DIY SOS viewers were left reaching for the tissues after a guest on the show revealed that their family had been struck by tragedy.
For the premiere of the long-awaited new series, presenter Nick Knowles was in Kettering to help the McAuley's – and it soon ended in tears.
Their construction project was tragically cut short by the death of Lindsey’s husband, Shaun.
His wife Lindsay was informed he would have over a year left to live and, despite receiving an operation, the cancer accelerated aggressively and he died in November.
The McAuleys' loss was augmented by the unfinished work on their Pine Road home extension, which left their house in an "unlivable" condition.
Nick and the construction team took a week to renovate the house – and fans couldn’t help getting inspired by the story.
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Alongside an array of red love heart emojis, one person penned: "Great to see DIY SOS back on TV again, but I'm balling my eyes out on a Tuesday night."
Echoing their comments, someone else said: "DIY SOS has only just started and I’m already in tears."
While a third added: "I’ve often shed a tear watching DIY SOS, but never in the first five minutes. This one’s a tearjerker."
Construction was aided by a number of Shaun’s colleagues from the Royal Engineers, who shared some touching memories from their service together.
Midway through the project, Nick had a heart-to-heart with mum-of-four Lindsay about how the family has tried to cope with the loss of Shaun.
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She told the presenter: “It is a pain that you can’t explain to anyone. It’s just so difficult.
“I think I’m still trying to stay strong for everyone else. I’m still trying to stay strong for the boys and keep everything as normal as possible. So I think I’ve still got a long way to go.”
DIY SOS The Big Build: Kettering is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
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