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Great Interior Design Challenge

Season 2
 (15)
2014TV-PG
A trio of amateur interior designers compete to design similar rooms in different homes across Britain in the hopes of impressing a team of professional judges.
Starring
Sasha BikoffTom DyckhoffDaniel Hopwood
Genres
UnscriptedSpecial Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Cotswolds
    October 28 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Amateur designers Scott, Fiona and Francesca design rooms in neighboring 17th-century cottages.
  2. 2. Beach Huts
    October 29 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Three new designers take on three 1920s beach huts on Canford Cliffs beach.
  3. 3. Medieval
    October 30 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Architectural historian Tom Dyckhoff joins three designers in unlocking the history of three grand medieval homes in Lavenham, Suffolk.
  4. 4. Victorian London
    November 4 2014
    57min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Our amateur designers will take on the open-plan living and dining rooms of three Victorian terraced houses in the heart of London's East End.
  5. 5. Fishermen's Cottages
    November 5 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The designers must transform a bedroom each for three sisters living in a row of cottages.
  6. 6. Welwyn Garden City
    November 6 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Three new designers must update three identical living rooms in the handsome town of Welwyn Garden City.
  7. 7. Eco Homes
    November 11 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The amateur designers redesign large open-plan reception rooms in 21st century Eco Homes in Greater London.
  8. 8. Port Sunlight
    November 12 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Designers must transform a master bedroom each in Dutch-influenced model village, Port Sunlight.
  9. 9. 1930s Apartments
    November 13 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In the last of the nine heats, three new designers tackle the master bedrooms of three 1930s Hollywood-inspired apartments in West London.
  10. 10. Oast Houses
    November 18 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The amateurs take on awkward dimensions in converted Oast houses.
  11. 11. Edwardian Wimbledon
    November 19 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The designers transform reception rooms of three Edwardian houses in Wimbledon.
  12. 12. Houseboats
    November 20 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In this unique challenge, amateur designers transform multifunctional rooms in houseboats on the River Thames.
  13. 13. 1960s Complex
    November 25 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Three previous winners battle it out for two places in the semi-final.
  14. 14. School Conversion
    November 26 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Three previous winners compete for two places in the semi-final by transforming double-height reception rooms in an imposing Edwardian school conversion.
  15. 15. Tenements
    November 27 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In the semi-final, four previous winners will work with higher stakes and a higher budget to convince the judges they deserve a place in the grand final.
  16. 16. Stately Home
    December 2 2014
    59min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    To win the title, the final two designers must ace their final challenge: transform three rooms each with a budget of £4000 in four days.

