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Is Changing Rooms set to return with Carol Smillie and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen?

The original BBC show was on air from 1996 to 2004

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Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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Changing Rooms, the original home makeover show, could be set to return to our TV screens. According to reports, the BBC programme is being considered for a revival by Channel 4 – and bosses are said to be keen to get original presenters Carol Smillie and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on board.

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Watch: Linda Barker's Changing Rooms Teapot Disaster - © BBC

A Channel 4 spokesperson confirmed to the Radio Times: "We are exploring the idea, but nothing is confirmed."

Changing Rooms ran from 1996 until 2004, and still retains something of a cult following. The premise saw neighbours or friends decorating a room in each other's homes with the help of an interior designer – and with some seriously over-the-top designs included, there were often mixed results!

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In one memorable episode, Linda Barker was tasked with creating a room that would accommodate the owner's large collection of tea pots. Shockingly, the shelf collapsed, however, destroying the entire valuable collection.

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Laurence Llewlyn-Bowen was both a designer and host on the show

One of Laurence's more outrageous designs upset another couple, when he famously decorated a room entirely in animal print, leading the horrified owner to describe it as resembling a "tart's boudoir".

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Carol hosted the show from 1996 until 2003, when former designer Laurence took over at the helm. In a 2017 interview for the Daily Mail's Weekend Magazine, Carol described the show as "the best TV experience of [her] career".

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Carol Smillie was the original Changing Rooms presenter

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!"

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