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Baz Ashmawy hopes DIY SOS will return – after first series was cut short

Baz Ashmawy is hopeful DIY SOS will return for another season, after the first series was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

The brand new show went down a hit over the past few weeks, as viewers watched Baz and the team renovate the homes of deserving families in just nine days.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Mirror, Baz confessed they were supposed to film more episodes this year – but their plans were scrapped due to Covid-19.

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Baz said: “Shows like that don’t come around all the time. And we were supposed to do more but we couldn’t because it got delayed and the timing we had…”

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“Like I always had in the back of my head that there was one family out there that was supposed to be helped and they didn’t get the opportunity.”

Baz said he “really” hopes the series will return, and said: “I think it is a great show. And the support we got…”

“Just even walking down the street now, people just really connected and warmed to it and it just had an effect on them, it had an effect on everyone involved too and we all want to do it again.”

“So fingers crossed, I don’t see why they wouldn’t do it again. It’s using the medium of TV in the best possible way.”

“I’ve had so many messages. I’ve just never experienced anything like it. Like on my Instagram and constantly everyday, more and more messages. It’s just different.”

Baz also admitted he was “blown away” by the show’s ratings, after figures revealed the series pulled in over half a million viewers each week.

The 45-year-old said: “I’m just so happy people connected with it, because you just don’t know when you are making it.”

“I kind of in my gut always thought it would, but when you see the figures and stuff like that, you are just like wow.”

“Sometimes you need a catalyst, there is a lot of bad news, and we need to show how many good people are out there. It’s kind of refreshing for people, especially at the moment.”

“I think we need this all the time, that faith in things. It gives you a perspective and makes you look at everything in a slightly more positive prism. And we need that all the time.”

“I am just blown away, people are so lovely,” he added.

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