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Not Great, Just Too Repetitive
18 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

TBONTB - A couple of presenters choose three houses to show someone struggling to find their dream home.

As daytime television goes this is not the worst, but nor is it worthy of any real praise. It serves mostly as a way of people to get themselves on television, as very few of the prospective buyers seem very interested and just find rather pedantic flaws in every house they are shown. It doesn't help that they usually have a pathetically small budget of around £100,000 (when the average house price in the UK is now over £200,000) and they always have an ideal that is well out of their price range. Nor are they ever willing to compromise much on any of their requirements so they usually turn all three down. Some of them claim to be downsizing then moan constantly about a prospective house having 'only' eight bedrooms.

The presenters do their best to try and enliven the show, but it is tough, and it usually descends to childishly insulting each other over their dress sense, height or "the house I picked was much better than yours." "Oh no it wasn't." "Oh yes it was..." etc. etc. This gets worse when you combine Simon Rimmer with Sarah Walker as she only seems to pick houses she likes rather than following the wants of the prospective buyers, and he is just so incredibly smug the whole time it is painful.

As to original programming, there is precious little difference between each episode and the ones they show are very often repeats anyway (not that you'd notice). The BBC would probably be better off showing quality repeats during the day - very few people these days do not have some sort of recorder - which would free up the evening schedules for new shows instead of old episodes of "Only Fools and Horses" and "Open all Hours." Still better than the even more annoyingly repetitive "Homes under the Hammer" though.

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