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LIVING CHANNEL – Fridays from 9 November, 9.30pm

Homeowners embark on daring renovation projects to transform their neglected lofts and basements into gorgeous, aspirational new living spaces. Each episode of this transformational series looks at the complete renovation of either a loft or a cellar. Each story culminates in an incredible reveal of a truly amazing new space. Each show is packed full of take-home advice on how best to transform your house.

LIVING CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 6 November, 9.30pm

The Hotel Inspector is on a mission – to scare the hell out of Britain’s hoteliers and drag the multitudes of under-performing holiday accommodations out of the doldrums and up to a standard more befitting of the nations’ most visited tourist spots. With the highest standards – and a vicious eye for detail, Ruth Watson lifts the lid on the grotty hotel experience: cheap cotton, inferior interiors and an atmosphere more akin to a morgue than a place to holiday. Her mission is to assess why an establishment is failing to thrive then encourage, cajole and shame the owner into rethinking their service. There is plain talk and good advice, but only once Ruth has taken over the running of the hotel for a day following the routine of the current owners to understand the challenges they face. A five point plan will then be drawn up to implement an upgrade.

LIVING CHANNEL – Mondays from 15 October, 8pm

Presented by Caroline Quentin, Restoration Home follows private owners of crumbling historic buildings as they save them from ruin and restore them into wonderful 21st century homes. With the help of architectural expert, Kieran Long, and social historian, Dr. Kate Williams, this series unravels the properties’ astonishing lives. As the new owners transform the buildings into their homes, the family trees of these crumbling ruins start to emerge. Tales of Kings and Queens, murder, civil unrest, moments that shocked and shaped Britain are revealed as these buildings are brought back to life.

LIVING CHANNEL – Sundays from 14 October, 10pm

The aboriginals of Australia have a tradition of travelling their country, maintaining their culture, looking after the land, telling stories and visiting family. It’s a practice they call Walkabout. In this series Ray Mears follows suit as he makes four journeys through the wilderness of the Australian Outback. These are journeys that encompass many of the themes of Ray’s world – discovery, the natural world, indigenous culture, adventure and survival. Above all, they represent Ray’s desire to be open to new ideas, new ways of doing things, new experiences. Australia presents a fabulous opportunity to show this, encompassing so many different natural habitats, with a rich indigenous culture and many tales of exploration and survival.

LIVING CHANNEL – Sundays from 14 October, 6.30pm

Nick Knowles and his trusty team return with more life-changing ‘big builds’, transforming the homes of the deserving and the desperate. This time, the DIY SOS team takes on the renovation of whole houses – even building extensions and loft conversions where possible! These are families with heartbreaking stories, and whole communities are willing to help. Of course, project managing so many workers inevitably creates tensions, drama and the odd fall-out between friends, not to mention plenty of the show’s trademark humour. Each challenge climaxes in the huge, feel-good reveal – leaving the owners looking forward to a bright new future, and resulting in a sense of genuine achievement for all involved.

LIVING CHANNEL – Thursdays from 11 October, 10.30pm

Journalist Jane Moore puts different household items under the microscope – the latest in cleaning technology, beauty industry staples and hardware essentials. Jane asks leading experts to explain how these clever chemicals work. To separate scientific fact from marketing spin, she undertakes some hilarious hands-on challenges. Will the latest cleaning formula be up to the task when her children are let loose with super-soakers loaded with coffee and tomato juice? The series also contrasts the marvels of modern science with the best Mother Nature has to offer, as when mechanics demonstrate the amazing powers of Limonene, made from distilled orange peel.

LIVING CHANNEL – Sunday 23 September, 7.30pm

Ever wanted to move from the city to an idyllic rural retreat? This series helps city families, couples and individuals find their dream homes in the country. Each programme follows one move, from the beginning of the search for a suitable property to the final selection.

LIVING CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 18 September, 9.30pm

Alex Polizzi sets out to wage a one-woman campaign to save Britain’s family businesses. Many small and medium family-run firms are going to the wall in the current climate, but it’s a sector that’s vital to the British economy. It is an issue Alex is particularly well-equipped to address and she works hard with the family to try to pull the business back from the brink, but this isn’t just business – it’s personal too. She cut her teeth in the Forte family business, which grew to become an empire valued at three billion pounds and she now works in businesses with her mother and her husband.

LIVING CHANNEL – Sundays from 16 September, 8.30pm

Auction Room is a new series that follows the stories behind the sales in some of Australia’s leading auction houses. Hosted by actor and author William McInnes, each episode will follow ordinary and not so ordinary people as they put their treasured possessions under the hammer. William will be there every step of the way to uncover the tales behind the sales and to capture the theatre and charged atmosphere of auction night, as well as the skilled experts who have unique and detailed knowledge of the old and the new, the weird and the wonderful, from the one-offs to the kitsch.

LIVING CHANNEL – Mondays from 10 September, 10.00pm

Ruth Watson revisits once-great country houses to see if the owners have followed her advice to return them to their former glory. Each of the houses and its owners needed to diversify or face the prospect of going into debt, selling or handing over the keys to investors. The series gives a glimpse into some truly rare and historical houses, as well as human drama and conflict when Ruth’s very straight talking advice goes against the family’s often romantic views of their home.