To Buy or Not to Buy (2003– )

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Series cast summary:
 Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Ed Hall ...
 Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 2008)
David Leslie ...
 Pedestrian (1 episode, 2008)
Haydn Smith ...
 Contestant (1 episode, 2008)


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29 September 2003 (UK)  »

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Tat but at least it knows its target audience
6 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The only thing rising faster than UK property prices over the last few years is the hours of programming devoted to reality shows about buying or doing up homes. I was ill a few days and genuinely unable to get the energy to watch anything that required much thought so I ended up slumped in front of BBC daytime television watching this. The gimmick here is that individuals, couples, friends looking to buy a property hand the task over to the presenters who then set up three viewings on properties in the area selected and within the price ranges. As the potential buyers view the property, the presenters listen into their comments on earphones before entering the house to tackle the negative points raised. This is followed by a "guess the price" moment before moving on. When one of the three is selected, the buyers have the chance to "try" the property "before they buy" with the test drive.

The idea is basic and you really need to be interested in people buying houses – which, to be honest, is threatening to replace the weather as the main topic of casual discussion in the UK. However the appeal of the show is just looking around houses for sale and going "oooh" or "urgh" with the viewers themselves. As such I found it slightly engaging as daytime tat but struggled to work out why it has run for years (aside from being easy and cheap filler). The presenters know this and they work every comment for entertainment value. They ham it up like crazy in that sort of cheerful daytime television way that is rather inane and always makes me feel sorry for them because of how desperate and hard working they are against all the odds. They are still rubbish though! Overall this is just what you expect it to be given its scheduled running time at like 9am on weekdays. It is a very basic affair and the presenters are dieing trying to make it work – which they really struggle to do when they get dull buyers handed to them. Tat then, but at least it knows its target audience.

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