With everyone spending more time at home than ever before due to the coronavirus lockdown measures, many of us are turning to DIY projects within the home to keep our minds occupied and hands busy. And it seems Dick and Angel Strawbridge of Escape to the Chateau have recognised people’s desire to renovate what they can in their homes and have responded with a brand new TV show to inspire us all.
In April, the stars of the addictive renovation show (which has had us all dreaming of giving up the rat race and pitching up in a French castle at some point) spoke to Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on This Morning via video call to tell them all about their new televised venture, ‘Escape to the Chateau: Make Do & Mend‘.
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💫NEWS from @the_chateau_tv coming up today on @thismorning at 11:15am! 💫 Dick & Angel will be chatting to Phil & Holly about the current series of ‘DIY’ and how the Strawbridge family are keeping busy during lockdown. Don’t forget the series continues at 4pm today on @channel4 – double whammy Monday loveliness to keep us all going! 🤗 . . . . . . . . #escapetothechateaudiy #escapetothechateau #dickandangelstrawbridge #dickandangel #thechateau
Explaining the concept for the show, Dick Strawbridge said: ‘Everyone has a junk drawer somewhere in their house, they’ve got certain jobs that need to be done… We always have people asking us for our advice, on how we did this [renovated their chateau].
He continued: ‘We thought we’d show them how to do some jobs, and find out how they’ve done some, too… We’d visit their home on Skype or FaceTime, and we’d find out what they’ve done.’
Dick also revealed the nifty way they’ll get around filming the series whilst under lockdown – by doing it themselves! ‘We’re going to film it here [at the couple’s chateau]… We’re going to film what we’re doing, they can film what they’re doing.’
And we can now confirm that the first episode of the four-part series will air next Thursday 30 July at 8pm on Channel 4. The self-filmed show will see the Strawbridges offering up tips and tricks for families looking for imaginative ways to solve their DIY dilemmas using what they have to hand. Dick and Angel and their children will also be tackling their own dream projects as well as trying out new pastimes to keep the family entertained.
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The Strawbridges are back! We’re so excited to share with you what Dick, Angel, Arthur & Dorothy (and who could forget Petale 🐕🦺) have been busy working on these last few months! Not long to wait…the new series of Escape to the Chateau: Make Do & Mend starts next Thursday 30th July at 8pm on @channel4 – we really hope you like it 😊 . . . . . #escapetothechateau #dickandangel #dickandangelstrawbridge #diy #craft #makedoandmend #channel4
Dick and Angel Strawbridge have released a statement, saying: ‘It’s humbling that our audience wants to see more of us and our adventures. Between the pair of us we have nearly a century’s worth of “make do and mend” experience and so we are really excited to be making this brand-new series.’
We can’t wait to tune in and see what handy tips and tricks Angel and Dick have for us to spruce up our living spaces and tick off those time-consuming DIY jobs that have been on our to-do lists forever. Tune in Thursday 30 July at 8pm on Channel 4.