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DIY SOS hangs in the balance as Nick Knowles signs deal with rival


THE future of BBC hit show DIY SOS is in the balance after presenter Nick Knowles signed a major deal with rival Channel 5.

Beeb bosses are dragging their feet over a new series and cannot say when it will return.

The show, which sees Nick and his crew transform homes in need of upgrades, has been on air since 1999.

In 2015, Princes William and Harry joined the team.

But the last series was restricted to six episodes.

Nick, 58, was free to sign up with rival broadcasters after his exclusive deal with the BBC ended.

A source said: “DIY SOS has been a staple for years, so to see it not being prioritised is a bit strange.“

“The pandemic has not helped with delays. There appears to be no firm plan as to when it will return.”

Nick will present C5’s Your Life On Your Lawn, helping families declutter, and Home Improvements, offering practical advice to maximise home potential.

He said: “I’m excited to be working with Channel 5 on these new programmes.

“They have been channel of the year for two years and are making such good shows currently, it was a no brainer to join in.”

A BBC spokeswoman said: “Nick is not exclusive to the BBC and like many presenters, he is working across a range of services.”

Nick Knowles admits breaking down in tears in service station car parks after filming emotional DIY SOS scenes

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