A recently vacated Presidential palace in Cairo is to be the subject of a special edition of the BBC's flagship makeover show, DIY SOS.
The palace had been occupied by the same man for the past 30 years, who had unfortunately had the property reposessed after failing to keep up repayments on a mortgage or other loan secured on it.
As is often the case with reposessed properties, gaining entry was made more difficult by the fact that the departing owner had taken the keys and left chewing gum in the lock. Eventually the bailiffs, in the form of 500,000 ordinary Egyptians, called in a team of British archaeologists to act as locksmiths, as they have the best record of breaking into valuable Egyptian property.
Once inside the building it was clear that the former owner had done his best to get his own back at the demanding creditors. Many of the portable fixtures had been removed. In the banqueting hall, the crystal chandelier had been taken down and replaced with a plastic ceiling rose (no bulb); the gold taps on the bath in the Presidential Suite had been removed and replaced with some cheap chrome plated ones from B&Q; and in the cellars, the top of the range electrical torture equipment which had been installed by the CIA in the 1980's had been taken and replaced by a cheap Halfords car battery and some jump leads.
But the problems were not confined to the stolen fixtures. The floors were littered with huge numbers of empty or leaking bottles of 'Just for Men', and someone had even curled out a turd on the main landing as a parting insult to the new owners.
Nick Knowles and his team will have just 5 days to turn this wreck of a building into a home fit for an interim military government. Ordinarily this would be a mammoth task for the usual small team of builders, electricians and plasterers, but the BBC has agreed to allow the show's production team to draft in extra labour from among the 294 BBC News reporters and staff currently stationed in the country.