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Michael Donald and Ros Havard

Britain's Empty Homes, Series 3 Episode 1 of 20

There are currently almost a million empty properties in the UK. That's nearly one in twenty homes standing empty, a staggering statistic considering the shortage of available housing on the market and the rocketing demand.

Britain's Empty Homes is the BBC1 series which shows viewers how to unlock the amazing potential of these abandoned buildings, revealing ways in which they can be brought back to use and transformed into dream homes.

The revamped series, with new presenter Joe Crowley, offers invaluable advice for viewers looking to rescue a house for themselves, as well as featuring ambitious renovations and inspirational transformations.

It highlights the work carried out by the UK's empty property officers, whose job it is to get unoccupied homes back into use, and Joe finds out more about our housing stock, our heritage and why we should be both reinventing and preserving Britain's Empty Homes.

Joe meets Michael Donald and his partner Ros Havard, who have just purchased an empty metal waste warehouse in picturesque Shropshire. The couple are passionate about restoring it and turning it into their dream home, but they could do with some reassurance and practical tips. Joe takes them to meet a couple who have painstakingly restored a tumble-down old mill back to its former glory and transformed it into a stunning family home.

Plus a look at what is being done in the Brecon Beacons to combat housing shortages, and Britain's Empty Homes joins one of the UK's empty property officers on her crusade to bring some of Derbyshire's unloved homes back to life.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Mon 8 Jul 2013 18:30


Role Contributor
PresenterJoe Crowley
DirectorDan Gilbert
Series ProducerHannah Lamb