Second series of popular interior design show starts

A BBC series which aims to offer opportunities to the next generation of interior designers has returned for a second run.

In each episode of the Great Interior Design Challenge, which arrived back on screens earlier this week, three talented candidates at a time are challenged to design rooms for clients.

The show travels across the country, from Dorset to Liverpool, and through the ages, from Georgian terraces to Art Deco cul-de-sacs.

Among the judges assessing the wannabes’ work is Dan Hopwood, president of the British Institute of Interior Design.

He said that he had signed up for the programme because he was eager to help those who showed promise to turn professional.

Tom Dyckhoff, The Times’ architecture and design critic, was chosen to present the series.

“I’m excited that The Great Interior Design Challenge not only changes people’s lives – both discovering new creative talent and transforming people’s homes – but at last gives real interior design the respect it deserves,” he said.

The winner of the first series was Sarah Moore, whose vintage-inspired designs have since proven hugely popular with the public.