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      08.06.2010 15:38
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      A FUN MAKEOVER WHICH TAKES PLACE IN SIXTY MINUTES.

      As I work from home, I sometimes have the television on in the background. Whilst some programmes are mind numbingly boring and worthy of the daytime drivle title. However there is one show, that I find very intresting and that is 60 minute makeover.

      This show which is shown weekdays on Itv1. Is has been running for quite a few years. Whilst the presenting format has changed dramatically of late. The general plot of the show is exactly the same. The remit of the show is that a designer will visit the home of the unsuspecting owner. The family or friends will have written in asking for a makeover. The designer, along with the army of decorators that come with them, then enter the house and design a few of the rooms. But the thing that makes this show different is that all this makeover is completed within 60 seconds.

      There is always a heartwarming story which helps make the show a lot more pleasing. Usually the unsuspecting owner has overcome a huge obsticle in their life such as illness or bereavement. This story will usually be discussed at the beginning of the show. I think this helps you build up a picture of the personality of the person in your mind which makes you able to relate more to the show.

      Initially in the first series, the show was presented by Claire Sweeney, who would try and keep everything in order and viewers up to speed regarding what was going on. She was later presented by Terri Dwyer. I have to say that I thought both were way out of their comfort zones when presenting these shows and really gave the show an unproffesional and irritating element. Both were obsessed with the time keeping whistle and more intrested in keeping the paint of their new jimmy choos instead of the interior design of some random person's house. I felt it made the show seem cold and stuffy.

      However the presenting situation has now changed. Now the show is presented daily by whoever is the designer for that day. They have got some more well known designers on board such as Linda Barker and Colin and Justin. I feel that because these presenters are so passionate about the designing, they now give the show a more down to earth and compassionate show.

      There are not many design shows I would let in my home. But I have to say that the jobs these guys do in an hour is amazing. However I do wonder what the workmanship is like when inspected closely. In all fairness, all the interior designs used are sublime. There is never any expense spared. The magic that they perform in transforming these tired houses into stunning showroom esque homes is incredible.

      I have taken more than a few ideas of sixty minute makeover. I love interior design and would love to be an interior designer. I also love art and so I find that I get a lot of inspiration from watching ideas that have been effective on this show. I remember when this show first come out, they were putting bold wallpaper on one feature wall. I loved this and had it done in my bedroom. I would never of done this had I not seen the show. It just gives you inspiration to be a lot more creative within the home.

      The downpoint of this show is the madness and mayhem which takes place. I always find half way through the show I get a headache from all the chaos that is taking place. The designer gets more and more stressed and everyone ends up shouting orders. It does start to drive me crazy. But I suppose if all this decorating is being done in sixty minutes then you can expect some degree of mayhem.

      I have been known on occasion to sky plus this show. The reason being is that I love the beginning when they are interviewing the family and I love the end when they suprise the home owner and reveal the made over rooms. But if Im honest the middle section of the show is quite boring. Just the designer running around getting stressed beyond belief.

      The end section of the show though is brilliant. I love to see the unsuspecting home owner's face when they realsie they have been made over. I must admit I have often shed a tear over the emotional stories. It certainly has a warm fuzzy feel good factor. When the home owner is shown around the made over rooms it is really excellent to see what the designers have achieved. This is made even more entertaining when seeing the reactions of the family.

      I do often get suspitious as to the authenticity of this hour business though. I wonder if everything actually does get done in an hour. It seems a bit of a tall order to me. I have also yet to see a show where the home owner doesn't like a particular room. They are always so pleased. I wonder how much of this is edited as there must be sometimes when a homeowner doesn't like the colour or fabric in a room. I think we should get to see this in order to get a more honest perspective of the show.

      All in all I would recommend watching this show if you have an hour to spare. It is not the best show in the world. It is rather cheap in it's production. However it's informal and simple format is what tends to make this show more appealing.

      For home ideas and colour inspiration I would certainly advise you to watch these shows. These designers have really got their fingers on the pulse of what is bang on trend in relation to interior design. I just wish someone would hide the time keeping whistle. And I won't say where Id like them to hide it!!!!!

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      09.04.2010 08:39
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      The programme called 60 minute makeover is a decorating and DIY show that makes over three rooms of a house in 60 minutes.

