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Room to grow...revamp wins new series for Dermot's hit homes show

HIT reality series Room To Improve and Don't Tell The Bride will be returning to the small screen in the new year.

The Herald can reveal that Coco Television is currently in the final stage of negotiations with the State broadcaster to produce another series of Room To Improve.

The series was completely overhauled in the last season and now runs for an hour instead of 30 minutes.

"No one expected such a positive response but the longer show really seems to appeal to viewers, they have more time to see how each property has improved, the final result," an insider said.

"People want to see what they could do with their own homes, especially with the current financial crisis and so, shows that make the best of people's current properties is bound to do well -- perhaps better than property-buying shows.

"So a sixth season is definitely on the cards and might be ready in time for spring."

The show's presenter, architect Dermot Bannon has attributed the success of the programme to Irish voyeurism: "People like to look at other people's houses and they like to look at the relationship between the architect and the builder, and the client and the builder."

Meanwhile, Don't Tell The Bride will be challenging brides and grooms' trust in each other in its new season.

The programme has attracted a lot of applications from brides happy to relinquish control over their big day, in exchange for a €10,000 wedding budget.