-on-Tees) 14 March 2002[48]
Assist a couple being driven apart by a project.
(Suffolk) 21 March 2002[49]
Rescue a family's project

Series 6[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
20 June 2002[50]
Rescue a kitchen conversion.
(Preston) 27 June 2002[51]
Complete a bathroom.
4 July 2002[52]
Rescue a bedroom project waylaid by an accident.
(Manchester) 11 July 2002[53]
Rescue a converted shop with subsidence.
(Wales) 18 July 2002[54]
Rescue a kitchen.
25 July 2002[55]
Rescue a sitting room in time for a wedding.
15 August 2002[56]
A look back over the last three years of shows.
22 August 2002[57]
Rescue a sitting room in time for a wedding.
(Slough) 29 August 2002[58]
Complete an unusual house.

2002-3 specials[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
3 October 2002[59]
A 30-minute behind the scenes special.
Christmas Special (Devon & London) 21 December 2002[60]
Devon: Convert a primary school headmaster's house into a resource centre.

London: Renovate a meeting hall for an old people's Christmas lunch.

Hola DIY SOS (Spanish coast) 1 January 2003[61]
An hour long special.

Lowri: rescue expat couple Mike and Joy's retirement home plans.

Nick: convert a goat shed into a house

Series 7[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
9 January 2003[62]
Rescue a house modernisation
(Lewes) 16 January 2003[63]
Complete an extension halted after a death.
23 January 2003[64]
Rescue ten-year-old Dan's "House of Horrors"
30 January 2003[65]
Lowri: Rescue a bedroom.

Nick: Work on an unusual kitchen.

6 February 2003[66]
Assist foster parents whose with special needs children.
13 February 2003[67]
Finish the conversion of a coal shed into Jason's bedroom
(Halifax) 20 February 2003[68]
Finish Brian's bathroom.
(Bradford) 6 March 2003[69]
Assist Susan and Wayne, whose relationship is under strain.

Losers special[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
The Losers Show 17 June 2003[70]
A look at the various people who were not successful in the various public votes to choose who would be on assisted by the show.

Series 8[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
(Suffolk) 10 July 2003[71]
Finish a cottage
(Bristol) 17 July 2003[72]
Complete Carolyn and Adrian's house
24 July 2003[73]
Complete Cherie and Jon's master bedroom project, stalled after Jon injured his shoulder
31 July 2003[74]
Rescue Jo and Julian's bathroom, begun by Julian two years previously.
7 August 2003[75]
Knowles: rescue a decorating job (Addlestone)

Lowri: Rescue a room

14 August 2003[76]
Two bathroom projects, Lowri for Mary, Knowles for Janet (Nottingham)
21 August 2003[77]
Rescue Vera and Doug's house, tinkered with by Doug for 17 years
28 August 2003[78]
Rescue a woman's house from her Greek partner's DIY efforts

Tour de Force special[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
Tour de Force (Southern France) 8 January 2004[79]
Hour long special rescuing ex-pat projects, including the bedroom conversion of a 15th-century farmhouse's grain store, and the child bedroom conversion of an old kitchen

Series 9[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
9.1 (Cardiff) 15 January 2004[80]
Rescue a lounge.
9.2 (Stratford-upon-Avon) 22 January 2004[81]
Finish a loft bedroom conversion.
9.3 (Cheltenham) 29 January 2004[82]
Build a kitchen from scratch.
9.4 (Pembrokeshire) 5 February 2004[83]
Complete a renovation begun 25 years previously
9.5 12 February 2004[84]
Complete Thomas and Rachel's conversion of a disused shop into a house, begun by Thomas
9.6 (Surrey) 19 February 2004[85]
Complete the upgrading of Daniel's former railway cottage
9.7 (Cheltenham) 26 February 2004[86]
Build Debbie's handmade kitchen from scratch
9.8 (Derby) 10 March 2004[87]
Restore a Victorian terraced house, latterly used as bedsits

The Italian Job special[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
Italy 8 July 2004[88]
An hour long special, assisting expats in Italy.

