Changing Rooms 'set to be axed' as Channel 4 reboot 'loses third of viewers'

Originally running on BBC Two from 1996 to 2004 and attracting 10 million viewers, Changing Rooms was a huge hit which influenced our homes.

After 17 years off our screens it arrived on Channel 4 with great fanfare this summer.

But within just three episodes a third of viewers had abandoned the show.

A television source told The Mirror: “Channel 4 will be wondering what has gone wrong. A lot was put into it but it doesn’t seem to have caught on.”

“It won’t be missed.”

Original Changing Rooms design guru Laurence Lllewellyn-Bowen once again helped guide well meaning homeowners as they made over a neighbour’s room.

LLB, Anna Richardson
The rebooted version of Changing Rooms is reportedly facing the chop

LLB was joined by Anna Richardson, 50, who helms C4’s raunchy dating show Naked Attraction. She replaced original host Carol Smillie.

Also part of the new lineup are new designers Jordan Cluroe, Russell Whitehead and carpenter Tibby Singh.

The show was immediately mocked for its bizarre designs. The first episode saw blonde wigs hung from a wall in a house in Swansea, South Wales.

Laurence Llewellen-Bowen, Anna Richardson, Tibby Singh, Jordan Cluroe , Russell Whitehead
Laurence Llewellen-Bowen, Anna Richardson, Tibby Singh, Jordan Cluroe , Russell Whitehead are part of the new line-up

Some viewers said the show was like watching paint dry. One branded it ­“horrific” and another called it “one of the worst things I’ve ever seen”.

A reviewer in the Guardian wrote that the designs were so awful they could scar viewers for life.

Daily Star have reached out to Channel 4 for a comment.

With 90s nostalgia at an all time high and a younger generation interested in interior design, a Changing Rooms reboot must have looked like a sure fire winner.

Carol Smillie presenter of the television programme Changing Rooms
Carol Smillie wasn’t asked back for the revamped series on Channel 4

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Original host Carol Smilie made her feelings clear early on when the new version debuted.

Carol, 59, took to her Twitter account to like a series of tweets criticising the decision to leave her out of the reboot of the DIY hit.

Carol hosted the original BBC series from 1996 to 2003, but her co-presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen was the only one asked to return for Channel 4’s version.

The TV presenter was first replaced by Davina McCall, who after being forced to pull out due to scheduling conflicts, was replaced by Anna Richardson, 50.

Channel 4 has said: “The commission was for one series. A decision won’t be made until series one has finished.”

Changing Rooms airs Wednesdays on Channel 4 at 8pm


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