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Homes Under the Hammer first aired on BBC One on 17 November 2003 and is set to celebrate in style with celebrity guest presenters on its 20th Anniversary.

For the first time ever each special episode will contain a celebrity host, a new property, and a memorable moment from the archive with a double-bill due to air on the anniversary.

The celebrity guests are fans of the programme and will enjoy the opportunity to offer their own individual insight as they share ideas to transform the properties. Martin Roberts will kick off the anniversary celebrations with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen in Bristol, followed by Martel Maxwell and Alex Jones in London.

Laurence rivals Martin in the fashion stakes before offering advice on recycling a retro avocado bathroom suite and Alex expresses her love for original features.

The celebrities will also present the iconic phrase ‘Let’s find out what happened when it went under the hammer’ before meeting with the new owners who were successful at auction.

Later in the year, Dion Dublin will be joined by Toyah Wilcox in Birmingham, Jacqui Joseph will co-present with Owain Wyn Evans in Wales and Tommy Walsh will get a helping hand from The Traitors favourite, Amanda Lovett, in Buckinghamshire.

Homes Under the Hammer was an instant hit in 2003 and has offered both entertainment and property tips and expertise to become a firm favourite in the BBC Daytime schedule. The new episodes include everything you would expect from auction tension and renovation drama to big reveals and quirky musical accompaniments.

Over the years, the popular programme has travelled the length and breadth of the UK visiting a plethora of property auction lots during more than 1450 episodes. The series continues to be one of BBC One’s most successful shows.

“Who would have thought back in 2003 when I uttered those immortal lines ‘let’s find out what happened when it went ‘under the hammer’ for the first time, that I’d still be saying them 20 years on? But I am. And I’m so very proud to have been part of this much-loved show that’s been bringing entertainment and inspiration to viewers for a spectacularly long time.” – Martin Roberts

“20 years of Homes Under the Hammer, and we’re still going strong. A Juggernaut of a show that never seems to get old, and people absolutely love. I’m so privileged to be a part of it for the last nine years, it’s a special show and long may it continue… for another 20 years!” – Dion Dublin

“This is my favourite programme of all time. I’ve watched it for years so this feels like a real treat to be with you.” – Alex Jones

“I’m so excited to be here with you. I’ve watched this show since it first began so I have learnt so much.” – Toyah Wilcox

“I love Homes Under the Hammer. I’ve watched this programme for years so I’m thrilled to be on the programme.” – Owain Wyn Evans

Muslim Alim, Commissioning Editor Factual Daytime Commissioning, says: “Homes Under the Hammer is arguably one of the heroes of BBC Daytime and a factual entertainment triumph: The BBC is proud to celebrate 20 years of the show and audiences can expect lots of entertainment as we invite celebrities to join our presenters as property experts and revisit some of our favourite past properties courtesy of the rich archive.”

Lisa Hazlehurst, Head of Lion Scotland says: “Who doesn’t love a birthday party and here at Lion Scotland we are celebrating – we’re immensely proud of Homes under the Hammer...

"The show’s 20th birthday is testament to the viewing nation’s enduring love for the series which taps into Britain’s collective psyche and obsession with creating homes from bricks and mortar. As well as a brilliantly entertaining format the show’s success is also down to the hugely creative and dedicated teams on both sides of the camera. Many Happy Returns!”

The special anniversary episodes will air on Friday 17 November at 11:15am on BBC One and iPlayer.


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