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AND HERE IS YOUR CABINET FOR YOUR TEA POTS......ONLY THING IS IVE SMASHED ALL YOUR TEAPOTS!!!!!!
Member Name: bishopview
Advantages: FIRST OF IT'S KIND.
Disadvantages: REALLY CHEAP AND TACKY.
Before the days when every show was either centred around cooking, gardening or interior design There was nothing much in the way of reality shows on the television. However one programme which became a massive success and paved the way for interior design esqe programmes was changing rooms.
Changing rooms was aired on bbc. It was presented by a very young and smiley Carol Smiley. Basically the remit of the show was that two sets of neighbours would each be given a £500 budget and a interior designer in order to decorate the other couples room.
This show was where the likes of Lawrence Llywellyn Bowen and Linda Barker were first introduced to the viewers. All have now gone on to be household celebrities. But back in the day they really were dipping their toes in the interior designing water. Obviously with just £500 budget. Often the makeovers would end up disasterous. Many a time there would be tears shed. I think this is what made the show so popular.
Everything was made out of mdf. This was left up to cockney carpenter Handy Andy who also became a household name due to his wide boy personality. It just shows how popular this show became as Handy Andy brought out a cheesy remake of if I had a hammer and made it on to top of the pops.
Lawrence LLywellyn Bowen was always the flamboyant designer trying to turn a one bedroom in a flat into a guild enclustered boudoir. I used to laugh to myself at the body language of the participants when they realsied that Lawrence was going to make over their room. You could see the contimplation of making a run for it flash through their eyes.
The worst disaster of changing rooms which will forever be ingrained into my mind involved designer Linda Barker. She in all her wisdom decided to have a free hanging cabinet made out of mdf in order to display the owners priceless collection of tea pots. The room was left in order for revealing but just before they were due to go in they heard a huge smash and found the hanging cabinet had dismantled smashing every last tea pot on the way down!!!
I remember watching the show open mouthed. Feeling really awful for giggling slightly. (well I was only a kid.) but this was just cringeworthy television at it's best.
In all fairness this show was groundbreaking. It had everyone discussing colours and fabrics. Things that people wouldnt have had conversations about before. There was a huge surge in sales in diy stores where viewers were inspired to try out different colours in paints and fabrics.
This show also had a great fun element too it as well. The atmosphere was very informal which often led to some fun elements within the show. Carol Smilie was really fantatsic on this show. Her warmth and empathy really helped make the show more special.
Say what you like about changing rooms. Some of the designs were really awful. But this show was a groundbreaker in paving the way for interior design shows we have today. At the time this show was fresh and different and offered something exciting. I don't think I had ever seen a show of this kind before. Even as a young girl I would be filled with anticipation, wondering what the rooms would turn out like.
The show was also very honest. It didn't try to edit out the mistakes or skirt over the woman crying cause all her tea pots were smashed to smitherines!! No it was honest enough to admit it had made mistakes and offered the viewers an opportunity to see what was really going on.
Summary: LOVE IT OR LOATHE IT IT GOT EVERYONE TALKING.