DIY: SOS: the Big Build, BBC1 -TV review


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A new series of DIY: SOS: the Big Build (BBC1) also provided a happy ending for John and June Finlay, a couple from Sunderland who had been living like prisoners in their own kitchen since June's mobility was reduced by serious illness four years ago.

 Nick Knowles and the gang came to the rescue, transforming their two-bed house into a wheelchair-accessible haven of "biophilia", whatever that is.

All the volunteer wrangling and heartstring-tugging isn't native to the show's format – they've borrowed it from the US show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – but Knowles is a natural at it, all the same. You could see the impact his motivational speech had on the workmen and he summed up John's tenacious support for his wife of 35 years with these touching words: "When you think about it, this is a love story. Not a fairytale love story, or a Hollywood love story, this is a down-in-the-trenches love story... John just would not give up on June."

Most important item in your DIY: SOS watching tool box? A large box of tissues.