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

I’m thrilled that The Great interior Design Challenge was so enjoyed by BBC Two viewers. The amateurs in the series really showed how a small budget can make a huge change. It is great to be able to bring through new home formats like this and 100k House, which have mastered the balance of combining creativity with realistic budgets - earning them a place in the affections of the audience.Alison Kirkham, Head of Commissioning for Factual Features & Formats, BBC
Date: 06.06.2014     Last updated: 06.06.2014 at 12.36
Category: BBC Two; Factual
Alison Kirkham, BBC Head of Commissioning for Factual Features & Formats, today announced the recommission of The Great Interior Design Challenge, a 16x60 series for BBC Two.

This time it’s back with four extra episodes so the series will provide even more inspirational ideas for BBC Two viewers. 

Tom Dyckhoff, architecture and design critic for The Times, will present the series and the judges are Daniel Hopwood, award-winning architect and interior designer, and Sophie Robinson, ex-editor of BBC Good Homes and Interior Stylist.

Tom says: "The first series of The Great Interior Design Challenge showed just how hard real interior design can be, and just how talented our amateur designers were. We had a great viewer response to the show, so we're all extremely excited to be let loose on the country's homes once again to discover those designer diamonds in the rough."

Sophie says: “Interior design is one if the best ways to improve the enjoyment of your home and the last series showed that we have an abundance of talent and enthusiasm for this subject. I can't wait to see the new ideas and creativity our next crop of amateurs will bring to the show. My inkling is the standard is just going to get better and better.”

Daniel says: “It was about time that there was a decent interior design series on TV and the Design Challenge is it. A joy to make, there was so much to learn from the amateur designers even for me! What’s even better, I get to do it all again.”

The series travels across the country to celebrate British architecture and learn the history of some of Britain’s most iconic house styles. Each episode sees a different street and a different style. Some of the homes that were featured in the last series included 1930s art deco houses in Kent, converted mills on the Thames and thatched cottages in Dorset. The amateur designers are given a brief from the homeowner and then have 48 hours over three days to transform the room.

For the new series the production team are filming in Garden City Suburbs; beach huts in Poole; tenements in Edinburgh; oast houses in Kent; fishermen’s cottages in Brixham; cottages in the Cotswolds; and eco homes in London

The Great Interior Design Challenge is executive produced for the BBC by Lindsay Bradbury and Tom Garland and Tim Harcourt for Studio Lambert.