      The person whose home it is is sent out for the day oblivious to the fact that it will be competely transformed when they come home. Friends or family have nominated them for the show and these friends or family usually help out with some form of decorating.

      There is a different designer each show to decide what they are going to do and then they are allowed to have time to prepare the place like removing fixtures and fittings and move out furniture, may be measure up for fitted cabinets or things like this so that it is all ready to go. Then whenthe time starts a whistle is blown and the team have 60 minutes to complete the makeover.

      They have a team of workers in each room so they can get the work done quicker. At the half way point they blow the whistle and have a break then carry on again. Sometimes, like today, they have things go wrong that cant be helped. Today they broke a glass vase/lamp right near the finish and it was full of tinted water which went all over the new carpet and down the sofa and made quite a mess bu they just had to clean it up and carry on.

      I like watching the show as it gives you some good ideas of what you can do in your own home. It also gives you hints on how to colour the rooms and what goes together and how to get all the accessories to go with the room to make it look finished. Also you can watch how they do things and it gives you an insight as to how to do the same kind of thing yourself.

      At the end of the show when they have dressed all the rooms and everyone has left they wait outside for the unsuspectiing person to arrive home and you can see their surprise at finding their homes transformed. The rooms are all lovely and look so nice the way they get them set out.

      If you are after ideas on how to vamp up your romms then this programme is for you.

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        09.02.2010 14:38
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        fairly entertaining

        This programme has been aired for quite a long time, 2004 to be exact. I actually have seen it with Its former TV host Claire Sweeney & Terri Dwyer. Now it only appear to be introduced by a voice over presenter and guest interior designer. The idea of the programme is to give a house makeover in just 60 minutes. They only have a whole hour to redesign and work on it. Quite cheeky and impossible to do but that's how the programme works.

        MAKEOVER
        To be part of the programme, Someone like family or friends have to be nominated by anyone they knew. The person who make the nomination will have to decide and give introduction on what they prefer. Then the householders are also allowed to pop stickers on some items they want to keep and the rest is up to the interior designer. The owner itself don't have any say at all. A high risk that they are all willing to take. The house is then invaded by 20 or more decorators, carpenters, electricians and cleaners. Those people are about to help out in different ways to cope up with the assignment of redesigning the house. Then finally, the house is presented to the owner, luckily in most cases they seem to be pleased. But I remember watching it one time when the house owner didn't like the decor and it was pretty obvious in his face reaction, he was fuming and not very happy at all. I wonder what happen next off cam. Well, that's the risk of it, really...

        DOWNSIDE
        I'm still wondering how honest the homeowner reacts, because they seem to be delighted most of the time even if the result doesn't seem to be good or perfect. As I also imagine how they will react to the quality of work when we can't hide the fact that the quality is at stake since it's done in a very rush manner. There's probably something need to be fix for sure.

        OPINION
        It's quite a fascinating show especially when the outcome turns to be really good with excellent decoration, brand new designs and ideas. The programme is easy to watch and understand, quite enjoying when your passing the time. The designs are often very different, everyone seem to put a lot of effort and work together to finish the house in a short period of time but I have to say that it's fun to watch them working as they all go along with the time they have. It's one of those series that I consider to be entertaining but I wouldn't mind if I missed a viewing. Overall, it's an exciting but chaotic programme with great ideas and a very high risk to take.

        Thank you for reading ;-D

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          06.02.2010 15:40
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          worth watching

          Whilst channel-hopping on Sky I found '60 minute makeover' which surprised me because I expected to see a person, rather than a house being made-over!

          It's one of those series that I consider to be fairly entertaining but wouldn't be too upset if I missed a viewing now & again. I believe it's been aired since 2004 & was originally fronted by Claire Sweeney (oh, I miss Brookside) & now by Terri Dwyer.

          The idea is to makeover 4 rooms (at least in the programmes I've watched) in a house in 60 minutes. The house (& owners) have been nominated by friends/ family as being in need of a re-vamp. The householders are allowed to pop stickers on the items they insist on keeping whilst the rest is up to the 20 or so decorators, carpenters, electricians, joiners, cleaners etc

          Whilst being filmed elsewhere & well out of the way the work begins & whilst we see them occasionally throughout the programme they're mainly far more interesting when allowed back home to see the finished results.

