Spending so much more time at home during lockdown caused many of us to turn to DIY projects to keep our minds occupied and hands busy. Last year, Dick and Angel Strawbridge of Escape to the Chateau recognised people’s desire to renovate and responded with a new TV show to inspire us all.
In April 2020, 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 to tell them all about their new televised venture, ‘Escape to the Chateau: Make Do & Mend‘.
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.’
The good news is Escape to the Chateau: Make Do & Mend is back for a new series! The Strawbridge family made the announcement on This Morning via video call and revealed a trailer for it on the Escape to the Chateau Instagram page.
The first episode of the new series will air tonight (24 June) at 9pm on Channel 4. The 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.
Fans of the show shared their reactions to the news, and it’s clear to see they are very much looking forward to it.
‘This has made my day,’ one fan wrote.
Another follower commented: ‘I simply can’t wait for this new series, I’m watching them all the time, love it!’
Dick and Angel Strawbridge released a statement for the first series of the new show, 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.