Dermot Bannon has confirmed he’s back filming Room To Improve.
Fans of the hit RTÉ show feared it wouldn’t return next year due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
But during his appearance on The Late Late Show on Friday night, the architect told viewers they’re currently in the process of filming the new series.
He said: “We are coming back we’re filming it. but it takes time, we have to build the buildings and we had to put things on pause.”
Dermot also teased they’re working on a new show concept.
“We have another idea in development. A bit like Incredible Homes we are looking at all the incredible small spaces and small homes that people are doing,” he said.
“If you’ve built something in your garden, or if you know of anyone who has done something special after Covid or built this cool garden space.
“We just want cool things that are future relevant.”
Opening up about how life has changed during the coronavirus pandemic, he said: “The biggest thing that changed for me was for the last 30 years I did Room To Improve back to back and run a practice.”
“All the TV work and travelling and going to meetings that all stopped so it kind of gave me time to slow down.”
“I feel ashamed to admit it because I know there’s an awful lot of people suffering but I kind of enjoyed the early staged of it. It was nice to spend time with the kids.”
Dermot also revealed that his brother Padraig and his wife contracted Covid-19 earlier this year.
He said: “My brother had it and his wife, they’re fine, they minded themselves. I had to do the shopping for them and everything.”
“There are friends of my parents and friends of ours that have been very bad and tragically died. Everyone gets affected.”
Dermot continued: “My brother was okay but other weren’t and it’s devastating. It affects so many people in so many different ways.”
“Even people who look able enough to go outside we need to keep thinking of them because they may be lonely. We need to do that now.”