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BBC DIY SOS biggest upsets over the years: ‘We’ve been used’



BBC show DIY SOS is full of heartwarming stories as the team fix up homes and help those in need. But, there have been occasions of some upsets surrounding the show.

The BBC One show is back on screens tonight (October 3) for a brand new episode hosted by Nick Knowles. The episode will see the team help a charity in Stoke create a community centre and garden.

But what have been the biggest DIY SOS upsets over the years? Let’s take a look back and see.

Nick Knowles hosting DIY SOS
Nick Knowles hosts DIY SOS (Credit: BBC)

DIY SOS biggest upsets: Family slam ‘botched’ job

In August of this year, a family who appeared on the show in 2020 hit out at the BBC for an alleged “botched” job. Full-time carer Peter Chapman claimed he and his family had been “well and truly exploited”.

Peter claimed that the first day they took the house back from the DIY SOS team, his wife – who has Myotonic Dystrophy – nearly had a “fatal” fall when the toilet’s wall bars came away when she was using them.

Speaking to The Sun, Peter said: “I wish I’d never heard of DIY SOS. They’ve literally had me in tears. I have been trying to get them to understand the impact their botched attempt at helping me and my family has had on me. We’ve been used and well and truly exploited. It was all done for effect.”

Meanwhile, a BBC spokesperson told ED!: “DIY SOS is a heart-warming programme that brings communities together and helps improve the lives of those in need thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time to participate.

“As with all of our previous projects, the Charlton Kings build was planned and completed in accordance with the necessary required regulatory approvals and signed off onsite by building control.”

Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team
The show has seen many transformations (Credit: BBC)

Family receive vile abuse after episode

Another upset saw a family speak about abuse they received over their episode’s airing. The Hutchison family were visited by the DIY SOS team in 2019. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the post-production of their episode became held up. And it sparked rumours by trolls. According to reports, they were forced to come off social media and change their phone numbers.

Mum Jackie told BBC Radio Northampton: “There was a rumour going round we sold our house and moved to Dubai. I’m just thankful that it is going on air, and people can see that we are very much still loving every second of our life in our home, and we will never, ever be selling our house.”

The family had been living in rented accommodation for 12 years as the house they owned wasn’t big enough to house their son Jordan’s equipment. Jordan has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

The DIY SOS team got in touch with the family, and renovated their home. Speaking after, Jackie said: “Before you guys came, our life was a mess. And the past 12 months have been horrendous.

“Having a look at the house now and seeing how generous and kind you have all been has been amazing.”

Nick Knowles speaking on DIY SOS
The show sees Nick and the team transform homes and other properties (Credit: BBC)

Tradesman had tools stolen

Another sad DIY SOS story saw a tradesman get £4,000 worth of tools stolen while filming for the show. Brett Bradford had drills, screws, grinders taken from his van.

He told the Shropshire Star: “We were on such a high from everything going on and the incredible work that had taken place and then to have that happen felt like being hit by a sledge hammer. 

“It’s frustrating and left us angry, but the atmosphere on this job has been incredible for such a worthy cause – so we won’t let it dampen our spirits.”

Family had things missing they wanted

Meanwhile, Stuart Philip, who has multiple sclerosis, and his blind carer mum, Lin, said their build didn’t quite go to plan. Their plans for an extension never got off the ground.

Stuart told Devon Live: “One of the things I really wanted was to be able to look out at the view over the Moors – but I am facing the wall.”

The council had told the BBC they didn’t have permission to build an extension two weeks before filming.

Despite this, Stuart said he and his mum are “very grateful” to the DIY SOS team. He added: “Don’t get me wrong – It’s lovely. We are so grateful and we don’t want to sound greedy. Lots of things they did were amazing.

“I think that’s why they did such a great job with the back garden – to compensate for the extension not going ahead.”

