TV preview: Kevin McCloud on how we all think differently about the spaces in which we work in 2020


By his own admission, Kevin McCloud became pretty good at being rude during the pandemic of Covid 19.

The presenter and designer, 61, born in Bedfordshire, says he belongs to a disadvantaged community and is thus “very, very careful when it comes to spending time with other people.”

“Excuse me, what do you think you’re doing? You better be polite!”Excuse me, what do you think you’re doing? You’d better be polite!

“I’m already pretty bad when I walk down the street; I scold people,” he quips. “With a hat and a mask, I can be completely anonymous…”

In June, McCloud began filming the new season of the “Grand Designs,” award-winning Bafta programme, which he has hosted since it first aired in 1999.

On collection, there is “massive covid compliance” “and that’s partly on me,” he says.

“We’ve developed a protocol for all the different locations, whether we’re filming indoors or outdoors, and we’re pretty conscientious about it,” the inimitable TV host and writer says.

“We have Covid compliance officers with us all the time to make sure we’re all well-behaved.”

Grand Designs follows creative individuals around the UK who, by designing it themselves, have set out to realize their idea of a dream home.

Usually, the designs are extremely spectacular architectural achievements that concentrate on modern architecture, energy conservation, optimum space usage and views.

“involves people,”involves people.

Interviews with contributors he typically conducts at 10 feet away are now performed at 10 feet away, every step on camera is intentional, and “through it all, you still have to find the spontaneity of the conversation and the fun,” he states.

The father of four reveals when asked about the highlights of the new episodes that there is an argument – “not exactly hand-wringing moments” – with a couple turning an old cookie mill into a home.

With a little too much vigor, they’re sort of going at it. In my view, the character of a historic building is essentially thousands of specifics that make up it, and before you know it, if you start doing a little clearing, you’ve strangely ripped it all out and lost the character.

“And then you start trying to put it back in, and suddenly it looks like a Disney version of what it was.”

“I had my concerns from the start about what they were going to do, so I just told my producer, “Look, I’m just going to say what I think.” He said, “Great, do that!

“I enjoy being let off the leash sometimes.”

The new series is also about a “incredibly moving story about youth and illness … and the tremendous kind of life-affirming dedication and commitment that people put into projects when they are suffering or have suffered from an illness.”

He speaks of a young couple who met because in their youth they both had brain tumors, and who are now married and “incredibly in love.”

The entire movie is essentially a poem, a love song, between them about what they want and doing something to share, understanding that time is extremely important.

Since they were a lesson for so many people who are upset about the color of their kitchen cabinets or obsessed about getting a certain brand of double doors or something, I get all emotional just thinking about it,”I get all emotional just thinking about it, because they were a lesson to so many people who get upset about the color of their kitchen cabinets or obsess about having a certain brand of double doors or whatever,”

“When you look at it over a period of time, you actually think, ‘What a ridiculous waste of energy.'”

Stories of people like that, young people, may seem more poignant now because, I suggest, we have all had time in 2020 to reassess what is important in life.

And so many of us have lost loved ones, or are worried about losing loved ones, and we all need a film, a binge-watch, a soap opera, just as we all need a film.

We all know that we shouldn’t be too concerned about stuff that don’t matter – the trivial, McCloud adds, something to divert us from the daily grind.

“We’ve all come to realize how important loved ones are and the time we spend with them, and that what really matters is living life, not just planning it, not just dreaming it – just living it.”

It’s not long after the end of the November lockout, as we speak, and he muses that the pandemic has also made us think more about the nac nac design


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