DIY SOS is a British DIY television series made for the BBC.Launched in 1999 after audience figures showed interest in other home make-over shows such as Changing Rooms, DIY SOS is a weekly full builder and designer level renovation of a section of a viewers home, taken on by a team of professionals after a viewers DIY project has gone wrong and not been finished. The series has changed format over the years and now is less of a DIY "How To" show and more of a sitcom with builders. It is the longest running show of its format having been shown for just over 10 years. Some believe it has cult status and even has an active dedicated forum.Nick Knowles and the team issue a call to arms and recruit friends, family and local trades to help transform the homes of families across Britain.
Nick Knowles meets 47-year-old Stuart in Torquay, who has progressive multiple sclerosis. Despite being six foot seven, he sleeps in a chair in the living room. His primary carer is his 73-year-old mother, Grandma Lin, who is completely blind, and walks across town every day to see to her son and her granddaughter Lauren's needs. Can the crack team of builders, plasterers and electricians help turn their lives around?
The team transforms a home in Bolton, Lancashire for the Taylor-Mann family, making the house more suitable for nine-year-old William, who has severe autism. Williams's condition means that he is extremely hypersensitive to noise, and being in close proximity to his siblings is often just too much for him to bear. Nick Knowles and the team, with the help of kind volunteers, transform the property to create a quiet, calm space that can help William feel as comfortable as possible.
Nick Knowles and the team return to Veterans Street in Manchester, where, two years ago, with the help of Prince William and Prince Harry, DIY SOS launched their most ambitious project yet - transforming a derelict street into a vibrant community for veterans and local people. This time they build the final home for decorated former soldier and single dad Simon Flores, whose foot was blown off by a roadside bomb during a patrol in Iraq.
In March 2015, football fan Simon Dobbin was at an away game when he was set upon by a gang of men in an unprovoked attack that left him brain damaged, paralysed and unable to walk and talk. After many months in hospital he is finally back at home in Mildenhall Suffolk, where he receives round-the-clock care from wife Nicole. But the family home is unfit for Simon's care and rehabilitation - so that's where Nick Knowles, designer Laurence Llewelyn- Bowen and the DIY SOS team come in, strengthened by a number of local tradesmen.