DIY SOS tragedy

Elsewhere, in 2020, show guest Simon Dobbin tragically died five years after he was assaulted when he left a football game in 2015. He was left unable to walk or talk following the alleged incident and later passed away aged 48 at his home.

Last year, five men were arrested in connection to Simon’s death.

Read more: Nick Knowles fires back as troll launches expletive-laden attack on DIY SOS host

DIY SOS airs tonight (October 3) from 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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Rebecca started her career at Entertainment Daily five years ago. She is now an Associate Editor for Showbiz. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of celebrity household names and TV, including entertainment shows and daytime television. She also works on delivering the latest news surrounding the Royal Family.

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Concerns raised over Strictly judge Anton Du Beke amid misconduct investigation




Star of Strictly Anton Du Beke is the latest person from the show to raise concerns after a previous row has resurfaced and made headlines all over again.

The hit BBC show has continuously made headlines over the past few months due to previous contestants raising their concerns over behaviours behind the scenes. Sherlock actor Amanda Abbington complained about pro dancer Giovanni Pernice and said her experience with him left her with mild PTSD.

Two more anonymous contestants have since come forward about Giovanni’s alleged behaviour. As a result, he will not be returning to Strictly this year. It was also recently announced that Graziano Di Prima has been kicked off the show after the BBC found footage of him kicking his celeb partner Zara McDermott last year in rehearsals.

Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice on Strictly
Giovanni is under investigation due to Amanda and other’s claims (Credit: BBC)

Strictly news: Anton Du Beke behaviour described as ‘abrasive’

With behaviours behind the scenes of Strictly up for discussion, judge Anton is making headlines for his unfair treatment of Laila Rouass.

Anton was paired with the former Footballers Wives actor in 2009 and reduced her to tears after jokingly calling her a racial slur after getting a spray tan.

While Anton did apologise, he also admitted he felt “stupid” and “embarrassed” by his comments towards Laila, who is of Indian and Moroccan descent.

“Anton has a very 1970s attitude and can be abrasive,” an inside source told The Sun.

‘The lines are becoming increasingly blurred as to what is acceptable or not, and of course, some people have found him fine to work with.”

“But there were murmurings of discontent when he was a dancer. Yet the BBC promoted him. It is all quite strange,” they continued.

A spokesperson for the BBC told the MailOnline that they “will not be commenting on individuals or engaging with speculation.”

“However, as we have said previously we will always listen if people want to make us aware of something or raise it with us directly and we have appropriate procedures and processes in place to manage this.”

Laila Rouass and Anton Du Beke on It Takes Two
Anton apologised to Laila after his offensive words (Credit: YouTube)

More of Anton’s inappropriate comments to Laila

Unfortunately, Anton’s inappropriate comments to Laila didn’t stop with the racial slur. At the time, he had also asked if she was a terrorist due to her North African heritage.

After the incident came to light, Laila addressed the situation on It Takes Two.

“We are getting through this together. It’s been a tough week for both of us… But we just want to move on,” she said.

Anton stated he wanted to “reiterate my apology from last weekend to Laila, to everybody on the show and to everybody that watches the show because I feel embarrassed, I feel stupid as well.”

ED! has contacted Anton’s reps for comment.

Read more: BBC might be ‘forced to pay out well over £1million’ as more Strictly contestants complain

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Spencer Matthews reveals his ‘shocking’ relationship with alcohol




Former Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews has opened up about his “shocking” relationship with alcohol and how he overcame it.

While Spencer quit drinking in 2018, it was his Made In Chelsea days that had inflamed his desire to consume healthily. However, his days of reckless drinking came to an end when he took more of an interest in his health.

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While speaking to MailOnline, Spencer reveals how he improved his health (Credit:

Spencer Matthews ‘really happy’ with lifestyle change

“I have come from having a shocking relationship with alcohol and feeling quite ashamed of myself actually to now being in a position where I’m really happy and comfortable,” he told MailOnline.