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Directors
John Featherstone
Producers
Garfield CarrottTom Garland
Season year
2014
Network
All3Media
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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OC GoodgirlReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
If You're Creative and Especially if You Enjoy Interior Design This Series Is a Treat To Watch
Learning a bit about each of the designers throughout the brief backstory pieces, as well as watching them throughout the process adds to the enjoyment of this series. The series will inspire creative people and the average DIY person just trying to make some design/home improvements. The mini-interviews are especially fun to watch as you are able to learn a bit more about the designers, the vision they have for the rooms they are designing, etc.
For those of us that love design and are creative it's like finding "your people." So relatable seeing them problem-solve, struggle with perfectionism and time management, learn, and then wait with such anticipation hoping they will be able to continue and have another try at the win.
I love the true diversity of the designers (not referring to shallow "racial" diversity -- we're all human and who we are is not determined by our ethnic heritage or pigmentation). The producers/casting directors/professional panel did an excellent job of selecting real everyday creative people of different ages, with varying life experience, style preferences, personalities, and skill levels. The designers seem very unpretentious and it is a joy to be part of their journey. You feel like you're right there.
The conversation between the professionals and between the professionals and the designer contestants is informative, although some of it seems there to create some drama/suspense. Their comments about color, light, furniture placement, determining the needs of the clients, considering the architecture, pieces being used, and elements in the room (what to keep as-is, what to upcycle, etc) are very good.
In contrast to some of the similar HGTV interior design shows, this show is especially fun because it is very low-key, and the designers are mostly self-taught people that just love design. Their budgets are very, very minimal, they have just a week or two to review information the clients have provided within which to come up with a plan prior to even seeing the space(s) in person, or communicating with their clients. All the more challenging (extremely challenging) is that they have just 3 days (it seems this includes the day they meet their clients) to complete the rooms.
The designers are also just given one builder to help execute the plan (although in some episodes it seems sometimes there is an extra person or two that help with just the paint and/or wallpapering).
On that note, I cringed and was angry that there were at least two of the designers helpers that seemed to get things wrong, and/or do very shoddy work. The designer is pouring their heart, and all of their efforts in this, being exposed to the world, and they want to have things turn out as they envision. To have some designers have builders that are so easy to work with that are so very dedicated, skilled, and creative, and to have others that get stuck with unskilled, unmotivated slackers that slap paint on in a sloppily rushed manner, place wall-paper and or items in the wrong direction, damage items that have been painstakingly created, wall-paper sloppily and angled in places with bubbles, creases and puckers is horrible and creates a situation where those designers and clients are left with poor results.
Enough said, just give it a look if you're looking for some inspiration and be entertained and inspired. Enjoy!
AnnieGL7Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Like watching a car crash
This show is rather like watching a car crash. It's not something I want to see, but can't stop looking at it. The two judges, Sophie Robison and Dan Hopwood, are arrogant, full of themselves and have no sartorial sense, the contestants are creating things that make you cringe and pay no attention the the client's brief, the timeframe of two and a half days to complete the project is preposterous, and their meager budget absurd. I hope the homeowners are well compensated for the problems this show has created for them. many of them will have to re-decorate after it's done. The one redeeming aspect of this show is the history that is presented and the quality of the presenter, Tom Dyckhoff
H. L. OlsonReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brit architectural history PLUS a design competition
Loved learning about all the changes that can occur to a building over a sometimes 600 year history. Like the evolution of a residence, from worker's cottage or housing for the "deserving poor" to out of style and all but abandoned to much sought after by the hip and monied. And the landscapes are so lush, like the Great British Baking show landscaping! Liked the contestants, too. Very unvarnished. Different from US based shows.
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VanessaReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
4.5 Quaint Locales, Varied Designers, Fun & Entertaining
The designers have to work with a limited budget in a limited timeframe while somehow meeting the demands of the clients and impressing the judges with innovative ideas. The result is similar to "The Great British Bake Off" with more action as no one's staring at an oven watching dough bake.

There's a sense of victory for everyone when the challenge ends. As the season progresses, the tone does become a little dire and stressful as fatigued designers push through difficulties. Overall, it's a fun, light-hearted watch.
OldLadyInIowaReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
This Unique Series Merges History with Creative Learning/Living Skills
I watched all of the seasons for this entertaining yet Educational/Challenge series and would do so again & again if we could only get all the seasons. . . I've written this to Prime Help and made just such a request --
"Re: Great Interior Design Challenge
Prime gave us Season 2 -- all by itself -- Alone.
Please be kind and give us the other seasons for this wonderfully entertaining & instructive series. "
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E. CeronReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great ideas and beautiful locations
I truly enjoyed the different locations and how beautiful they are, the designers were all very creative and full of ideas, I liked most of the results and I also enjoy the dynamic between the judges, when watching this show I couldn't help to get some ideas for my own place. I loved the show.!
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ShadozaReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
The best design is no design?
The judgement was confusing. I do not understand the qualifiers for winning a forward push. The designs that are rewarded are not the best designs or the most skilled. One didn't even listen to what the owner preferred. I cannot like a reality show that lacks reality.
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rbReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
realistic
This is my favorite of all of the design competition shows. I love that the designers are amatuers and expanding their own design style. Much more managable and realistic than most other design shows.
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