10 years on from its last series popular RTE One show Desperate Houses returns to Irish TV tomorrow night and Tallaght features in the opening episode.
Last shown back in 2007, viewers saw the Desperate Houses team turn up on the doorsteps of some of Ireland’s untidiest homes, where they offered their skills in redecorating and refurbishing, turning homes from grim to glam.
Each week, architect and designer Róisín Murphy and her team bring will try to bring order to the chaos of a cluttered home, helping hoarders to let go and designing full makeovers of the two worst rooms in the house with a little help from IKEA Ireland.
In episode one tomorrow night (RTE 1 8.30) Róisín and the Desperate Houses crew spend three days with a lady from Tallaght named Annette as they help her rescue two hopelessly cluttered bedrooms.
Annette (60) has lived in the house for over 20 years and it’s the place where she raised her 3 children John, Maria and Michelle.
Tragically, after just ten years of marriage when the children were only small, she lost her beloved husband, Michael to a brain haemorrhage at the tender age of 32. And four years ago, she lost her son, John.
Annette loves to hang on to things ‘in case’ someone close to her might need them. Among the jumble of unused furniture and unworn clothes filling her home, hide precious legacies of the past.
Viewers will see the challenge for Róisín will be to help Annette let go of a huge collection of unwanted items but more importantly, Annette will need help and understanding as she reconnects with lost mementos of the past – giving them pride of place in her home.
It promises to be a journey fraught with emotion and poignancy that will require delicate handling.