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The Big Build - Bromley

Nick Knowles and the team create a safe and inspiring home space for the family of a two-year-old with a very rare lung condition.

Tonight, Nick Knowles, the DIY SOS team and their volunteers step up to help the Newcombe family in Kent.

Every parent thinks of their child as being one in a million, but two-year-old Arlo Newcombe really is. Arlo has a lung condition so rare that it has never been seen before in the UK. His lungs must be constantly supported, which has left him dependant on oxygen 24/7. From birth the family have been confined to a five-foot cubicle at Kings College Hospital, all while witnessing ‘life on the knife edge’ in the intensive care ward.

Despite his condition, Arlo is mentally and physically a typical toddler. Defying the odds, after two years in intensive care and specialist training for the parents, Arlo finally made it home. However, he needs a minimum of two highly trained carers on constant watch, making family life – let alone sleep for mum and dad – almost impossible. Trailing breathing tubes, equipment the size of tumble dryers and the lack of a downstairs bathroom have turned their once-safe home into a risky space for Arlo and his brothers, Luca and Sonny. It’s also urgent that dad Mike returns to work to pay for the mortgage and bills. Otherwise they risk losing their house and seeing Arlo back in intensive care.

The DIY SOS team have amassed an volunteer army to create a safe and inspiring space that Arlo and his family can call home.

57 minutes

Last on

Tue 18 Feb 2020 08:00

Music Played

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

  • 00:08

    Jessie Ware


  • 00:11

    Jess Glynne

    Hold My Hand

  • 00:12

    Plan B


  • 00:14

    Plan B

    Writings On The Wall (Instrumenal)

  • 00:15

    Mark Ronson


  • 00:19

    Wild Beasts

    We Still Got the Taste Dancin' on Our Tongues

  • 00:20

    Wild Beasts, Hayden Thorpe

    We Still Got The Taste Dancin On Our Tongues

  • 00:20

    Rizzle Kicks


  • 00:21

    Paloma Faith

    Upside Down

  • 00:23

    Dizzee Rascal


  • 00:24

    Doves, Jimi Goodwin

    House of Mirrors

  • 00:25

    Sigala & Paloma Faith

    Lullaby (Extended Mix)

  • 00:29

    Just Jack


  • 00:32


    Bicycle Race

  • 00:32

    George Ezra

    Pretty Shining People

  • 00:34

    Richard Hawley

    Something Is...!

  • 00:35

    Florence + the Machine

    Shake It Out

  • 00:39


    Right Here (feat. Foxes)

  • 00:40

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Noel Gallagher

    Aka... What A Life!

  • 00:41

    James Arthur


  • 00:43

    Paloma Faith


  • 00:47

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    Everybody's On The Run

  • 00:45

    Rag’n’Bone Man


  • 00:52

    Plan B

    Writings On The Wall (Instrumenal)

  • 00:54

    Snow Patrol

    Set the Fire to the Third Bar (feat. Martha Wainwright)


Role Contributor
Presenter Nick Knowles
Executive Producer Paolo Proto
Series Producer Hamish Summers


  • Wed 11 Dec 2019 20:00
  • Sun 15 Dec 2019 16:35
  • Tue 18 Feb 2020 08:00

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