Nick Knowles films new Channel 5 home improvements show

Nick Knowles is filming his latest home improvements show in Kent. The presenter, 58, is involved in renovating a family home in Deal for the Channel 5 programme which is due to air in the summer.

Nick Knowles takes a break from filming his new show, Nick Knowles: Your Life on Your Lawn. Pictures Beth Robson Nick Knowles takes a break from filming his new show, Nick Knowles: Your Life on Your Lawn. Pictures Beth Robson

With the working title Nick Knowles: Your Life on Your Lawn, it films families whose homes have been lost to clutter. During the process, the homeowners move out and Nick and his team breeze in, clearing it out and transforming it into their dream home from scratch.

The family returns a few days later for a big reveal. Nick is famed for fronting BBC1’s DIY SoS for 22 years since 1999.

He was seen earlier this morning entering the home in Bruce Close.

A cameraman films a carpenter cutting wood A cameraman films a carpenter cutting wood

Although not allowed to be interviewed, he stopped to say a cheery hello to our reporter when arriving in the cul-de-sac, which has seen removal vans trade vehicles and production vans passing through all week. Tradesmen from all over the country make up the team.

Our reporter has seen carpenters and painters working outside and what appears to be interior designers going in with soft furnishings from a hire van.

Behind the mask a painter and decorator was a dead ringer for Nick Knowles Behind the mask a painter and decorator was a dead ringer for Nick Knowles

Chats with neighbours reveal a family of four live inside and those living in the close received polite letters warning them of possible disruption for the few days that work takes place. According to one neighbour the big reveal is expected in the next few days.

Estate agent Thomas Dean of Thomas & Partners, visited. Pictured here in a green coat Estate agent Thomas Dean of Thomas & Partners, visited. Pictured here in a green coat

A statement from Channel 5 said Nick Knowles: Your Life On Your Lawn is a major new format following Nick as he rescues families trapped in cluttered houses and completely reorganizes their homes so they can finally realise the potential of the properties they originally fell in love with. In each episode, Nick will begin by emptying the overflowing home of all its belongings, furniture and possessions and laying every single possession they own out on their lawn.

New soft furnishings and photo frames were inside a truck and were being taken inside New soft furnishings and photo frames were inside a truck and were being taken inside

“Nick will then guide each family through a cathartic and emotional decluttering process as they decide whether to bin, sell, revamp or recycle their items.

“Any money they make along the way will be sunk straight back into this mega makeover.

Tradesmen have a chat about how work is going inside Tradesmen have a chat about how work is going inside

“Then begins a rapid and fascinating process of transforming it into their dream house through inventive ideas and aspirational designs.

“Individual rooms will also be targeted to make the family’s wishes come true. Spaces and rooms previously unused and lost under junk or bad design will be turned into something truly special and spectacular: like a peaceful home office, a quirky bar or home cinema.

Materials were brought outside for painting Materials were brought outside for painting

By the end of each episode, the old home will be gone and the families will be left with a dream home to live in that appears to have doubled in size.” In an official statement Nick Knowles said: “I’m really excited to be working with Channel 5 on these new programmes.

The drive became a carpenter's workspace The drive became a carpenter’s workspace

“They have been channel of the year for two years running and are making such good shows currently, it was a no brainer to join in!

I think people will love the series which will be useful, inspirational and be in tune with how people are feeling about their homes coming out of lockdown. We are determined it will be a lot of fun too.” Commissioning Editor Guy Davies said: “We are thrilled that Nick, one of the nation’s best loved presenters, is making such a commitment to Channel 5 with these exciting new shows.”

A marquee was moved from the drive and taken down A marquee was moved from the drive and taken down

The show will be executive produced by the newly appointed head of factual and features at Viacom International Studios (VIS) UK Oliver Wright.

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