Grand Designs – C4

Grand Designs' Kevin McCloud meets Spanish architect Jaime and his wife Mimi as they embark on a mission to convert a Grade II listed folly into a family home

Presenter Kevin McCloud is feeling cynical as this latest 
series kicks off with an ambitious build in Buckinghamshire.

Young couple Jaime and Mimi spent £100,000 on a 250-year-old folly that used to house a gentleman’s fossil collection.

It’s a total ruin, tiny and has no planning permission and the couple have one young child and another on the way – so you can understand why Kevin 
is a little bit negative!

Inside Jaime and Mimi's remodelled folly in Buckinghamshire

Inside Jaime and Mimi’s remodelled folly in Buckinghamshire

In some ways, he’s right – the build pushes the family almost to breaking point.

But Kevin also underestimates architect Jaime’s unfailing optimism and determination to be king 
of his very own mini-castle.

TV Times rating: ****