A FAMILY will star on screens across the country as viewers are given an insight into their life before and after a total makeover.

The Taylor-Manns' Bolton home has been transformed from an "unfit for purpose" property that was a "massive strain on family life" thanks to DIY SOS: The Big Build.

Diggers, forklifts, landscapers, construction teams in hard hats and film crews arrived in September last year to carry out home improvements which were designed to make life that little bit easier for nine-year-old William Taylor-Mann, who has severe autism.

Photos taken at the time show the entire Little Lever street being overtaken by the team behind the project.

The family has now invited people to tune in and watch the show when it airs on BBC One next week.

Mum Heather Taylor-Mann posted on social media: "We can finally tell everyone that after months of waiting our show is going to be aired. We can’t wait to see it and to share the experiences of those amazing people who helped out.

"We’ve been told that it’s a “heartwarming and funny” episode so I hope you all enjoy watching it.

"Life has changed so much in this past year for us, especially William. He is thriving and so much calmer and happy. We really hope that people take a positive message from our show, that difference should be embraced.

"We’re beyond blessed to have William in our lives, he is our everything and we can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives with him living his best life."

William's condition means he has an underdeveloped sense of danger, and before the project got under way, he was actively attempting to climb through the windows at his home. For his safety, he could not be left unsupervised upstairs.

The house had also suffered flood damage due to William turning on the bathroom taps and leaving them running.

His dad Martin had begun to build a third upstairs room to create more space for his children William, Scarlett, aged eight, and Penelope, aged one, who were previously sharing a room. But financial constraints, on top of fitting the work around his job as a detention officer at Bury police station and helping wife Heather care for William, had delayed his progress.

DIY SOS have built a new downstairs extension with adaptations, separate bedrooms, a calm space for William and a social area for the family, who said they are "forever grateful" for the transformation.

"We are forever grateful for this amazing opportunity and to every single person who helped", Mrs Taylor-Mann said. "We know only to well how many deserving families there are so we feel even more privileged to have been chosen out of more than 13,000 applicants.

"We hope that we can work to pay it forward at every chance we get."

Dozens of friends and family members have taken to social media to express their eagerness to see the programme.

One wrote: "I can't blooming wait. Dying to see your reactions in the house."

Another posted: "Fantastic news, can't wait to see it. Such an amazing experience to get involved in and a wonder to see how life changing is been for you all."

The programme is due to air at 8pm on Wednesday, November 27.