Lake Como: Extend John and Kay's house

Tolentino: Create a nursery for Ben and Lisa

Series 10[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
10.1 (Stockport) 15 July 2004[89]
Assist decorating tutor Ian renovate his new home
10.2 22 July 2004
Revamp the bedroom of 14-year-old Andrew, son of widowed Maggie
10.3 (Sussex) 29 July 2004[90]
Renovate the kitchen of recent divorcee Chris, who is hampered by a back injury
10.4 (Sussex) 5 August 2004[91]
Create a bedroom for widow Susie, who has been sharing her 14 year old daughters bedroom fro a decade.
10.5 (Bristol) 12 August 2004[92]
Complete David and Sara's self-build home, a project hampered by planning issues, builder walkouts and money troubles.
10.6 19 August 2004[93]
Finish the improvements to Scott and Gemma's house, made necessary after Gemma suffered a brain tumour, the project having been started by Scott himself.

Series 11[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
11.1 (Glasgow) 16 March 2005[94]
Finish Margaret's loft conversion
11.2 (Torquay) 23 March 2005[95]
Complete Lesley and Mark's open plan living area
11.3 (Fleetwood) 6 April 2005[96]
Complete a bedroom loft conversion for the son of an oil rig worker
11.4 13 April 2005[97]
Rescue Angela and Steve's living room, left with a sagging ceiling and collapsed chimney breast by builder Steve's own efforts
11.5 (Mid-Wales) 20 April 2005[98]
Rescue Laurence's self-build project, begun 20 years ago but recently struck by fire.
11.6 27 April 2005[99]
Finish a lounge in a couple's new home.
11.7 (Manchester) 4 May 2005[100]
Complete the conversion of Keith and Torsten's three storey house from bedsits back into one single home.
11.8 (Leeds) 11 May 2005[101]
Finish French expat Odile's kitchen

Series 12[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
12.1 (Cheltenham) 28 July 2005[102]
Renovate the clubhouse of a community centre's football team
12.2 (Pembrokeshire) 4 August 2005[103]
Build a separate play area for Merrilee and Chris's two-year-old daughter Mia, made necessary due to the lack of space caused by the equipment required to treat her cystic fibrosis.
12.3 11 August 2005[104]
Complete Elsie and Duncan's kitchen extension.

kitchen extensions

12.4 18 August 2005[105]
Finish the modernisation of Kate and Craig's 1930's lounge diner, work on their new house having stalled due to money issues
12.5 25 August 2005[106]
Complete the bathroom in Daniel and Eve's large house, undergoing conversion back from subdivision into flats
12.6 12 September 2005[107]
Build a dining room for single mother Sarah
12.7 (Tisbury) 19 September 2005[108]
Fit a kitchen
12.8 (Bath) 26 September 2005[109]
Create an education centre at Bath City Farm from a shell of a building, assisted by volunteers from the Royal Navy

Series 13[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
13.1 Episode 1 (Rushden) 1 May 2006[110]
13.2 Episode 2 (Eastbourne) 8 May 2006[111]
13.3 Episode 3 (Bolsover) 15 May 2006[112]
Assisting a couple to convert a difficult loft space into a room for their young son.
13.4 Episode 4 (Cleethorpes) 22 May 2006[113]
Complete the renovation of a kitchen in Vanessa's Victorian house.
13.5 Episode 5 (Gloucester) 29 May 2006[114]
Assist the mother of 16-year-old Amy and 12-year-old Nick's efforts at DIY.
13.6 Episode 6 (Yarm) 5 June 2006[115]
Finish the bathroom of Shahzad and Waheeda's house.
13.7 Episode 7 (Norfolk) 28 June 2006[116]
Assist a conversion of a garage into a room for Carl and Michelle's six-year-old son.
13.8 Episode 8 (Warrington) 3 July 2006[117]
Assist a young family.
13.9 Episode 9 (South Wales) 10 July 2006[118]
Create a county-style lounge in Angie and Paul's farmhouse.
13.10 Episode 10 (Ipswich) 17 July 2006[119]
Assist in the expansion of Jason and Toni's three bedroom house.

