The BBC’s home renovation show DIY SOS is set to receive a special award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), coinciding with its 20th anniversary.
The BAFTA Special Award recognizes DIY SOS‘ (pictured) outstanding creative contribution to television, highlighting important social issues to positively impact individuals and audiences across the UK throughout its 20-year history.
The award will be presented to the show’s team on Dec. 16 at a tribute event taking place at the Bristol Old Vic theater. The DIY SOS on-screen team — comprising presenter Nick Knowles, purple shirts’ tradesmen Mark Millar, Chris Frediani, Julian Perryman, Billy Byrne and interior designer Gabrielle Blackman — will all be present, along with others involved with the show over the last two decades, to show clips and discuss the series’ history.
DIY SOS is a BBC Studios production for BBC1. The series premiered on Oct. 7, 1999 and has since been sold to 151 territories around the world, including Australia, Canada, Kuwait, Romania, Taiwan and Italy, and, more recently, the format has been sold to RTÉ1 in Ireland.
“We are so pleased to be recognizing DIY SOS and the team behind the show for their inspiring work up and down the country,” said Krishnendu Majumdar, deputy chair of BAFTA, in a statement. “For 20 years, this program has changed the lives of the people it helps whilst providing engaging and uplifting entertainment to millions of TV viewers. The DIY SOS team are deserving recipients of the BAFTA Special Award, and I’m thrilled that they will be recognized in Bristol, where the show is based.”
“The team are overwhelmed to be recognized by BAFTA for all the hard work we’ve done over the past 20 years,” added Knowles. “I’d like to thank all the amazing people we’ve met along the way for inspiring us to do these projects and change people’s lives for the better – and we’re not done yet! I look forward to celebrating with all the team in Bristol in December.”