Thursday 19 July 2018

Here's a sneak peek at tension brewing between Daniel O'Donnell and Dermot Bannon on Room to Improve

Dermot Bannon, Majella O'Donnell, and Daniel O'Donnell on the first episode of Room to Improve, RTE
Dermot Bannon, Majella O'Donnell, and Daniel O'Donnell on the first episode of Room to Improve, RTE
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Room to Improve is compelling TV at the best of times thanks to the conflict between dreams and budgets and Dermot Bannon.

Throw reluctant programme participant Daniel O'Donnell into the mix and the first episode of the new series next Sunday night promises to be TV gold.

It's no secret that the Donegal singer had rather modest hopes for updating his Kincasslagh property than perhaps his wife Majella and architect Bannon had in mind and the two men clash over the issue.

Dermot plans to unify three ground floor rooms to create a huge open plan kitchen and living area, overlooked by a mezzanine library.

Daniel O'Donnell, Lisa O'Brien, Majella O'Donnell and Dermot Bannon
Daniel O'Donnell, Lisa O'Brien, Majella O'Donnell and Dermot Bannon

To introduce light and views of the spectacular Donegal landscape, he plans to introduce an enlarged double height south facing window, but they’re not so taken with his vision of wooden floors and a huge exterior floating deck.

Daniel rejects the 'folly' of oak finishes and viewing platforms, and is far more interested in salvaging wardrobes and adding an ensuite bathroom to every bedroom in the house.

Likewise, he has little patience for Dermot’s suggestion of ‘secret’ doors and wall claddings.

As a massive consignment of triple glazed windows arrives on site, the concerted efforts of nine fitters are nothing compared to Dermot’s challenge of placating his feistiest and most single-minded clients yet.

Here's a sneak peek of the tension brewing as Dermot takes his initial tour of their home, before a single plan has been revealed...

Dermot and Majella spoke to us about the differences of opinion, how they resolved them, and the finished project: 'I haven't seen the episode yet but it will be hard enough to watch' - Dermot Bannon on Room to Improve bust up with Daniel O'Donnell

The first episode of the new series of Room to Improve starts this Sunday, February 18th at 9.30pm on RTÉ One.

Read more: Daniel O'Donnell admits he 'blew a gasket' when Dermot Bannon revealed cost of Room to Improve renovation

'Dermot told us we'd be in our house by Christmas... it'll be February now', says Daniel 

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