Heart­warm­ing telly that is built to last

THE SHOW’S FOR­MULA IS THE SAME AS EVER, BUT WE COULDN’T BE HAP­PIER TO SEE NICK KNOWLES’ DIY SOS GANG RE­TURN

Manchester Evening News - - TODAY’S TV - With Sara Wal­lis

BY RIGHTS, we should be bored of this show by now. It’s been on for years, the cast list hasn’t re­ally changed, nei­ther has the set-up, and it’s pretty for­mu­laic and pre­dictable. And yet, this sim­ple se­ries re­mains one of the most heart-warm­ing and life-af­firm­ing hours on the box each week.

And it’s all be­cause of the peo­ple in­volved – both those who are hav­ing their lives changed as their homes are trans­formed, and those who are do­ing the trans­form­ing.

This week, Nick Knowles and his team of merry men in pur­ple are in Broms­grove, where 28-year-old Karis cur­rently lives with her mum Karen. Karis has cere­bral palsy and needs con­stant care, but un­for­tu­nately Karen’s health is suf­fer­ing af­ter a stroke and a se­ries of falls and she can no longer man­age.

The op­tion the fam­ily is cur­rently fac­ing is for Karis – a vi­brant, funny young woman – to move into a res­i­den­tial home, where she would be sur­rounded by peo­ple in their 80s and 90s. Un­less the DIY SOS crew and the Brum­mie army of vol­un­teer trades­peo­ple can help trans­form her older sis­ter Jo’s home and make it ac­ces­si­ble, so that Karis can move in with her.

It’s a big com­mit­ment for Jo to take on, but this fam­ily of Three Mus­ke­teers are so close and lov­ing and don’t want to be sep­a­rated.

As ever, the trades turn up in huge num­bers to com­pletely gut and re­build Jo’s home, and there are tears ga­lore as the trans­for­ma­tion is un­veiled.

Dream team: Billy Byrne, Nick Knowles, Mark Mil­lar and Ju­lian Perry are among those get­ting stuck into more life-chang­ing big build projects

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