Following a hugely successful first series, which earned Welsh indie, Chwarel, a BAFTA Award in the Daytime category, The Great House Giveaway is back and welcomes a new presenter, Tayo Oguntonade, it was announced today (TUES).


As a result of Channel 4’s Black to Front project, property expert Tayo permanently joins the hosting team alongside returning presenter Simon O’Brien (Find It, Fix It, Flog It; Lost and Found), and S4C’s presenter Carys Davies (S4C’s Ar Werth/For Sale). 


In this game-changing property format, which partners with finance experts Together, The Great House Giveaway sees two people, who have never met and have never owned a home, given a lump sum to buy a property at auction. The pair then have six months to revive the property into a habitable and desirable home with the aim to split any profits. If they don’t sell – the house goes back to auction. 


Five episodes are set to air in September as part of the project, where we’ll see experienced Mortgage Broker, Property Expert, and Investor, Tayo, on hand to offer advice and handy tips to our DIY hopefuls.


Kate Thomas, Commissioning Editor for Daytime & Features said: “Tayo is a brilliant talent who already has loads of fans following his advice on social media. I’m delighted he has joined the Bafta-winning team on The Great House Giveaway.” 


Tayo Oguntonade said: “helping to get people on the property ladder has been a passion of mine for a long time, one of which I’ve been doing throughout my career. I am so excited to be joining The Great House Giveaway team and getting to share my advice with not only the renovation new-comers on the show but also the viewers at home!”


Sioned Wyn, Executive Producer at Chwarel adds: “I am thrilled to have someone of Tayo’s outstanding experience join the team. With his breadth of knowledge and genuine warmth to our contestants, he brings so much to the programme that viewers will love.”


The first series, which was edited remotely around the country during lockdown, was Channel 4’s best performing new 4pm launch show since 2018. The series averaged 816k with a 8.5% share; up +21% on the slot average for volume and +17% for share.


This second series is a part of a new series deal, which has seen two series commissioned, 50 hours in daytime and ten in peak. As with series one, some of these hours will be co-commissioned with S4C.

The Great House Giveaway is made by Welsh independent production company Chwarel. Sioned Wyn is the Executive Producer and Barry Hecker and Carole Lochhead are the Series Producers.


The series was commissioned for Channel 4 by Kate Thomas, Commissioning Editor for Daytime & Features. The commissioner for S4C is Llinos Wynne.


For more information, please contact Kate Killgour / 07470 278931


Notes to Editors:

September 10th is Black to Front, a day of TV fronted by Black talent and featuring Black contributors. The day is about representing Black British communities, championing Black voices, stories, and celebrating the incredible Black talent that make, shape and star in British TV.


Black to Front is part of Channel 4’s on-going commitment to improve Black representation on and off screen. Together with programme makers, production partners and the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity Channel 4 has worked to identify and address the barriers for inclusion and progression for talent from underrepresented groups. Significant off-screen commitments were made to increase Black representation on Black to Front programming. Working together, Black to Front will accelerate significant and lasting change in the industry.