          I'm not sure how much the budget is but I seem to remember reading it was around the £10 to £15,000 mark which excludes labour costs but includes furniture, kitchen appliances, fixtures, fittings, painting & decorating.

          More often than not the projects seem to get finished on time but it can get rather stressful watching & wondering. There's usually very little space for the workmen/women & more often than not furniture doesn't seem to fit through the doors - just like real life - & it's a shame if you miss the end of the programme & see the look on the inhabitants' faces.

          I quite like this series as it's easy to watch & I don't really have to concentrate. I'm not sure I'd like to be nominated though as tastes have changed since 1984 & I'd rather just win the furniture, carpets & decorating stuff thankyou very much!

          I'd also love to closely inspect the workmanship as it's hard to imagine that everything could be perfect after just 60 minutes PLUS I'd love to view any outakes as I'm sure they'd be really entertaining.

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            22.10.2009 15:44
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            Crazy TV makeover show.

            Having been off sick from work recently and stuck in front of daytime TV unable to move I flicked the remote onto a channel aclled sixty minute makeover to see what it was about.

            At first I assumed it must be a cosmetics programme, as I thought there was no way a house can be decorated in sixty minutes, but no, I was wrong, this is a programme whereby a room of a house is made over in 60 minutes, yes thats right, a whole hour!

            To be on the programme you have to be nominated by someone. On the few I have seen it is always someone down on their luck, just like most reality TV shows....

            The person who nominated them walks around the house with the makeover team giving an introduction to what they would like and what they wouldnt. The person whose house it is has no say in this process which makes it crazy, but essentially better viewing as the risk of whether they will like it or not is higher.

            The house is then besieged upon by what seems like hundreds of people all about to help out in a different way. They all seem to fit into tiny rooms, and paint or wall paper, or lie carpets or put new furnirture in. It is debatable as to whether this really only takes 60 minutes or not, but you have to believe that to go along in the fun!

            Afterwards the house is presented to the owner and in the ones I have seen they always look pleased, I am sure that in some they must not be pleased though! The designs are often very different from what was there originally so the risk is very high!

            This is an exciting chaotic programme which has you glued to see if the person will like it or not. Its hard to believe it really only takes 60 minutes, but if you ignore that its a nice programme.

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            22.10.2009 15:33
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            It's alright but it wont change your life!

            I work part time from home and have 2 small children too so am at home most of the time, and occassionally when I cant be bothered to turn over the channel I get stuck with "60 Minute Makeover" I have Sky Plus with all the channels too but sometimes I just settle for this, as its easy viewing while writing my reviews or looking after the kids. It's something you dont have to concentrate on.

            ***What Happens?***

            Normally a family member will write into 60 Minute Makeover and ask for the makeover team to come in and decorate, but get this! In just 60 minutes! Now you can imagine the chaos.

            The people that are generally chosen to get the makeover are people that have had bad things happen to them in the past or have been very supportive to the person that is nominating them.

            Now its all a bit of a suprise, I dont know how they do it, but the persons who house it is goes out, they must get distracted or something as they are not there when all the makeover team come into the house.

            The family members walk around with the designers and makeover team and they talk about the house, what styles the person likes and what they dont, and they stick KEEP stickers on the items they want to keep.

            ***Who are the makeover team?***

            Colin & Justin - These are very popular and have seen them on tv many times before, they are property and interior designers and have also had there own show before called " Million Pound Property Experiment".

            Kahryn Rayward - Interior Designer

            John Amabile -Designer

            Hannah Sandling - I reconise her and she has been on various shows, seems quite posh and is a presenter and stylist in fashion.

            Derek Taylor - MD of Ishoka

            Richard Randall - Interior Designer

            Ann Hazel - Designer

            Scott Waldron - Interior Designer

            Souki Hildreth - Designer who features alot of glamour.

            Linda Barker - Sure you have heard of her before!

            They also have a handy team of around 30-40 people that are in the house at one time.

            I must say I do prefer it now Colin & Justin are presenting the show, as it use to be Terri Dywer and although she is ok, she is a little annoying at times. for me anyway!

