Carol Smillie doesn't think Changing Rooms revival could live up to the original

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 September 2020
Carol Smillie

Carol Smillie

Former 'Changing Rooms' host Carol Smillie isn't sure a revival of the hit show could ever live up to the original series

Carol Smillie is worried a 'Changing Rooms' revival couldn't live up to the original series.

The 58-year-old star – who hosted the DIY show from 1996 to 2003 – admitted she is cautious about the idea of the hit programme making a return because she isn't sure if nostalgia would be enough to make it a success.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column, she explained: "It's like trying to recreate the best night out you've ever had -- it's never going to be the best night out again.

"Audiences nowadays are far more savvy. When a TV voiceover said, 'I don't know if we're going to be able to do this', you believed them then."

The programme – which originally aired on BBC – looks set for a potential comeback and a new home on Channel 4, with bosses said to be keen to bring back Carol and 55-year-old interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

And despite her reservations, Carol – who is yet to be contacted by the broadcaster – would love to be reunited with the old team.

She added: "I'd love it because I would be able to see all the people again, which is what it was about for me: The team -- not just on camera, but off camera too.

"I've had a long chat with Linda [Baker], who has got in touch."

Meanwhile, Laurence – who appeared from 2003 to 2004 – has played down the chances of him making a comeback because of his other projects around the world.

He said: "I have so many commitments in Asia, Australia and America.

"And squeezing myself into those leather trousers again would require a HUGE amount of baby powder. Would the world be ready?"

Regarding a potential revival, a Channel 4 spokeswoman recently confirmed the broadcaster was looking into the possibility, although "nothing" is set in stone just yet.

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