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BBC Studios lands format deal for “DIY SOS: The Big Build” series in Ireland

BBC Studios has inked its first format sale for the long-running series DIY SOS: The Big Build with RTÉ One, the main channel of Irish state-owned broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Dublin-based Motive Television will produce ...
October 9, 2019

BBC Studios has inked its first format sale for the long-running series DIY SOS: The Big Build with RTÉ One, the main channel of Irish state-owned broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann.

Dublin-based Motive Television will produce the four-part series. The prodco recently produced the Irish version of the BBC Studios format Ultimate Hell Week.

In each episode, a deserving family facing difficult personal circumstances will receive a significant home makeover.

Irish radio and television personality Baz Ashmawy, the series host, and his team of experts will have just nine days to transform each home.

The deal was brokered by Cathy Sibbering, BBC Studios’ television and format sales manager for the UK and Ireland.

“DIY SOS has been a hugely rewarding format to produce for RTÉ One. We have been bowled over by the tsunamis of goodwill towards the format from families, tradespeople, suppliers, volunteers and communities across the country,” Anne McLoughlin, executive producer for Motive Television, said in a statement.

The original series (pictured), produced by BBC Studios Production and presented by Nick Knowles, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with more than 200 episodes aired on BBC1 since 1999.

DIY SOS: The Big Build has been sold to 151 territories around the world, including Australia, Canada, Kuqait, Romania, Taiwan and Italy.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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