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The Big Build - Avening

This week Nick Knowles's DIY SOS team pitch up in Avening in the Cotswolds to help project manager Ben, whose life was changed in a split second by a freak accident.

This week, Nick Knowles's DIY SOS team, the flamboyant designer Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and volunteers pitch up in Avening, in the idyllic Cotswolds, to help project manager Ben, whose life was changed in a split second by a freak accident on holiday.

In April 2016, whilst holidaying in Cyprus with his partner Ella and daughters Iris and Olivia, Ben slipped and fell head-first into the shallow end of a pool, breaking his neck in three places. After months of treatment in Cyprus and Germany, he was finally flown back to the UK, where the Salisbury Spinal Unit made amazing progress with him over the next 12 months.

Despite his life-changing injuries there is hope: if Ben could return home, he would be reunited with his family and could even work from home again as a project manager. But for this dream to become a reality, his home needs to be adapted with front access and a two-storey extension with through-floor lift, along with everything for the bespoke care that Ben will need.

Avening is a special place. The local community here have donated their time and money to carve out the steep stone hillside for one of the two extensions and lay a concrete ramp from the road to the front door, but funds have run out. Now the DIY SOS team are joining forces with this generous community to get the build finished.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 3 Oct 2018 23:10

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    Ed Sheeran

    Castle On The Hill

  • 00:02


    Let Her Go

  • 00:03

    Gabrielle Aplin

    The Power Of Love

  • 00:06


    Coming Home (feat. Rita Ora, Sigma)

  • 00:10

    City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

    Theme and Chase

  • 00:11

    Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg

    Je t' non plus

  • 00:11

    David Dundas

    Jeans On

  • 00:12


    Let Go For Tonight

  • 00:13


    Bohemian Rhapsody

  • 00:14


    Coffee & TV

  • 00:15

    Lily Allen


  • 00:16

    Gabrielle Aplin

    Take Me Away

  • 00:17

    Gabrielle Aplin

    Start of Time

  • 00:17

    Tom Odell


  • 00:19

    Calvin Harris

    Acceptable In The 80s

  • 00:20

    Sandy Denny

    Who Knows Where The Time Goes?

  • 00:21

    Husky Rescue

    Nightless Night

  • 00:22

    Roxy Music

    Love Is the Drug

  • 00:23



  • 00:26

    Noah and the Whale

    Give It All Back

  • 00:27

    The Stranglers


  • 00:28


    Supa Shoppa

  • 00:29

    London Music Works

    Old Ned

  • 00:29

    Little Mix

    Change Your Life

  • 00:30

    The Beautiful South

    Perfect 10

  • 00:31


    Weather To Fly

  • 00:29


    One Vision

  • 00:36

    Pixie Lott

    Boys & Girls

  • 00:37

    Jon Hopkins


  • 00:38

    Tom Odell

    Another Love

  • 00:39

    The Verve

    Lucky Man

  • 00:41

    Take That

    Beautful World

  • 00:45



  • 00:49

    Take That

    Wooden Boat

  • 00:51

    Emeli Sandé


  • 00:52

    Take That

    Greatest Day

  • 00:53


    A Head Full Of Dreams

  • 00:55


    Coming Home (feat. Rita Ora, Sigma)


Role Contributor
Presenter Nick Knowles
Executive Producer Robi Dutta
Series Producer Hamish Summers
Director Charley Adams
Production Manager Wendhy Sierra


  • Wed 3 Oct 2018 20:00
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