A LEGENDARY home makeover show is returning for a Strictly Come Dancing special – and it’s just weeks away.
DIY SOS fans are already aware of a Children in Need Special that is coming up later this year.
But now they also have a Strictly Come Dancing Special to look forward to in a matter of weeks as well.
The aim of the special is to bring some sparkle to a performing arts school in Wallsend, North Tyneside.
Nick Knowles and his team set to work on transforming a derelict old boys’ club into a creative home for True Colours; a charity that welcomes all children and young adults whatever their ability, providing them with a space to express themselves.
On hand to make sure the build has everything a dance school needs – and more – are Strictly professionals drafted in by judge Anton Du Beke.
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Swapping the Strictly ballroom for a building site and spending time getting to know some of the True Colours members are Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Graziano Di Prima and Nancy Xu.
With only six days to complete the build it’s a huge challenge. Disused for more than a decade, the old sports hall is dark and dingey with a graffiti filled concrete yard outside.
Split across two levels, it also needs to be made accessible for the charity’s 200 members.
Hundreds of local volunteers get to work, creating breakout spaces for children and their family members to relax in as well as a beautiful sensory room for those dealing with overwhelm and anxiety.
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Nick, 60, said: “We’re back, and what a way to kick off the Big Build with a brilliant group of Strictly stars that will inspire and delight the children, young adults and staff from True Colours.
"This Performing Arts School really needs a transformation, they do an excellent job in Wallsend and if we can help them grow so they can accept more students, then we’re going to go above and beyond.”
Anton, 57, added: “What Alisar-Jane and her team is doing is very special. Myself, Katya and Graziano understand the power of dance and how it brings people together.
"This could really transform not just the building but the community too. We are thrilled to help out and bring some Strictly magic to the proceedings.
"And who knows, we may see a future Strictly star in our midst!”
DIY SOS Strictly Special will air on Wednesday, August 30 at 9pm on BBC One.
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