Series 14[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
14.1 Episode 1 (Fishguard) 20 April 2007[120]
Renovate the bedroom and en-suite bathroom for Maria and Barrie; they had been making slow progress on their house ever since the birth of their quadruplets, four and a half years previously.
Episode 2 was not listed in the BBC episode guide as of June 2016, with the page still featuring the message "There will be 8 episodes. More information coming soon"[121]
14.3 Episode 3 (Crawley) 29 November 2006[122]
Assist in the renovation of a kitchen diner for brothers Daniel and Adam.
14.4 Episode 4 (Navenby) 6 December 2006[123]
Create a multi-functional room with an eco-friendly heating system for John and Maaike in their house located inside a former telephone exchange; they had begun renovations themselves, but work had stopped after Maaike was diagnosed with osteonecrosis in 2003.
14.5 Episode 5 (Essex) 13 December 2006[124]
Assist in the renovation of a lounge diner for paramedic Tina.
14.6 Episode 6 (Manchester) 26 February 2007[125]
Remedy a kitchen extension for Kevin, whose efforts to perform it himself had failed.
14.7 Episode 7 (Pembroke Dock) 8 January 2007[126]
Extend the bathroom in Adrian and Rachel's house; having bought a run down property to renovate themselves, their family grew faster than expected.
14.8 Episode 8 (Clevedon) 2 March 2007[127]
Complete an extension to create a media lounge for Stuart and his three boys; having begun the project himself, work stopped at the shell stage, after the death of his wife Hilary.

Series 15[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
Episode 1 (Southampton) 13 July 2007[128]
Completion of an open plan lounge and diner for Sarah, Paul and daughter Caitlin; Paul had begun the work but after suffering kidney failure three years previously, the room had remained as a bare brick room.
Ipswich 20 July 2007[129]
Completion of a kitchen diner for single mother-of-two Yvette; had begun the work herself but had suffered a back complaint for most of it, leaving the room unfinished and without electricity.
Liverpool 27 July 2007[130]
Complete the conversion of Elisa and Andy's garage into a playroom for their daughter Molly, who has Downs Syndrome; they had begun the project six years previously but made little progress.
Episode 4 (Nottingham) 3 August 2007[131]
Complete a kitchen diner for Phil's family, whose son has the condition PKU; Phil had done some work on the rest of the house, but found the kitchen too daunting.
Plymouth 17 August 2007[132]
Complete the two bedroom extension for Kevin and Tracey; having begun the project themselves for daughters Kirsty and Imogen, they suffered the loss of Imogen at fifteen months, and had since had another baby, David, all of which had impacted on the project schedule, which had also gone over budget.
Rossendale 17 August 2007 (NI)[133]
Complete the lounge of Craig and Vicky's house, the last room of the couple's renovations, which had experienced problems and come to a halt after the money ran out; completion would allow the couple to move out of their temporary home with Vicky's mum.
Chelmsford 24 August 2007[134]
Completion of Karen's kitchen, she had been unable to complete the work after a difficult year, impacting her and her children.
Chelmsford 26 September 2007[135]
Repeat of the above episode.
Epsom 19 September 2007[136]
Rendering assistance to Dee, who puts her family first while also holding down a high pressure job.

