Changing Rooms ‘to return after 16 years with Carol Smillie back hosting’

Channel 4 are reportedly keen to bring Changing Rooms back on our screens, with bosses said to be keen to bring back original hosts Carol Smillie and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

The show originally ran on BBC One between 1996 and 2004, starring Carol, Laurence and Linda Barker, among others.

But given its "cult following" and the "copycat makeover shows" it inspired, it's reported that Channel 4 want to revive it.

"Channel 4 execs would like to tap back into some of that telly magic and exploit the current nostalgia for bygone shows," a TV insider told The Sun.

Carol, now 58, fronted the show between 1996 and 2003, until she stepped down.

Then, Laurence, 55, took over as host after serving as a designer on the hugely popular show until it ended in 2004.

Scottish presenter Carol previously described the cult hit as "the best TV experience of [her] career".

She said in Weekend Magazine in 2017: "In 1996 I was the original presenter of BBC2's Changing Rooms – it was one of the first reality shows and is credited with starting the DIY craze of the late '90s.

"It was the best TV experience of my career – we were a happy bunch who went into it naively but came out the other end as household names with a BAFTA nomination and invitations to both Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

"It was the stuff of dreams, and all from watching paint dry."

Since Changing Rooms, Carol has gone on to have a varied television career, including a spot on Strictly Come Dancing in 2006.

She was paired with former pro Matthew Cutler, who left the show in 2010, and was eliminated in week eight, coming in fifth place.

Carol has gone on to enjoy a stage career too, appearing in productions including The Vagina Monologues and Hormonal Housewives.

Meanwhile, Laurence hosted daytime show Auction Party and joined Australian show House Rules as a judge in 2017.

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