Grand Designs Bingo: Calling ‘House’ for a full card
We all love a bit of Grand Designs Bingo. So get your dabbers ready, and let's check these super fans' cards
Spotting the Grand Designs clichés in each new episode, then calling them out on social media – or just in your own front room – is a favourite game of GD fans. Grand Designs Bingo has become an essential accompaniment to the show for many. In fact, the unofficial companion activity to the programme has proved so enduringly popular that GD Bingo cards are now used by Channel 4 as adverts to promote the show.
You can tell a lot about a Grand Designs watcher from the tone of their homemade bingo card. Some are a bit chippy (no pun intended). Others just affectionate and amusing.
— Paul Dunphy Esquire. 🏳️🌈 (@pauldunphy) September 27, 2017
— surreyspinster (@surreyspinster) September 19, 2018
“Kevin wears a hard hat”…
— David Barwise (@djbarwise) October 11, 2017
— Dr Alison Crutchley 🌈 (@accidentobizaro) September 19, 2015
— Andrew Frayn (@afrayn) September 10, 2020
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— Steve Wilkinson (@woodbridgevicar) October 5, 2016
Of course, Britain being Britain, lots of people play the drinking-game version that involves taking a swig every time a box is ticked…
— Andrew (@Newt32) October 2, 2012
Here’s another set of rules for the alcoholic version. Be warned though, because rules dictate you must drink each time each one of the very long list of very probable Grand Designs scenarios arises, you’re likely to end up pretty wasted…
There’s even an urban myth that Kevin McCloud once deliberately filled an episode with as many Grand Designs Bingo hits as possible in order to get viewers at home who were playing the drinking version thoroughly drunk.
— Ciarán Heeney (@SuperiorTriplet) October 9, 2019
Grand designs is on – lets play the ‘grand designs drinking bingo’ game! pic.twitter.com/4yF4GysLgX
— Nick Spall (@nsrestorations) July 21, 2014
The game appears to have originated on what was then Twitter more than a decade ago. The fact that people are still playing along so enthusiastically speaks volumes about the affection in which Kevin and the show are held by the British public. You can download a Grand Designs bingo card from Etsy. And even buy a greetings card with one on.
So eyes down, turn on Grand Designs, and when you get a full card, just be sure to shout ‘House!’ not ‘Bingo!’