Series 16[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
Ramsgate 5 November 2007[137]
Create a Victorian reception room for Sharon and Steve so they can renew their wedding vows in it.
Nottingham 19 November 2007[138]
Complete a bathroom extension for Mark and Vicky, made necessary by their eight-year-old son's brain tumour which has confined him to a wheelchair; they had begun the work themselves, but a flood caused by a burst water pipe set the project back.
Swansea 27 June 2008[139]
Completion of a children's bedroom and play area for the Harris family; the project having been begun by the family themselves, but was set back after a leaking sewer flooded the house.
Stoke-on-Trent 1 August 2008[140]
Finish an open-plan kitchen-diner for the Harris family, made necessary by their youngest daughter's medical condition which means she cannot be left unattended; the family had begun the project themselves, but work had not progressed beyond knowing down the dividing wall.
Surrey 8 August 2008[141]
Convert a bachelor's river boat into a more suitable family friendly environment, allowing his girlfriend who lives two hours away to move in.
Willenhall 15 August 2008[142]
Complete the conversion of a garage into a kitchen for Paul and Pauline, made necessary by their growing family, now numbering six children including a daughter with Down's syndrome and twins with learning difficulties; they had begun the project themselves, but ran out of money.
Floods Special (Doncaster) 27 December 2007[143]
Renovation of a foster family's home and a local pub in Toll Bar, which were damaged in the June floods.

Series 17[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
Lymington 22 August 2008[144]
Complete an open plan kitchen for Carrie and Rob's house, their failed efforts to do it themselves having resulted in Carrie moving in with her mother.
Sheffield 29 August 2008[145]
Complete the renovation of a bedroom for Stuart and Shelley; Shelley having removed an internal wall while Stuart was in hospital three years earlier
Wigan 5 September 2008[146]
Completion of Caroline and Mike's living room, Mike having been told he must stop the project due to recent heart surgery.
Essex 12 September 2008[147]
Convert Kerry and Jacquie's garage into a downstairs bathroom, made necessary after the former window cleaner became confined to a wheelchair after falling 25 feet from a ladder.
Gosport 19 September 2008[148]
Complete a glamour themed lounge for Cathy, now a single parent after her partner died in a freak accident in the middle of renovating the house.
Kent 26 September 2008[149]
Complete a kitchen for Neil and Leslie, whose front wall had collapsed after Neil had mistakenly dug too far while building an extension, resulting in Leslie and their children having to move out while he rebuiltl four walls
Romford 3 October 2008[150]
Convert a loft for Sharon, building a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom to allow her 17-year-old autistic son Perry a degree of independence; the project had been begun by the family, with Perry not having had his own bedroom before.
West Bromwich 10 October 2008[151]
Create an Indonesian-themed lounge for Debbie and her 8-year-old son, Tyler; Debbie having a heart condition which prevents her doing the work herself.

Series 18[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
18.1 Bridgwater 9 April 2009[152]
Recovery of the DIY project begun by David, an Iraq war veteran medically discharged and lacking the funds to pay for a professional
18.2 Frimley 16 April 2009[153]
Completion of the double-storey extension of Lisa and Andy's home, who also have a son, Jordan; begun by Andy two years previously, work had to be stopped after Lisa's diagnosis of brain cancer.
18.3 Bowled Over in Oxford 23 April 2009[154]
Completion of a cricket themed kitchen/diner/lounge area in the Barker family's bungalow; begun by the family themselves three years previously the project had been beset by a series of disasters.
18.4 Lounging in Bradford 30 April 2009[155]
Renovation of the lounge of Emma's house; having bought a run down property, the original plan of Emma and her father doing it up themselves had to be abandoned due to injuries he suffered in a motorbike accident. Completion of the project allows Emma and nine-year-old son to move out of her parents home into the property.
18.5 Caravanning in Caersws 7 May 2009[156]
Renovate a kitchen/lounge of Gary and Andrea's historic but run down cottage; plans to do it themselves had been thwarted by various problems over the previous seven years, leaving them living in an adjacent caravan.
18.6 'Elping out in Essex 14 May 2009[157]
Complete a lounge and diner for the Curry family who have a two-year-old son; their own efforts at performing a simple renovation had gone wrong over the course of two years.

