BBC Factual Features & Formats commissions The Great Interior Design Challenge for BBC Two

I'm excited that The Great Interior Design Challenge not only changes people's lives - both discovering new creative talent and transforming people's homes - but at last gives real interior design the respect it deserves."Tom Dyckhoff
Date: 13.11.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.05
Tanya Shaw, Commissioning Editor for Factual Features & Formats, and Alison Kirkham, BBC Head of Commissioning for Factual Features & Formats, today announces new commission The Great Interior Design Challenge, 12x60', for BBC Two.

Tom Dyckhoff, architecture and design critic for The Times, will present the series which is looking for Britain’s keenest amateur interior designers.

Tom says: "Our homes are the most important, most intimate bit of design most of us ever experience. And there's a lot more to getting them right than a quick makeover, plumping a few cushions or popping to a well-known Scandinavian furniture store. I'm excited that The Great Interior Design Challenge not only changes people's lives - both discovering new creative talent and transforming people's homes - but at last gives real interior design the respect it deserves."

The contestants all rate their own creativity and have the homes to prove it – but can they realise someone else’s interior tastes and style? Brave homeowners give over their bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, hallways, and studies to put them all to the test. Each episode will follow the wannabe designer’s trials and tribulations as they source materials, select products and try to find everything they need to make their room look great whilst staying in budget.

But it won’t just be the homeowners that give the amateur designers their painfully honest feedback - on hand to give their experienced opinions are Daniel Hopwood, award-winning architect and interior designer, and Sophie Robinson, ex-editor of BBC Good Homes and Interior Designer.

On what he will be impressed by, Daniel says: “I am looking to discover a new wave of designers, brimming with ideas to inspire us all and neat solutions for our everyday lives."

On what she will be looking for, Sophie says: “I'm looking for designers who have the confidence and the ability to use colour and pattern in their schemes, who can interpret the client’s brief and deliver a room that exceeds their expectations whilst eking out every inch of their budget to deliver the most value for money.”

The series will introduce a new street each week and viewers will learn about its history and how it has affected the architecture of the homes there. The show will also be packed full of handy tips and guides for keen home decorators everywhere.

Tanya says: “I am delighted to be welcoming some great new talent to BBC Two with the hugely talented Daniel Hopwood and extremely experienced Sophie Robinson in Britain's Best Interior Designer – any interior fanatics at home should get their notepads out for this one as there will be tips and tricks not to be missed!”

Britain's Best Interior Designer is executive produced for the BBC by Tanya Shaw and Alannah Richardson for Studio Lambert.

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