BBC One’s This Is My House is back with a new celebrity panel, new contestants and no host – Stacey Dooley is absent from the show after hosting season one.
The guessing game surprised us all when it turned out to be one of the most entertaining shows of 2021, as four contestants try to convince a group of celebrities that the house featured in the episode is actually theirs.
However, the show has undergone some changes since the first season first aired – with Judi Love joined by Richard Madeley on the judging panel and a rotation of new celebrity guests, while episode lengths have also been shortened.
But why isn’t Stacey Dooley hosting the show anymore? Here’s everything you need to know.
Where is Stacey Dooley in This is My House?
Stacey Dooley presented the first season of This is My House – but the show was revamped ahead of its second season.
The BBC announced in November last year that the show would be returning without Stacey Dooley and when asked why she would no longer be appearing on This is My House, a BBC spokesman told RadioTimes.com that the ” The show’s format has evolved for Season 2″.
The new episodes will be just 30 minutes long (half the length of the first season’s episodes), with the celebrity panel being shown a series of VTs in which the four contestants try to convince them that the house in question is actually belongs to them.
Creator and executive producer Richard Bacon said back in November 2021 when season two was first announced, “I loved seeing the audience’s response to the show. Especially on social media while it was running. It gave me the confidence to go straight into absurd humor. I’m also proud that it was so well received by the young audience.”
BBC One tested the new format with This Is My House’s Red Nose Day special, which featured Deborah Meaden, Rob Rinder, Ricky Hatton and Claire Richards trying to steal celebrity panelists Claudia Winkleman, Harry Hill, Chris Eubank and Nina Wadia convince that they’re touring the house belonged to them.
Meanwhile, Stacey Dooley presents the upcoming BBC cooking show Three Hungry for It and DNA Family Secrets.
Season 2 of This is My House airs Fridays at 8:30pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. See our TV guide for more information. Also visit our entertainment hub for more news, interviews and features.