Series 19[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
19.1 Worktop Woes in Watford 28 April 2010[158]
Renovation of Lucy and Mario's kitchen and dining area, required to be medically clean as a result of their daughters brain tumour. The couple had previously been renovating the house themselves.
19.2 A Little Luxury in Leamington 5 May 2010[159]
Renovation of single-parent Kate's bathroom, her house already undergoing an extension.
19.3 A Home for Howards (Kent) 19 May 2010[160]
Completion of the kitchen and sitting room in the Howard family's Victorian cottage, which they had originally attempted to renovate themselves.
19.4 Grandad's Timewarp (Kingston upon Thames) 31 May 2010[161]
Improvement to Ray and Linda's house, grandparents and guardians to fourteen year old twins Nathan and Chelsea; conversion of a toy room into a dining room, and renovation of a bedroom for Chelsea and the garden.
19.5 Three Rooms for Three Daughters (Edmonton) 16 July 2010[162]
Renovation of three bedrooms for Cristina, Daniella and Sophia, daughters of Stephen and Fillippa; Stephen having failed to take on the job of completing an extension and renovation after falling out with the builder.
19.6 Liz's Bedroom Bedlam (Norfolk) 23 July 2010[163]
A new bedroom and bathroom for Liz and Neil's cottage; made necessary after Neil has been forced to walk with crutches due to back operations.
19.7 Compilation 30 July 2010[164]
Various clips from the previous series.

Original era specials[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

Big Build specials[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
n/a A The Big Build Children in Need Special - Liverpool 10 November 2011[165]
Refurbishment of the Norris Green Youth Centre.
n/a B The Big Build Children in Need Special - Edinburgh 14 November 2012[166]
Renovation of the children's respite centre, The Yard.
n/a C Million Pound Build for Children in Need (Peterborough) 13 November 2013[167]
The construction from scratch of a centre and two-and-a-half acre grounds for the children's charity Little Miracles
28.7 Homes for Veterans (part 1) 14 October 2015[168]
Remodelling of a street in Manchester to provide accommodation and career re-training facilities for two war veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and are now suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); other veterans will also benefit from the facilities on a day visit basis.
28.8 Homes for Veterans (part 2) 21 October 2015[169]
see above

A - Broadcast between series 22 & 23

B - Broadcast between the regular series 23 episodes, 23.6 and 23.7, but not allocated a number

C - Broadcast between the regular series 24 episodes, 24.1 and 24.2, but not allocated a number

Series 20[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
20.1 Chessington 15 April 2010[170]
Complete the extension of Liz's house, made necessary by her son James' special needs; having gone into debt to pay for the work, it had been started in July 2008 but abandoned unfinished and unsafe by the builders six months later.
20.2 Haydock 1 July 2010[171]
Renovate the home of social work student Lorraine and her three children; left in a half finished state, the house lacks a communal area for the family to spend time together

Series 21[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
21.1 Brynmawr 26 August 2010[172]
Completion of a kitchen extension on Ceri's former council house, a project he had begun himself but had to stop after redundancy and debilitating illness; as a result the family's three teenage daughters had spent two years living with their grandparents in their two bedroom flat.
21.2 Littlehampton 30 December 2010[173]
Making good the destruction caused by rogue builders on Mike's house; he had invested his life savings on the work, the need for which had become evident after his 16-year-old son suffered an asthma attack while visiting, caused by the damp conditions of the aged flint built building.
21.3 Nottingham 6 January 2011[174]
Complete the two-storey extension of Kathy's home, where she lived with her two teenage daughters. The work had been started by husband and father Shaun in 2007, who after a year had completed it up to roof level, before committing suicide after losing his job. Filmed in March 2010.[175]
21.4 Chippenham 26 January 2011[176]
Add an extension and modify Sue's two-storey home, made necessary after her eldest son Jay's brain injury suffered during a rugby match in March 2009; having spent a year in a coma in hospital, on waking, his return home to live with his mother and two siblings was conditional on the necessary change (adding a downstairs bedroom, wet room and space for a wheelchair) being approved by carers. Filmed in April 2010.[177]

