Two new home improvement series start on RTÉ tomorrow

Baz Ashmawy kicks off his new DIY SOS: The Big Build tomorrow night, followed by a new series of Dermot Bannon's Incredible Homes
Two new home improvement series start on RTÉ tomorrow

PLUSH PAD: Dermot Bannon in Canada for his new series of Incredible Homes, which starts on Sunday night, October 18.

SINCE we’ve been confined to them for large tracts of 2020, the news that RTÉ is rebranding the day of rest as Home Improvement Sunday should be welcome.

It launches its gimmick with two new series starting tomorrow (Sunday October 18) aimed at helping us transform the places we live.

Baz Ashmawy kicks it off with DIY SOS: The Big Build Ireland on RTÉ1 at 6.30pm, then a familiar face takes on the baton with a new series of Dermot Bannon’s Incredible Homes at 9,30pm.

In his series, Baz and his team set out to renovate the homes of deserving families, changing their lives forever — but with only nine days to transform each one, and solely dependent on the generosity of volunteer trades and supplier donations, the pressure is on!

In the first episode, their task is to renovate the home of 13-year-old Amy Mulcahy in Limerick, who was trapped under water for a number of minutes, before being rescued by Limerick Fire Service, who by sheer coincidence were performing a training exercise on the riverbank.

Can Baz and Co make her comfortable in her home again after her accident? As an example of Irish team spirit, 450 volunteers and suppliers gave up their time to help.

It’s the third series of Bannon’s hit show, as he again packs his bags and visits some of the most jaw-dropping houses around the world. His first stop is Canada, where he explores a landscape that takes your breath away and a freezing cold climate that, well, also takes your breath away.

Dermot journeys to Nova Scotia, and after visiting the local mayor in the town of Lunenburg, he heads to ‘Shobac’. Originally the ruins of an old fishing village, world-renowned architect Bryan MacKay Lyons bought the whole peninsula and set out to run a farm whilst creating some of the most stunning homes in the country.

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