Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan
In November last year Colin & Justin took to the Australian jungle as participants in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! with Justin succeeding as one of the final four. Following the jungle Colin & Justin kicked off 2010 hosting the popular 60 Minute Makeover for ITV, working their magic on properties from London all the way to Preston. They are also now the new ‘agony uncles’ of Closer Magazine.
Colin and Justin’s Home Heist, showing them beautifying Canadian homes, launched in 2008 on Canada’s HGTV channel. They have now made-over 56 Canadian homes. It will air on UKTV Style from April 2009 and in Ireland, Australia, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Asia, Africa and Poland…with more to come. The book to accompany the series is available on Penguin Books.
Justin and Colin’s Home Show aired on UKTV Style in Autumn 2008. They visited some of the biggest retail destinations in theUK from Bluewater to Meadowhall toManchester’s Trafford Centre, making their own set from scratch in the middle of the shopping centre and transforming it into a spectacular themed room in front of a live audience, using furnishings and accessories sourced from the shopping centre.
They presented The Estate on Channel 5, a four-part documentary in which they demonstrated that everyone, regardless of where they are on the housing ladder should be entitled to basic standards of living by attempting to transform theArden council estate inGlasgow. With grand plans but with no budget, their initial challenge was to makeArden a better place to live and to help residents regain their community pride.
In 2006 they became wedding planners for three lucky couples with three different budgets in Justin and Colin’s Wedding Belles on Channel 5. They have also presented a range of peak-time property, entertainment and lifestyle series including How Not To Decorate; 20 Quickest Ways to Make Money; 20 Quickest Ways to Lose Money; Three Celebs And A Baby and Ultimate Celebrity Fashion Frock Ups.
Justin and Colin first came to the public’s notice in BBC2‘s hugely successful series, Million Pound Property Experiment, which saw them buy, renovate and sell seven properties acrossBritain, ranging from £100,000 to £1.25 million.
They also presented BBC1’s Trading Up and the overseas spin-off Trading Up In The Sun which helped people buy homes inFrance,Spain andCyprus.
Their live broadcasting experience is diverse, ranging from daytime programmes such as BBC1’s Housecall, to primetime shows such as Channel 5’s The Farm. They both work at home, doing outside broadcasts and studio work.
Colin and Justin are always hugely popular guests on all the main chat shows, on both sides of the Atlantic. They have had their own weekly show on BBC Radio Scotland and have enjoyed learning the technical skills of “driving the desk”.
Their background lies originally in journalism and they have published Britain’s 100 Most Beautiful Homes for IPC as Contributing Home Editors. They still write design features for a wide range of publications.
Their book, Colin and Justin’s How Not To Decorate (Time Warner), was published for the Christmas market in 2004 and The Million Pound Property Experiment, the book which accompanied their groundbreaking series on BBC2, was voted the winner in the Lifestyle Category at the WHSmith People’s Choice Book Awards.
They were also event managers for the Scottish Ideal Home Show and for several years they have designed a Special Feature at the Earls Court Ideal Home Show. Last year saw them front Ideal Home Show events acrossCanada. They are also in constant demand to host events, award ceremonies and dinners, both in theUK andCanada.
Justin & Colin have a home-ware range at Matalan called the Influence range and are currently brand ambassadors for Ambi Pur and BAA.