Series 22[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
22.1 Aberystwyth 13 April 2011[178]
Completion of an extension to Micheal's home; a builder by trade he had begun the task after his son-in-law's multiple sclerosis had meant he had to start using a wheelchair, but had to stop when Micheal himself was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
22.2 Durham 20 April 2011[179]
Reconfigure the family home of sixteen-year-old Kieron, who had had a heart transplant and a double amputation due to a heart condition, only diagnosed after he collapsed in December 2009; for the past year his situation had meant the family had to live apart.
22.3 Stoke 27 April 2011[180]
Completion of the renovation of Haydn's house; bought at auction in 2004 he had begun the work himself, but had to abandon it shortly after following a terminal diagnosis of abdominal cancer; as a result Haydn, his wife and three daughters were having to live out of the one room he had managed to finish.
22.4 Cirencester 2 August 2011[181]
Complete the extension and renovation of Leslie and Maria's former council house, which they had begun themselves but had to stop after just a year in 2007 after running out of money and later enduring various other crises, including one of their children to miss nearly a year of schooling through ill health.[182]
22.5 Dartford 9 August 2011[183]
Extending and renovating single-mother Louise's post war prefab house, which she had been working on until her son was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
22.6 Ottery St Mary 16 August 2011[184]
Completion of the conversion of music teacher Ian and Morny's two-bedroom bungalow into a four-bedroom house to suit the family's various needs, which included one of their children having learning difficulties and Morny's chronic long-term illness; Ian had begun the work himself, but had soon been overwhelmed.

Series 23[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
23.1 Chesterfield 10 January 2012[185]
Completion of an extension to Lisa and Richard's house, whose daughter Madison was born with a heart defect and a rare eating disorder necessitating 24 hour care; a builder by trade Richard had begun the task himself but had not got beyond erecting the basic shell.
23.2 Conwy 18 January 2012[186]
Completion of the two-storey breeze block shell of a house being built by David for him and his eight-year-old daughter, Erica. He had begun the project himself, but work came to a halt after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, and his wife and Erica's mother died in 2010. As a result, David and Erica had been living in a caravan next to the shell since 2006.
23.3 Enfield 16 May 2012[187]
Improvements to the terraced house of Eric, wife Davina and their three daughters, made necessary by Eric's terminal diagnosis of motor neurone disease.[188]
23.4 Dumfries 23 May 2012[189]
Renovation of Sue's country cottage, home to her and her two young children, which has become dilapidated in the years since the sudden death of Sue's partner Barry from a heart attack on Christmas Day 2003.
23.5 Dudley 30 May 2012[190]
Completion of an extension to Wayne and Joanne's house, made necessary to care for their three children, who all have the inherited condition Fragile X Syndrome; they had begun the task themselves a year earlier, but were unable to complete the job.
23.6 Duxford 6 June 2012[191]
Completion of an extension to Paul and Sarah's small bungalow; they had begun it themselves but had to abandon the work after their young son Joshua was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of liver cancer.
23.7 Huntingdon 3 January 2013[192]
Expansion of single mother Julie's house, made necessary after she fulfilled her childhood friend Caroline's last will and testament wish by becoming legal guardian to her five younger children (aged seven to thirteen in 2013), expanding her family which already consisted of three sons (aged 15 to 20). Caroline had died from an inoperable brain tumour in June 2010, while her husband David had died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage just six months earlier.[193]
23.8 Worksop 13 February 2013[194]
Completion of the extension of Neil and Rebecca's house; they had embarked on the work themselves as their family grew, but had to stop after Neil was made redundant and their youngest child was diagnosed with autism.
23.9 Fareham 8 October 2013[195]
A single-storey extension and upgrades to Hanna and Mike's small family home, made necessary after their youngest two of three children, twin boys, were born prematurely, resulting in one having cerebral palsy and the other being profoundly deaf.
23.10 Maidstone 15 October 2013[196]
Improvements to the terrace home of former British Army engineer and parachutist Mo, which was no longer suitable for his and his family's needs; having been medically discharged after 20 years service due to prolonged and continuous damage to his knees, his condition had deteriorated to the point where he could no longer walk unaided and was in near constant pain.

