A sixth series of Scotland’s Home of the Year – BBC Scotland’s popular property programme made by IWC (a Banijay UK company) – has been commissioned with a new judging line-up searching for outstanding homes across Scotland.
Glasgow architect Danny Campbell joins the judging panel alongside interior designers Anna-Campbell Jones and Banjo Beale, who returns as a permanent judge following a guest stint on the fifth series which returns to BBC One Scotland and BBC iPlayer from Monday 15 May. Danny and Banjo will take over from judges Michael Angus and Kate Spiers who have left to pursue new projects.
Originally from Helensburgh, Danny grew up near iconic building, The Hill House which was designed by acclaimed architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. Danny studied Architecture at Glasgow School of Art before founding his own architectural company in 2016 at the age of 25.
Danny’s delighted to be part of the new SHOTY judging line-up: “I’m thrilled to be joining Anna and Banjo on their adventures around Scotland to crown our nation’s Home of the Year. I’ve built my career on going in and out of homes and figuring out how they can be designed better; being invited to judge some of the most unique properties is the epitome of self-indulgence for me, and I hope the viewers can share in that excitement.
“I will bring my own disruptive views on architecture to the new series and will be looking for homes that are inventive with their flow and aren’t scared to challenge what a home can be. I’m sure that the new series will be even more surprising, gripping, uplifting and fun!”
Following his guest judge role in SHOTY5, Interior Designer Banjo Beale is thrilled to take up the role permanently: “It was a highlight of my life to be a guest judge on Series 5 of such an iconic show. To get the call back to join the line-up as a regular, with Anna and Danny, well that is just the pinnacle. I’m ready and raring to neb my way around Scotland and to my P6 teacher who told me I’d never make a career out of being nosey…look at me now!”
Danny and Banjo take over from original SHOTY judges, lifestyle blogger Kate Spiers and architect and lecturer Michael Angus who have decided to move on from being judges on the popular series.
Kate Spiers says: “SHOTY has been a huge part of my life for the last five years and I’m so proud I was part of this TV phenomenon! After recently becoming a first time mum, I embraced the opportunity (between night feeds) to think about a new future and new challenges – it feels like the time is right for me to move on and bid a fond farewell. While I will miss my SHOTY family terribly, I’m thrilled at the prospect of sitting back and judging the homes as a viewer. Thank you to everyone for making SHOTY so unique – it will always hold a very special place in my heart.”
Michael Angus adds: “After five years judging some of the most outstanding properties on Scotland’s Home of the Year, I’ve decided the time is right to say goodbye. I’ve loved being part of a show which has grown in stature over the years and become must-see viewing with audiences. I’ve appreciated the opportunity to offer an architectural element to the judging and grateful to the homeowners for allowing us into their homes. The forthcoming fifth series will be my last and I’m looking forward to being a LeCorbusier recliner judge in the future!”
Steve Allen, BBC Scotland Executive Producer and Commissioning Executive, welcomes the new judges to the SHOTY line-up: “Kate, Michael, and Anna have helped build Scotland’s Home Of The Year, into a well-loved staple for our viewers. Now, I’m really looking forward to seeing Banjo build on his success as SHOTY’s guest presenter as he and Anna are joined by Danny, a really accomplished, and fun, young architect.”
Pauline Law, Executive Producer for IWC Media, adds: “It’s great news to be commissioned for a sixth series and to celebrate once again, all the very different shapes and sizes of those special places we call home, across Scotland. We’re sad to be saying goodbye to two of our judges – Kate Spiers and Michael Angus – they’ve done a fantastic job giving us their valued opinions on over 100 homes in the last five years but of course, we wish them all the best for their future plans. We are delighted that Banjo Beale has agreed to become a permanent member of the SHOTY team having been a guest judge on series five and to introduce our new architecture expert for series six – Danny Campbell.”
Filming on SHOTY6 starts from the end of June and the filmmakers are looking for homeowners to apply to take part. From bijou properties to grand conversions, tradition to modern, city dwellings to rural havens, the next series of Scotland’s Home of the Year will search for outstanding homes which embody design, style and amazing architecture.
Details on how to apply for the sixth series of Scotland’s Home of the Year can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/shoty . Applicants should include contact details, a brief description of the home and a few pictures. Please note, only primary residences can apply to take part.
Since its launch in 2019, Scotland’s Home of the Year has fast become a ‘must-watch’ show on the BBC One Scotland and BBC iPlayer, making it one of the broadcasters Top 5 brands.
The fourth series, which aired in 2022, has already seen a significant growth in audiences from the previous series which secured over 1 million downloads on BBC iPlayer alone. Series 5 launches on BBC One Scotland and BBC iPlayer from Monday 15 May 2023.
Scotland’s Home Of The Year is commissioned by Steve Allen, BBC Scotland’s Commissioning Executive who will also be the Executive Producer on Series 6 alongside Pauline Law for IWC Media (a Banijay UK company).