The BBC has commissioned a brand new series of makeover show Interior Design Masters – and showrunners are have decided to bring their blueprints to Manchester.
Presented by comedian Alan Carr, Interior Design Masters puts budding designers in competition against one another for a chance to win a commercial contract.
Each week, contestants take on various challenges and briefs – tasked with redesigning areas such as shops, cafes, restaurants and salons.
Former Elle Decoration editor-in-chief Michelle Ogundehin then judges each piece of work.
A third series has been commissioned by BBC Two – in which one lucky venue will have its bar rebuilt from top to bottom by the winner of the show.
Producers are now reaching out to Manchester as they are looking for local locations to makeover.
Any venue interested in having their bar rebranded by the Interior Design Masters winner can put their site forward for consideration via email.
All applicants should send a brief description and recent photo of the space they’d like redesigning to [email protected]
The deadline is April 16.
If your bar is in need of a good sprucing up, this could be just the ticket…
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Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.
If the 15-strong lineup of contestants, as reported by The Mirror and The Sun, are to be believed, then Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder, Coronation Street fan favourites Andrew Whyment and Helen Flanagan, and boxing champion Amir Khan are the four local names preparing to represent our region as they head back into the jungle for the upcoming reality competition show.
Fans of the show will remember that the Salford-born Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder graced our television screens on the 10th series of I’m A Celebrity back in 2010, and got himself all the way to the final before falling at the last hurdle and coming runner up to Stacey Soloman.
Coronation Street and Bury‘s very-own Helen Flanagan was also a fan favourite when she appeared on the show back in 2012.
Another famous Manc name who made it all the way to the final but couldn’t quite clinch the coveted title of ‘King of The Jungle’ is Andy Whyment – who is beloved by soap fans for portraying the character Kirk Sutherland on Coronation Street.
Bolton-born world champion boxer Amir Khan is also on the rumoured all star lineup, after he appeared on the 17th series of the show back in 2017.
When it comes to some of the other famous names on the all star lineup, Phil Tuffnell, Gillian McKeith, Paul Burrell, Jordan Banjo, Dean Gaffney, Carol Vorderman, Georgia Toffolo, Fatima Whitbread, and Janice Dickinson have all reportedly signed on to compete in the new series.
Mylene Klass, and Joe Swash are the final two to round-out the rumoured lineup.
The release of the star-studded reported lineup comes after presenters Ant and Dec recently revealed that they were filming the iconic ITV spin-off series in South Africa.
Speaking ahead of the all stars series airing, a source close to the show told The Sun: “It’s a different format to Australia, who knows when and where celebrities will enter camp, literally anything could happen.
“It’s not clear how many will start in camp or how many will be there by the end when one is crowned King or Queen of the jungle, possibly for a second time.
“It’s the best of I’m A Celebrity, quite literally.
“But there’s some twists and surprises along the way for viewers and campers so it’s not going to be as straightforward as they might think.”