Series 24[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
24.1 Halifax 22 October 2013[197]
Improvements to eight year old Josh's house, whose paralysis was restricting him to just two rooms.
24.2 Misterton 6 March 2014[198]
Completion and upgrading of an extension of Paul's two bedroom house to house his large family, which he was performing himself before his wife died shortly after she gave birth to their sixth child.

This was the biggest single house project of the show so far, and was hampered by blizzard conditions.

24.3 Manchester 19 March 2014[199]
Improvements to Rebecca and Steve's small house, which is no longer suitable following the birth of the couple's triplets two years earlier.
24.4 Spalding 19 May 2014[200]
Improvements to the home of eight-year-old Dakota, who was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy; the resulting increase in mobility is expected to increase her life expectancy of just 15 years.
24.5 Bury 30 May 2014[201]
Completion of upgrades to Michelle and Rod's house, made necessary due to the disabilities suffered by their six-year-old daughter Maddie as a result of a rare brain disease; they had begun the project themselves two years previously but had encountered unforeseen problems which meant they were living in just two rooms.
24.6 TBC TBC
As of June 2016, episode six had not been broadcast, with the series page containing the message "There will be 6 episodes. More information coming soon".[202]

Series 25[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
25.1 Sunderland 12 May 2014[203]
Extension of John and June's house, made necessary after June contracted a brain infection in 2010 and has been confined to a hospital bed in the kitchen ever since, unable to walk or talk.
25.2 Cumbria 28 August 2014[204]
Completion and upgrading of improvements to the 18th Century home of Rob and Michelle, which they were doing up themselves until their son Noah was born with spina bifida and only two per cent of his brain.
25.3 Hereford 4 September 2014[205]
A two-storey extension to the house of firefighter Colin and his wife Clare, made necessary by the February 2012 diagnosis of their eldest son Christopher, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
25.4 Warrington 11 September 2014[206]
Improvements to electrician Dave's house after he was left partially paralysed by a stroke, leaving him confined to a hospital bed in the kitchen of the house he shares with his wife and two daughters.
25.5 Orpington 18 September 2014[207]
Improvements to former hospital worker Jason and cardiac nurse Effie's two floor house, which is no longer suitable for them and their two children after Jason was left visually impaired, paralysed down one side and with limited speech after a motorcycle accident.
25.6 Basildon 21 October 2014[208]
Improvements to Jenny's home so that it is safe for her nine-year-old son Brandon, who has an extreme form of epilepsy.

Series 26[edit]

No. Title Broadcast
28.1 Swansea 18 December 2014[209]
Improvements to Helen's small three bedroom semi-detached house to allow fifteen year old Jack, born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, to sleep upstairs, and enable the family to spend more time together (Jack also having an elder brother, Dan).
28.2 Dartford 3 June 2015[210]
Improvements to Scott and Jenny's two-up, two-down end-of-terrace house, to allow their 13-year-old son Charlie, who was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and global developmental delay, to remain with the family alongside his two older and two younger brothers.

This was the biggest single house project of the show so far, involving a rebuild of the entire downstairs and remodeling of the rest.