            So they have 60 minutes to do the whole house over, now I think they must have longer then an hour to make over all these rooms and I bet on closer inspection they hide alot of there inperfections.

            They tend to put new wallpaper up, paint the walls and put carpet down. They also put up pictures and furniture. What I like about this is, they use really high quality items so no cheap stuff from ikea! Well I have never seen any on this programme.

            ***After 60 Minutes***

            They tend to rush all the way through the 60 minutes, I find it very stressful to watch as there is alot of shouting and the house is crowded and arghhhh!

            They seem to manage it anyway in 60 minutes, well they claim too ( I think they edit it too look like it was an hour when in fact it could have been a whole day!

            So the person comes back, and is greeted by all these people outside there home, now if this was me I would be well excited, as it costs alot of money to do even one room up let alone a whole house.

            ***How the houses look***

            They look great in most cases, I mean it all depends on your style, but very bright and eye catching and I have never seen anyone who has been distraught with anything they have done.

            However on one episode I was watching they made it over but when she walked in there was no Tv, you could see the look on her face, proberly wondering what they had done to it!

            Also they dont always think positive, by putting a light coloured carpet in a living room when you have toddlers, I mean come on! It is not going to work! My carpet is brown and i chose that colour for a reason not because it was my favourite colour but I knew a light coloured carpet would be wrecked.

            ***Overall***

            There is a reason why day time tv is so rubbish, because most people are out at work, but because I work from home I get chance to watch programmes like these, although I dont feel they offer me much entertainment and I would not Sky Plus this, It's alright to watch in the background and a little less annoying then Cbeebies!

            This show is on every week day at 2pm on ITV.

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              17.10.2009 18:02
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              Some of the makeovers are hilariously bad, well worth a watch

              I have had the priveledge of a weeks holiday from work last week so took my time to....catch up on daytime telly! You all know from all the other reviews what it's about so will just put in my tuppence worth.

              Very occasionally, they do a lovely job of the makeovers on this programme. Especially Colin and Justin, they do my favourite makeovers. However most of the time the quality or design has just been disgusting, I refer to an oldish one I saw on Living the other day and they started painting the kitchen red, realised it was an horrendous job, got some more red to paint over the original red and left the bottle green tiles all the way around the kitchen, so signal red walls and bottle green tiling. And a huge silver american style fridge. They pulled out all the old mahogany furniture, then replaced it with...more mahogany furniture. Which is fine, I like wood of all sorts but why put the same style of stuff back in! I would have been fuming but they seemed to love it.

              On the more recent programmes, some have been ok and some laughable, I like to play a game of 'spot the paint splodge' as they seem to like not finishing stuff off very well, it does make you laugh some of the makeovers they do though, yet I have never once seen a cross or upset homeowner, they must be made of steel cos surely not everyone would have appreciated the fact that someone has just come in to their pride and joy and made it unrecognsable.

              A lot of the people whos houses are made over really deserve it though, but personally I would be devastated at having my decor chaned, not being able to choose the style or colours sounds like my worst nightmare!!

              It does make for good viewing though, it's not a bad programme at all and Terri Dwyer is a lovely host.

              Now for the question = yes I do think they do it in 60 minutes :)

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                03.09.2009 14:35
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                There are better home makeover shows to watch.

                60 Minute Makeover is the surprise home makeover show which has been on our screens for many years now. It used to be presented by Claire Sweeney but is now fronted by Terri Dwyer. It is shown on ITV throughout different times of the year, its most recent time slot was 2pm but it is often repeated, usually when This Morning is off air.

                The show involves giving somebody a house makeover in just 60 minutes. It is normally four rooms in the house and this is done as a surprise for the houseowner.

                The show begins with Terri Dwyer and a designer being shown around a house by whoever is surprising the homeowner, this is usually a friend or a family member. They go through all the rooms with 'keep me' stickers, which are put on items to be be kept. They will also talk about what design, colours they may like or dislike in order to give the designer a better idea of how to decorate. After this the makeover will begin with Terri Dwyer blowing a whistle, starting the 60 minute countdown.

                A large team of painters, decorators, joiners etc. will then start the makeover, I would say there is between 20 and 30 people doing the makeover under the instruction of the designer.

