Changing rooms is reportedly being axed by Channel 4, after just one rebooted series.
According to The Mirror, the 2021 home makeover show “didn’t catch on” despite its resounding success on the BBC in the 1990s.
A source told the publication bitterly: ‘It won’t be missed!’
Make under? Changing rooms are reportedly being axed by Channel 4, after just one rebooted series
Channel 4 will wonder what went wrong. A lot has been put into it, but it doesn’t seem to be working,” said another insider.
It is alleged that the show underperformed in the ratings. MailOnline has reached out to 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 called back — and even took to social media to like a series of fan tweets complaining about her absence from the reboot.
After the show aired in August, the Scottish star, 59, took to Twitter to like posts from fans who admitted it was “a shame” she wasn’t appearing on the show, while also highlighting a message from Anna, who her ‘an icon and mentor’.
Back then: Carol Smilie, star Carol Smilie, liked a series of tweets from fans complaining about her absence from the reboot of the beloved 1990s show (pictured in 2000)
Carol hosted the hugely popular show from 1996 to 2003, while Laurence graduated from designer to host until the program’s end in 2004. He is the only cast member who has been asked to return.
Fans’ tweets read: ‘Hi @carolsmillie1 you were really good on the show, it’s a shame you’re not doing it xx…I don’t know, but I’m mad that @carolsmillie1 wasn’t there’.
She also loved an incredibly supportive message from new host Anna who read: ‘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 expressing relief that Carol was not participating (Laurence and Anna pictured on the show )
Like away: After the show aired, the Scottish star, 59, took to Twitter to like posts from fans who admitted it was ‘a shame’ she wasn’t appearing on the show, while also highlighting 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’ve moved on and it wouldn’t have worked if it had been Jurassic Park — it had to be a reinvention. And to be honest, I resisted it for a long time. I really wanted them to really look at possibilities together with other people.
“Otherwise it would just be a revival, actually it always had to be a reboot.”
Now: Carol hosted the wildly popular show from 1996 to 2003, while Laurence graduated from designer to host until the program’s end in 2004. He’s the only cast member asked to return (Carol is pictured in June)
In August of last year, Carol told The Sun that she would be open to returning to the dressing rooms: “It was without a doubt the favorite show of my career. It would be the only show I’d come back to on television 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 couple who went in naively but at the other end came out as household names with a BAFTA nomination and invitations to both Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.
At the time: In August of last year, Carol told The Sun that she would be open to returning to the dressing rooms, “It was without a doubt the favorite show of my career. It would be the only show I’d come back for on television” (the team pictured in the show’s heyday)
“It was the stuff of dreams, and all of seeing paint dry!”
Wednesday episode drew just 1.3 million viewers to the first episode of the newly revamped show last night — down from 11 million from its heyday.
The episode saw two sets of neighbors from Swansea, South Wales, transform each other’s chosen rooms with the help of top designers. It featured a signature wall made of hair, which amazed viewers at the “crackers” transformations.
The show regularly attracted 11 million viewers and peaked in December 1999 when it drew nearly 12 million viewers.
Wanted: The show regularly attracted 11 million viewers and peaked in December 1999 when it drew nearly 12 million viewers