'Changing Rooms': First look at reboot line-up as Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen returns

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 The new look Changing Rooms line up: Russell Whitehead, Jordan Cluroe, Tibby Singh Anna Richardson and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. (Channel 4)
The new look Changing Rooms line up: Russell Whitehead, Jordan Cluroe, Tibby Singh, Anna Richardson and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. (Channel 4)

Changing Rooms is back and looking brighter and bolder than ever with a brand new line-up. 

Channel 4 has shared the first look at the Changing Rooms reboot as Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen makes a colourful return to contestant’s homes.

The new series, renamed Changing Rooms With Dulux, will launch on August 18 on Channel 4 and All 4, and will bring a brand new team to the format.

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Alongside Llewelyn-Bowen, who is the only returning star from the original BBC series, will be Naked Attraction host Anna Richardson as presenter. Watch a trailer below. 

Richardson took over the role from Davina McCall, who was forced to pull out over schedule clashes

The pair will also front a brand new DIY team to makeover the houses: designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, and carpenter and joiner Tibby Singh.

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The Changing Rooms team: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Anna Richardson, Jordan Cluroe , Russell Whitehead, Tibby Singh (Channel 4)

Together, they will be heading around the country bring some new life into houses with outlandish and marvellous makeovers. 

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At the initial announcement of the series, Llewelyn-Bowen warned that he has still maintained his love of extravagant, and sometimes divisive colour palettes. 

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and presenter Anna Richardson stand on a set designed by Laurence, showing his maximalism design style, for Changing Rooms on Channel 4
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and presenter Anna Richardson stand on a set designed by Llewelyn-Bowen, showing his maximalism design style (Channel 4)

He said: “There’s no room for beige in our homes and, just as it was in the 90s, Changing Rooms is once more the homestyle antidote to Britain’s blues (and greys and taupes, and even Magnolia).

“It’s taken quite a lot of coaxing to get me under the Changing Rooms banner once more, but nothing like as much coaxing as it’s going to take for me to squeeze those leather trousers back on.”

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The series was a household favourite during its 90s heyday, with then-host Carol Smilie leading the joys and disasters of the makeover challenges. 

Anna Richardson and 2LG Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead within a set showing their minimalist design style for Changing Rooms on Channel 4
Anna Richardson and 2LG Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead within a set showing their minimalist design style (Channel 4)

It ran from 1996 to 2004, with Llewelyn-Bowen taking over as host in the show's final year after Smilie departed the show. 

The series made household names of its designer and DIY cast - most notably Linda Barker, 'Handy' Andy, and Llewelyn-Bowen. 

Changing Rooms With Dulux starts Wednesday, 18 August on Channel 4 and All 4.

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