TV presenter Fearne Cotton is fronting Interior Design Masters, a new interior design competition TV series now showing on BBC Two (coming to Netflix at a later date). Fearne’s new eight-part TV series will see 10 fledgling designers tackle interior design challenges and compete to win a life-changing design contract with a prestigious commercial client.
A popular television and radio presenter best known for Celebrity Juice, Fearn left this wacky ITV gameshow co-starring Keith Lemon and This Morning’s Holly Willoughby in December 2018, after 10 years on the show.
Interior Design Masters will be judged by Michelle Ogundehin (pictured left next to Fearne Cotton in the above photo), the former Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration magazine, who will enlist the help of design gurus Mary Portas, Jade Jagger and Matthew Williamson as specialist guest judges.
The teams of blossoming designers on Interior Design Masters will be confronted with a new space to transform each week as they attempt to impress the judges, from redesigning hair salons to holiday chalets to family homes.
Working to tight deadlines, the teams are put to the test throughout the competition as they are judged on their creative skill as designers, as well as their ability to manage a project from the initial planning to execution.
The designers will also need to work together each week, to enable them to remain in the competition and have a chance of scooping the grand prize.
“I’m thrilled to be part of this new show,” says Fearne Cotton. “With such a love of interiors, art and design this show couldn’t be any more up my street. The designers on the show are so talented, so it’s going to be really creatively inspiring with loads of wow moments.”
So what is Fearne’s own interior design style like? “Our house is old and rickety and has a ton of character,” Fearne continues. “I love colour and clashing prints and lots of texture and plants. It’s a bit boho in places, but then bold and warm in others. I love to try new things. As long as it fits with my general taste I’m game for a change.”
“It’s so exciting to be part of a show that truly celebrates the art and craft of what it really takes to be a great interior designer,” adds series judge Michelle Ogundehin. “Plus there’s jeopardy, intrigue and even some tears too!”
Any interior design tips for beginners? “Start slowly and spend as much time as possible really thinking about the way you use space before you buy a single stick of furniture,” Michelle reveals. “Lighting and accessories are akin to jewellery, in other words, the last thing you should add, not the first. But beyond that, if a homeowner authentically loves something, and believes it speaks her story, then it’s all good with me.”
The show’s production company, Darlow Smithson Productions, part of Endemol Shine Group UK, has previously produced television programmes like Ancient Megastructures, Made In Great Britain and Roman Villa.
The first episode of Interior Design Masters is being broadcast on BBC Two tonight at 8pm (Wednesday 14th August 2019). The programme will then be available shortly after broadcast on the BBC iPlayer. BBC Two is, of course, the original home of popular TV makeover shows such as Changing Rooms and Ground Force.
Here’s a preview trailer for Interior Design Masters…
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