Changing Rooms: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen discusses the show’s “phenomenal pressure.”


Changing Rooms: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen discusses the show’s “phenomenal pressure.”

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen of CHANGING ROOMS talked about how the enjoyable program comes with a “phenomenal” amount of pressure for him and the other hosts.

Changing Rooms, a house renovation show that aired on Channel 4 from 1996 to 2004, has recently returned. Laurence, the color wizard, is the only original member who has returned to the series. The team includes new host Anna Richardson, designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, and carpenter and joiner Tibby Singh. Two sets of homeowners from the same neighborhood compete against the clock to renovate a room in each other’s homes in this daring show. They collaborate with Laurence or Jordan and Russell to bring the new looks to life in the chosen rooms, guaranteeing that each makeover is spectacular, original, and surprising thanks to the designers’ bold and conflicting styles. Despite how lighthearted the show appears, the 56-year-old revealed the immense strain he faces when filming.

When questioned about returning to the program after such a long absence, Laurence replied, “The interesting thing was, because it’s actually been going on for a while, I’ve been pretty involved in the build up of it.”

“It’s literally because I’m the only one who’s still living! That’s the way it works.

“You know, I’ve figured out the Holy Grail’s secret.

“When pre-production began about a year ago, I remember going through stuff in meetings like, ‘Well, you have to realize that this will happen and that will happen, you need to have a free area to store paint, you have to do this, you have to do that.’

“In fact, the truth is that I was looking forward to this!

“As it got closer and closer, we had to isolate for seven days, and I remember leaving my family, standing outside the house in the car with all my belongings, and driving away thinking, ‘Oh my God.’

“Because all I could recall from Changing Rooms at that moment was extreme weariness and emotional agony.

“I’m not a terribly stressed person, but there’s a tremendous amount of pressure to finish the room and do it right.”

Laurence described how exhausting it was to film during the pandemic, claiming that needing to isolate compounded to the fatigue.

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