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Banjo Beale Replaces Kate Spiers

Banjo Beale Replaces Kate Spiers

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Interior Design Masters winner Banjo Beale is joining Scotland’s Home of the Year as a new guest judge when the series returns in 2023.

Australian-born Banjo, who won series three of Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr, will join Scotland’s Home of the Year alongside series stalwarts Anna Campbell-Jones and Michael Angus, while lifestyle blogger Kate Spiers takes a break from filming to welcome her first child.

Filming for the new seven-part series has begun, with Banjo, Anna and Michael hitting the road in search of outstanding homes across Scotland, from bijou properties to grand conversions and city dwellings to rural havens, all celebrating design, style and incredible architecture.

Banjo, who lives on the Isle of Mull with his partner Ro, describes himself as ‘an Antipodean Hebridean’ who settled in Tobermory in 2014 after backpacking around the world.

He won over the viewing audience and judges, including head judge Michelle Ogundehin, to win Interior Design Masters earlier this year, in a finale that saw him head to head with textile designer Amy Davies.

scotland's home of the year judges, anna campbell jones, michael angus and kate spiers

Banjo will be a guest judge for series five, replacing Kate Spiers (far right)

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‘What an honour to be joining Scotland’s Home of the Year,’ says Banjo. ‘I’m always inventing reasons to snoop through people’s homes – now I get to peek into the best homes in Scotland! I had a fabulous time designing homes on Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr and now I get to be the judge.

‘I have opinions and I ain’t afraid to use them! But I can’t wait to uncover the spaces and the people behind them. I’m an Australian living on the Isle of Mull and Scotland has been my home for eight years. I think as a nation we’re seriously underestimated for our design, heart and bravery which we show in our houses and I’m chuffed to showcase the best of the best.’

Since its launch in 2019, Scotland’s Home of the Year has fast become one of BBC Scotland’s most successful brands, captivating audiences across TV and online. The most recent series saw New Tolsta, an early 20th century croft house owned by artist Tom Hickman, crowned as the winner.

The new series will broadcast on BBC One Scotland, BBC Scotland and BBC iPlayer – you can catch up on series four here.

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Olivia Heath
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Olivia Heath is the Executive Digital Editor at House Beautiful UK where she’s busy uncovering tomorrow’s biggest home trends, all whilst delivering stylish room inspiration, small space solutions, easy garden ideas and house tours of the hottest properties on the market.

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