Carol Smillie up for Changing Rooms reboot — but fears it won't be big hit

CAROL SMILLIE would consider returning to host Changing Rooms if the Nineties and Noughties classic was rebooted.

She presented the home makeover show from 1996 to 2003 before quitting and eventually becoming a humanist celebrant who oversees weddings and funerals.

Despite not yet being contacted by Channel 4, she admits the prospect has grabbed her interest because it could involve her being reunited with co-stars including Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, and Linda Barker.

Carol said: “I’d love it because I would be able to see all the people again, which is what it was about for me: The team — not just on camera, but off camera too.

“I’ve had a long chat with Linda, who has got in touch.”

The Sun revealed last week that C4 was looking at bringing the show back and hoped to enlist some of the famous names from its first incarnation on BBC1.

But Carol is worried it might not prove as big a hit with modern viewers. She said: “It’s like trying to recreate the best night out you’ve ever had — it’s never going to be the best night out again.

“Audiences nowadays are far more savvy. When a TV voiceover said, ‘I don’t know if we’re going to be able to do this’, you believed them then.”

But Laurence, also pictured, seems to have ruled himself out. The flamboyant designer, who hosted from 2003 to 2004, said: “I have so many commitments in Asia, Australia and America. And squeezing myself into those leather trousers again would require a HUGE amount of baby powder.

“Would the world be ready?”

Maybe not, but we are ready for a second helping of Changing Rooms.

Kirsty’s sticking to black

DRESSING head to toe in black is the safest way to create a chic look – unless of course you leave a price tag on for all to see.

That’s just what happened to Kirsty Gallacher, who stepped out in this get-up.

But the telly presenter left stickers on the underside of both shoes, revealing she shelled out £44 for the footwear.

No doubt Kirsty will be kicking herself for that.


OLLY MURS has been named captain of the England squad for this year’s Soccer Aid, which raises funds for Unicef and takes place on Sunday.

The charity match is being played at Man United’s ground Old Trafford, where the singer’s team, bossed by Sam Allardyce and Wayne Rooney, will take on Harry Redknapp’s World XI.

Some of the celebrities taking part include Kem, Cetinay, Jason Manford, Joe Wicks and Mark Wright.

The game is being played without a crowd for the first time in the event’s 14-year history.

But with a line-up this good, I think it will be as brilliant as ever.

Boy, It's got lots of sex

STEAMY drama Boys boasts a star-studded cast including Keeley Hawes and Stephen Fry – but it’s also soaked in more sex than the Beeb’s Normal People.

That is according to one of the cast members of Russell T Davies’ five-part series due for Channel 4 later this year.

Ex-Hollyoaks star Nathan Sussex appears opposite lead actor and Years & Years frontman, Olly Alexander.

The show is set amid the Eighties Aids epidemic.

Nathan said: “It might well match Normal People for being the sexiest show of the year. I remember reading the script and thinking, ‘This is quite racy’. There are some pretty graphic scenes, but without those you can’t really tell the story.

“You need to include that to give it some context.

“It’s going to get tongues wagging and I would expect nothing less from Russell T Davies. He writes really challenging drama.”

Must watch

WHAT? Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum, ITV, 9pm.

WHY? The singer and actress gives an insight into her mental health in the run-up to giving birth to her first child – and shares her hopes and fears for the future.

Enders on-set hassles

EASTENDERS has gone to great lengths to protect cast and crew from Covid – including clever editing and Perspex screens between actors.

But stalwarts Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian, and Letitia Dean, who plays Sharon, say it has caused problems.

Adam told Radio Times: “If rain gets on the Perspex, you can’t shoot through it and you can only wipe it dry with a certain type of cloth.

“When we’re inside, we’re getting reflections. But it’s honestly taking for ever. I could fall asleep between takes.”

Letitia said social distancing and hand sanitising was another challenge.

She added: “You can’t move for that 2m stick and sanitiser. I don’t mind the slower pace. If it means we can keep making television, then that’s great.

“I’m hoping the audience will be able to appreciate the new drama without thinking about all the trickery.”

Biz Bit

CATHERINE TYLDESLEY has started shooting in Manchester for gritty cop drama Viewpoint. The actress was kitted out in figure-hugging sportswear during takes, which she covered with a puffer coat to fight the cold when not being filmed.

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