Ah, DIY SOS.
The BBC show starring Nick Knowles and his crew of hardy tradesmen has been gracing our screens since 1999. However, fans of Mr Knowles were shocked to learn that the famous labourer-turned TV presenter fears that this year’s season could be the last.
Speaking in an interview to promote his new vegan cookbook, ‘Proper Healthy Food’, he expressed exhaustion and concern that the show could be getting the boot after nearly 20 years on TV.
“We have another six to do at the end of this year and that might be the end of it then.”
During their time on our screens, Knowles and his team have gone from fixing DIY disasters to spearheading projects to provide help for the UK’s most vulnerable. In 2015, he even teamed up with princes William and Harry in a project to renovate houses for injured army personnel.
However, despite still raking in over 9m viewers, his show could be on its last legs as a result of physical and financial strain.
“We have to do so many hours outside of what the BBC will allow us. Everyone is knackered at the end of it and we haven’t been told about a recommission for the next series.
“Despite its success, a lot of people are thinking about whether it should go on. DIY SOS is multi-cultural and regional and it gets into some of the more working class areas, which the BBC doesn’t always get into.”
Even with the waves of volunteers that DIY SOS continues to attract, it seems that too many hours have to be put in to complete the show’s projects.
Knowles admitted that members of his team were “hundreds of hours outside of the time they are paid.”
“There is no more money available. It becomes more and more difficult to do. There’s less and less staff."
After doing so much good for so many people around the UK, many fans are calling for Knowles to be awarded his own MBE.
Could it happen before DIY SOS disappears for good?