“The things that have made a big difference to my overall health are hardly ever drinking, minimal amounts of alcohol, exercise, good sleep and proper supplements. I feel in the best shape of my life and I’m very happy,” Spencer continued.

The 35-year-old revealed he is at a stage in his life where he really wants “to push the boundaries and explore what’s physically and mentally possible.” Stating that he is a “big Bear Grylls fan” and others who “push themselves to their limits,” Spencer now wants to do the same.

As a result, Spencer has set himself the challenge of running 30 marathons in 30 days in the Arabian Desert to feel “closer” to his brother Michael.

In 1999, his brother was presumed dead after becoming the youngest British climber to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews on the red carpet
While preparing for his marathon, Spencer revealed his wife Vogue will wait for him at the finish line (Credit:

‘This is a World Record attempt’

While aware of the potential risks, Spencer is preparing for the mission by running a marathon every couple of days in his training block.

“This is a World Record attempt, this would be a world first. Even Russ Cook, the Hardest Geezer, who ran the whole length of Africa… not taking away from it at all, it is an insane achievement but he ran most of it on road,” he explained.

Spencer declared that a “desert marathon is very different.” He said: “It’s much hotter, much slower, much harder. He spent six days on sand. It’s a long, hard thing and pretty unappealing to people I would have thought.”

He hopes to meet his wife, Vogue Williams, and his children Theodore, 5, and Gigi, 3, at the finish line. However, their youngest Otto, 2, will stay at home in London.

Read more: Spencer Matthews breaks his silence on claims he was hospitalised after ‘overdosing’ on medication

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BBC might be ‘forced to pay out well over £1million’ amid drama




In the latest Strictly news, the BBC are reportedly worried that they could face a £1 million legal bill as more celebs complain.

Drama surrounding the show escalated after Amanda Abbington complained about pro dancer Giovanni Pernice. The Sherlock actor left Strictly halfway through last year’s competition, explaining it was her “deepest regret.” Amanda has since claimed she was diagnosed with mild PTSD after competing on the show.

She, alongside two other contestants, have come forward and spoken out about Giovanni’s alleged behaviour. As a result, Giovanni will not be returning to the show this year. An investigation involving the BBC is ongoing.

Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice on Strictly
Amanda quit the show last year after Giovanni’s alleged behaviour (Credit: BBC)

Strictly news

Since then, more drama has unfolded. Graziano Di Prima has now been sacked after bosses became aware of a video of him kicking his celeb partner Zara McDermott.

A third celebrity, who used to be a part of the show, has been identified as a “person of interest”.

In resurfaced footage, former pro dancer Brendan Cole can be seen inappropriately slapping celeb partner Fiona Phillips’ bottom three times in footage from 2005. In the same clip, Brendan was acting aggressively towards Fiona.

Following her time on the show, Fiona has described Brendan as “a real bugger” and “not nice.”

According to more reports, Anton Du Beke is the fourth Strictly star to come under fire after he reportedly called his 2009 dance partner Laila Rouass a racial slur.

Anton Du Beke on Loose Women
Anton is the fourth Strictly star to come under fire (Credit: YouTube)

‘More and more stars are coming forward with grievances’

Inside sources are now claiming that more celebrities are planning on coming forward about physical or mental health harm and loss of work.

“More and more stars are coming forward with grievances, and they have been advised there are significant grounds for personal injury claims,” a source told The Sun.

“They say they have lost work, and worry the BBC especially will deem them untouchable.”

Doctors’ notes and photos of the contestants’ injuries have reportedly been handed over to lawyers.

“If successful — and at the moment there certainly appears to be serious evidence for duty of care breaches — the BBC could well be forced to pay out well over £1million,” they continued.

As a result, BBC confirmed changes will be made to Strictly to “strengthen welfare and support.”

ED! has reached out to BBC for comment.

Read more: ‘Shocked’ Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly ‘vow to stand by Strictly’ amid scandal ‘crisis’

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