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
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