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Changing Rooms reboot ‘facing the AXE by Channel 4’

Changing Rooms is reportedly being axed by Channel 4, after just one rebooted series. 

According to The Mirror, the home makeover show ‘hasn’t caught on’ in 2021, despite its resounding success on the BBC in the 90s.

One source told the publication bitterly: ‘It won’t be missed!’

Make-under? Changing Rooms is reportedly being axed by Channel 4, after just one rebooted series

‘Channel 4 will be wondering what has gone wrong. A lot was put into it but it doesn’t seem to have caught on,’ said another insider.

It’s claimed the show has underperformed in the ratings. MailOnline has contacted Channel 4 for comment. 

The show returned to screens this summer, with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen fronting the show alongside Anna Richardson.

Notably, original host Carol Smilie wasn’t asked back – and even took to social media to like a series of fans’ tweets lamenting her absence from the reboot.  

After the show aired in August, the Scottish star, 59, took to Twitter to like messages from fans who admitted it was ‘a pity’ she was not appearing on the show, while she also highlighted a message from Anna, who called her ‘an icon and mentor’.

Back then: Changing Rooms star Carol Smilie has liked a series of fans' tweets lamenting her absence from the reboot of the beloved Nineties show (pictured in 2000)

Back then: Changing Rooms star Carol Smilie has liked a series of fans’ tweets lamenting her absence from the reboot of the beloved Nineties show (pictured in 2000)

Carol presented the hugely popular show from 1996 until 2003, while Laurence graduated from designer to host until the programme’s end in 2004. He is the only cast member who has been asked to return. 

The tweets from fans read: ‘Hi @carolsmillie1 you were very good in the show its a pity your not doing it xx… Don’t know but I’m upset @carolsmillie1 wasn’t on there’.  

She also liked an incredibly supportive message from new host Anna reading: ‘Carol is my icon and mentor!!! Brilliant presenter.’

Earlier this week, Laurence spoke to The Sun about the prospect of Carol’s return.

Oh! The show returned to screens earlier this week, with Carol's original co-star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen fronting the show alongside her replacement Anna Richardson, shortly after he had expressed relief that Carol was not taking part (Laurence and Anna pictured on the show)

Oh! The show returned to screens earlier this week, with Carol’s original co-star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen fronting the show alongside her replacement Anna Richardson, shortly after he had expressed relief that Carol was not taking part (Laurence and Anna pictured on the show)

Liking away: After the show aired, the Scottish star, 59, took to Twitter to like messages from fans who admitted it was 'a pity' she was not appearing on the show, while she also highlighted a message from Anna, who called her 'an icon and mentor'

Liking away: After the show aired, the Scottish star, 59, took to Twitter to like messages from fans who admitted it was ‘a pity’ she was not appearing on the show, while she also highlighted a message from Anna, who called her ‘an icon and mentor’

When asked if he would like her to return, the flamboyant star said: ‘No, and hand on heart, what the producers and what Channel 4 have done is actually very clever…

‘They have moved on and it wouldn’t have worked if it had been Jurassic Park — it had to be a reinvention. And to be fair, I resisted it for a long time. I was very keen that they really should look at finding possibilities with other people.

‘Otherwise, it would just be a revival, actually it always needed to be a reboot.’

Now: Carol presented the hugely popular show from 1996 until 2003, while Laurence graduated from designer to host until the programme's end in 2004. He is the only cast member who has been asked to return (Carol is pictured in June)

Now: Carol presented the hugely popular show from 1996 until 2003, while Laurence graduated from designer to host until the programme’s end in 2004. He is the only cast member who has been asked to return (Carol is pictured in June) 

In August last year, Carol said she’d be open to returning to Changing Rooms, telling The Sun: ‘It was definitely the favourite show of my career, without a doubt. It would be the only show I’d come back to telly for.’ 

In a 2017 interview for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine, Scottish TV personality Carol described the show as ‘the best TV experience of [her] career’. 

She said: ‘In 1996 I was the original presenter of BBC2’s Changing Rooms – it was one of the first reality shows and is credited with starting the DIY craze of the late ’90s.

‘It was the best TV experience of my career – we were a happy bunch who went into it naively but came out the other end as household names with a BAFTA nomination and invitations to both Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

Back then: In August last year, Carol said she'd be open to returning to Changing Rooms, telling The Sun : 'It was definitely the favourite show of my career, without a doubt. It would be the only show I'd come back to telly for' (the team pictured in the show's heyday)

Back then: In August last year, Carol said she’d be open to returning to Changing Rooms, telling The Sun : ‘It was definitely the favourite show of my career, without a doubt. It would be the only show I’d come back to telly for’ (the team pictured in the show’s heyday) 

‘It was the stuff of dreams, and all from watching paint dry!’

Wednesday’s episode pulled in just 1.3million viewers on the first instalment of the newly revamped show last night – down from 11million in its heyday.

The episode saw two sets of neighbours from Swansea, south Wales transform each other’s chosen rooms with the help of top designers. It included a feature wall made of hair, leaving viewers marvelled at the ‘crackers’ transformations.

The show regularly drew in audiences of 11 million and hit a ratings high in December 1999, when it attracted almost 12 million viewers.

Wanted: The show regularly drew in audiences of 11 million and hit a ratings high in December 1999, when it attracted almost 12 million viewers

Wanted: The show regularly drew in audiences of 11 million and hit a ratings high in December 1999, when it attracted almost 12 million viewers

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