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The Big Build - Holmfirth

Episode 9 of 9

Home renovation series. The team transform a family's house in order to assist Richard's recovery, after suffering a brain stem stroke, and build a new family home.

Ten years ago Richard and Jude Ford met while working for the police. They married and started a family and now have three sons, nine-year-old Harry, seven-year-old Oscar and Archie who is four. Richard was a keen athlete and coached his sons' football club, but in June 2012, two weeks after running the Edinburgh Marathon, he suffered a devastating brain stem stroke and he was put into an induced coma. For 9 months he suffered from locked-in syndrome, meaning he was aware of everything that was going on around him but could not move or communicate. He's no longer locked in but Richard has limited movement and speech and is confined to an electric wheelchair, communicating via an iPad. Since his return home, the family have had to convert the children's playroom into a bedroom for Richard. He has no choice but to use a commode chair to go to the toilet, sometimes in full sight of his family. Tragically, though his body no longer works, Richard's mind is unaffected, so he is fully aware of his situation. He has very little privacy or independence. With the aid of his iPad voice simulator he tells us 'all I want is to be a husband and a father again'.

Reluctant to ask for help, Nick, his team and designer Charlie Luxton transform the Fords' house in order to assist Richard's recovery and build a new family home.

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Thu 23 Nov 2017 20:00

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    Cha-Ching (Till We Grown Older)

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    24 Windowed House

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    Paloma Faith

    Trouble With My Baby

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    Sleeping With The Enemy

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    Kiss With A Fist

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    To Build A Home

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    In The Mirror

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    Never Been Better

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    Daft Punk

    Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)

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    Hey Now

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    Take That

    Let In The Sun

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    Your Biggest Mistake

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    Eliza Doolittle

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Role Contributor
Presenter Nick Knowles
Participant Charlie Luxton
Participant Mark Millar
Participant Julian Perryman
Participant Chris Frediani
Participant Billy Byrne
Executive Producer Robi Dutta
Series Producer Mike Ratcliffe
Director Helga Berry


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