28.3 Wigan 10 June 2015[211]
Addition of a self-contained apartment alongside Frank and Christine's two-bedroom bungalow so that they can care for their 35-year-old son Mark, who requires 24 hour care after suffering severe brain damage and paralysis as a result of an unprovoked attack in April 2012; for the past two years he had been living in a care home 15 miles.
28.4 Hull 17 June 2015[212]
Improvements to Liz and Jason's house, which Jason was improving before being diagnosed with the genetic condition Fabry's disease and also later motor neurone disease, giving him just years to live; this will allow Jason to continue to live with his family, and allow Liz to care for their daughters, who also have the genetic condition.
28.5 Loughborough 16 July 2015[213]
Improvements to 41-year-old father Mark's home to allow him to better recover from cancer, and give the family more space to care for their identical twins Katie and Emelia, born with achondroplasia.
28.6 Epsom 23 July 2015[214]
Improvements to the inadequate home of Sam and Ben, who are struggling to find time to both work as paramedics and raise their two sons, one of whom, five year old Ewan, has special needs.
28.7 Homes for Veterans (part 1) 14 October 2015[168]
See Big Build specials
28.8 Homes for Veterans (part 2) 21 October 2015[169]
See Big Build specials
28.9 Holmfirth 17 December 2015[215]
Improvements to former police officer Richard and Jude's home, which is no longer suitable for them and their three sons, Harry, nine, Oscar, seven and Archie, four, after Richard suffered a brainstem stroke in June 2012 and has only partially recovered after being locked-in for nine months, now being confined to an electric wheelchair with limited speech and movement.

Series 27[edit]

No. Title Broadcast Filmed
27.1 Birmingham 17 February 2016[216]
Improvements to Charlotte and Chris's cramped house to aid the development of their premature twins, who have the condition global developmental delay.
27.2 TBA (Shropshire) 9 June 2016[217] February 2016[218]
Completion of the renovation of former firefighter Joe's two bedroom two floor cottage; he had begun it himself before being hampered by an injury which meant he had to leave the fire service, and also a lack of funds due to flooding of the site. He also had to deal with the death of his wife from leukemia in 2014 shortly into the build. Completion would allow Joe and his 7-year-old daughter Lisa to move out of the caravan they had been living in on the site.
TBA TBA (Cheltenham) TBA August 2015[219]
TBA
TBA TBA (Monmouth) TBA April 2016[220]
TBA

Reception[edit]

Following the transition to the Big Build format, according to Stuart Heritage of The Guardian, the show is now a "big hitter", explaining that "Pound for pound [it] offers far more emotional heft than almost anything else on television". In its previous format the show had, in his view, merely "burbled along pointlessly", lacking ambition or an emotional connection with viewers.[221]

Garden SOS[edit]

On 7 July 2003 the BBC announced a sister show to DIY SOS, to be called Garden SOS; Running for only one series, it was first broadcast on BBC One from 4 September to 21 October 2003. Using the same format as DIY SOS, it was to tackle gardens instead of houses. Described by a reviewer as a hybrid between DIY SOS and Ground Force, the show featured a red and blue team of experts sent to work on different projects,[222] to be completed within three days.[223] It was presented by television presenter Andy Collins and garden designer Ann-Marie Powell.[224] As with DIY SOS, viewers were given the chance via a telephone vote to select the projects in each subsequent episode.[222] Reviewing the first episode for the Radio Times, David Butcher described the series as "all good fun", but lacking in gardening related content, and suggested this was one garden makeover series too many in an increasingly saturated market.[225] There were six episodes in total:

Episode No. Broadcast
1 4 September 2003[226]
Repair a botched attempt to join two gardens into one in Lancaster

Rescue a garden in Enfield with a hole where a patio was planned

2 11 September 2003[227]
Finish a garden project, started but abandoned by a gym enthusiast
3 18 September 2003[228]
Repair a garden in Surrey, left in a mess after the owners had swapped houses with their daughter[229]
4 25 September 2003[230]
Finish Wendy and Nigel's attempt to create a vegetable garden in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire[231]
5 2 October 2003[232]
Resolve the conflicts between couple Liz and Ian caused by their garden
6 9 October 2003[233]
Regenerate the garden of Raffles Community Centre in Carlisle[234]

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