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A guide to The Great Interior Design Challenge

Last week saw the return of the Great Interior Design Challenge ("GIDC") on our screens and if you missed it, fear not as it is also available on BBC iplayer (scroll down for the link). Now in its Series 4, the show has provided many a pleasurable moment for its audience, including panicked amateur designers running out of time, chalk painted cabinets, spray painted side tables, yellow wallpaper in bedrooms as well as many happy clients, the insights of the two judges and historic information from the show's presenter Tom Dyckhoff.

If you have never before seen the GIDC and want to know what it's all about, and even apply to appear on the show, keep reading!

What's it all about?

This program searches for Britain's best amateur interior designers. Or 'decorators' (with Keith Lemon accent) as they say in the States. Simply put, if you have any professional experience, you don't get on the program. If however you are crafty and creative (and relatively unknown) then chances are you could be on (more about the shortlisting process further below).

It is very similar to the US HGTV's Design Star that has given us the one and only Emily Henderson. The show offers an insight to what you might need to do when you start off as an interior designer/decorator/ stylist. It might also permanently put you off such plans as it can be traumatic from time to time. Who could cause such trauma?

The judges of course

Without them, there's no show. Their role is to shatter dreams and crown a winner. This year sees the return of Daniel Hopwood of acclaimed