Changing Rooms 'is poised for a return to screens after 16 years'

Changing Rooms ‘is poised for a return after 16 years… and bosses are keen to bring back original stars Carol Smillie and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’

Changing Rooms is reportedly poised for a return to screens – and bosses are said to be keen to bring back Carol Smillie and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

The classic home makeover show aired on the BBC1 between 1996 and 2004, and has been credited with whetting the viewing public’s appetite for property-themed programming and even unscripted TV as a whole.

And The Sun reports that the show could be revived by Channel 4, with a source saying: ‘Changing Rooms was something of a phenomenon, spawning a long line of copycat makeover shows and it still retains a cult following.

Making a comeback? Changing Rooms is reportedly poised for a return to screens – and bosses are said to be keen to bring back original star Carol Smillie

‘Not only did it spawn a long line of copycat makeover shows, it still retains a cult following among a whole generation of fans.

‘C4 execs would like to tap back into some of that telly magic and exploit the current nostalgia for bygone shows.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives of Channel 4 for comment.

Carol, now 58, presented the hugely popular show from 1996 until 2003, while Laurence, 55, graduated from designer to host until the programme’s end in 2004. 

Wanted: Bosses are also said to be eager to sign up Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, who served as a designer on the show until taking over hosting duties after Carol’s 2003 departure

In a 2017 interview for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine, Scottish TV personality Carol described the show as ‘the best TV experience of [her] career’. 

She said: ‘In 1996 I was the original presenter of BBC2’s Changing Rooms – it was one of the first reality shows and is credited with starting the DIY craze of the late ’90s.

‘It was the best TV experience of my career – we were a happy bunch who went into it naively but came out the other end as household names with a BAFTA nomination and invitations to both Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

‘It was the stuff of dreams, and all from watching paint dry!’

Show: (L-R) Laurence and his wife Jackie, Carol, Linda Barker and her husband Chris in 2002

Back in 2018, Carol surprised fans when she popped up on The Voice, where she and her husband Ken were seen supporting their 20-year-old daughter Jodie Knight.

Despite her performing a rousing rendition of the Goo Goo Dolls’ hit Iris, the then-teen was left disappointed when none of the judges turned around for her.

Carol, who also hosted the National Lottery, said she was nervous of her daughter’s wish to become a singer.

She said during her appearance on the show: ‘I am so excited for her, but I’m apprehensive I suppose because you want to protect her as a parent.’

‘I would never hold her back as a parent as both of us feel something good will come of it,’ she added.

Original: Scottish Carol, now 58, presented the hugely popular show from 1996 until 2003

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