Alan Carr and Amanda Holden will tackle the renovation of an Italian house for a BBC show

Alan Carr and Amanda Holden

Comedian Alan Carr and British Got Talent judge Amanda Holden have joined forces to renovate a dilapidated house in Italy for a new BBC series.

The duo have bought adjoining apartments in the Sicilian countryside – for a total of two euros – which they will assemble and transform into a large holiday home during the show.

The eight-part series, titled Amanda And Alan: The Italian Job, will follow the duo as they roll up their sleeves trying their hand at skills ranging from plumbing to painting and plastering.

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Alan Carr (Ian West/PA)

They have both renovated their own properties in the past, but neither has tackled a project of this magnitude before.

Carr said: “After presenting two rounds of Masters in Interior Design, I think now is the time for me to put on my helmet, put on my steel-toed boots and really get my hands dirty. hands.

“Working in beautiful Sicily with one of my dearest friends is like hitting the jackpot.

“Expect a summer of drilling, demolition and hopefully la dolce vita.”

Holden said: “Alan and I came up with the idea for this show together and approached the BBC because we knew it was the perfect home.

Amanda Holden and Alan Carr
Amanda Holden and Alan Carr (BBC/PA)

“We are both very passionate about interior design and will be very active, breathing much needed life into an area of ​​Sicily that needs a little Holden and Carr magic.

“Although we are on the same wavelength most of the time, I am more pragmatic and organized than Alan.

“However, he is up for brazen negotiations, which will help us stay on budget.

“We have already started filming and one thing is for sure, we are not afraid of a power tool.”

The series will see the couple branching out into the local lifestyle, exploring the region of Italy and bringing in local traders to keep the project on track.

Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment for the BBC, said: “I hope this series brings some much-needed joy and inspires our viewers as they follow our couple of friends in their mission to learn new skills and breathe new life. in an abandoned building.

The completed property will go on sale at the end of the summer with all proceeds going to charity.


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