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  • Season 31
  • Homes and gardens
  • Lifestyle

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The DIY SOS team helps bring communities together and transform people's lives.

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Episode 2: Carbis Bay

Summary

After 15 years of fostering, Stephen and Lynn Smedley were looking forward to their well-earned retirement in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. However, the dream dramatically changed when their daughter died, leaving them caring for their three grandsons. The boys, still grieving for their mum's untimely death, are forced to share a single bedroom with a triple bunkbed. There is only one bathroom and Lynn is forced to do the ironing in the shed due to lack of space. Enter Nick Knowles and the team. Their plan is to reconfigure and enlarge their home to accommodate three growing boys - with the help of hundreds of volunteers

Review

“It’s not just about me and my brothers; it’s about everyone.” Teenager Ruben had to grow up very fast when his mum, Carrie, died suddenly when he was only 13, leaving him and his two younger brothers orphans. The siblings were taken in by Carrie’s parents, Lynn and Steve, who had retired to a small bungalow near the sea in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, after years of fostering. But the three growing boys are sharing one bedroom, and no one’s got enough space to breathe, let alone grieve for their loss.
But you can’t be sad for long when electrician Billy Byrne is around. “Bungalows… love ’em,” he beams, as the builders knock down the kitchen that Lynn installed lovingly before her life changed for ever.

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Released on
2020-11-19
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rolename
PresenterNick Knowles
Executive producerPaolo Proto
Series producerHamish Summers

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  • Summary

    After 15 years of fostering, Stephen and Lynn Smedley were looking forward to their well-earned retirement in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. However, the dream dramatically changed when their daughter died, leaving them caring for their three grandsons. The boys, still grieving for their mum's untimely death, are forced to share a single bedroom with a triple bunkbed. There is only one bathroom and Lynn is forced to do the ironing in the shed due to lack of space. Enter Nick Knowles and the team. Their plan is to reconfigure and enlarge their home to accommodate three growing boys - with the help of hundreds of volunteers

    Review

    “It’s not just about me and my brothers; it’s about everyone.” Teenager Ruben had to grow up very fast when his mum, Carrie, died suddenly when he was only 13, leaving him and his two younger brothers orphans. The siblings were taken in by Carrie’s parents, Lynn and Steve, who had retired to a small bungalow near the sea in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, after years of fostering. But the three growing boys are sharing one bedroom, and no one’s got enough space to breathe, let alone grieve for their loss.
    But you can’t be sad for long when electrician Billy Byrne is around. “Bungalows… love ’em,” he beams, as the builders knock down the kitchen that Lynn installed lovingly before her life changed for ever.

    Details

    Released on
    2020-11-19
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterNick Knowles
    Executive producerPaolo Proto
    Series producerHamish Summers
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