                At the start of the makeover the house has been totally prepared, all the furniture, fixtures and fittings have all been removed. It is basically an empty shell waiting to be painted and filled with furniture.

                The decorators get a break after 30 minutes while Terri and the designer evaluate the progress this if followed by a pep talk. We then watch as they struggle to finish within the last 30 minutes.
                When Terri blows her whistle it is time up and I must admit most of the time they have done everything. Only a few occassions have I seen it not finished.

                It really is quite amazing how they manage to do it all in just 60 minutes, they even do kitchens and bathrooms. However there is an awful lot of people take part and a lot planning goes into this.
                I would love to see one up close and inspect the quality because I don't think it would be good, especially the cutting in on the paint work. I know they are experts but how much care and attention can be put in, in just 60 minutes.

                Another thing I am sceptical of is that it is a surprise. The people who are being surprised are always out on a day trip being filmed with a camcorder, I am sure they are in on it.

                At the end of the show we get to see a before and after look of how the house looks and more often than not the houses look really nice. Some of the designers are better than others though, I suppose it is just individual taste.

                It always says at the end how much the makeover cost, excluding labour, this figure is always between £15,000 and £20,000. So overall I think whatever the quality of the decorating may be you are still getting thousands of pounds worth of new furniture for your house.

                Not a bad show but has been on for many years now and I think the concept is getting a bit boring.

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                  26.08.2009 17:09
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                  Ok is there is nothing else on TV

                  60 Minute Makeover is another one of those programmes makeover programmes that are there to fill in either the morning or afternoon schedule.

                  The programme started in 2004 and was originally presented by Claire Sweeney for the first three series before she was replaced by Terri Dwyer for the last two series.

                  In the first three series of the programme that featured Sweeney, the people that are having the house decorated know that the team are in the house, but were kept out of the way of the decorating team until the makeover was completed. Now in the last two series, while Dwyer has presented the programme, the format has changed, as it is now a surprise make over.

                  With Sweeney the audience was introduced to the people whose house was being decorated and the designer would go to the house before the makeover was to begin, but in the new format, we are not shown the designer going to the house before hand, but we are told why the house is being redecorated.

                  The show states that all work is completed within the 60 minutes (although Harry Hill points out in his TV Burp that the actual show is 46 minutes because of the adverts), but we are shown the old items being removed form the house before the clock begins, so it is not really 60 minutes and there are times when the transformation is not completed in time. In the new format, at least the show is honest and show when the transformation is not complete and shows in a speeded up way how they finish. But in the first three series you can plainly see that they have not finished but claim to be finished; you can also see the disappointment on the owner's faces when they see that the programme has failed to finish the makeover in the 60 minutes.

                  One problem that I have with the show is how honest it is with the viewers, as you can see items of furniture that is being built and other items that would normally take more than the allocated 60 minute to complete, but somehow compete it in the time. This is especially true when outside help is brought in to do a specialised job, and the state that it would normally take a day to complete but somehow do. Either the workmen are slow in doing their job and just rip us off in real life for the amount of time that it really takes or are doing a shoddy job.

                  This brings up another concern, the quality of the makeover. As during the programme you can clearly see that the quality is not always the highest. Such as when a person is wallpapering, you can see air bubbles underneath the wall paper, or even sometimes the walls have become blotchy.

                  In terms of the presenting of the show, really it could be done by any person that can be recognised as being on TV before. When Sweeney presented the programme she had done it in a way that she just stood back and watched the other do all the work. While Dwyer is more hands on in the way that she presents. In terms of who I would prefer to present the programme, I prefer Dwyer's style as she is more involved.

                  On the programme there are a number of designers on the programme, some have only appeared on the programme a couple of times, while others have are regularly on the programme. Some of the designs of the houses that transformed are extreme to say the least, and at times I when the paint starts to go on the walls I think that would not work, but when it is finished properly it actually looks ok.

                  Overall the programme is not too bad when compared to other programmes, as it actually gives you ideas instead of the bland normal colours. Although if they did do my house I would wonder about the quality of finish of the house at the end.

                  The programme can be found in ITV 1 and Living TV.

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                    05.08.2009 14:32
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                    Great show and great ideas with a happy ending

                    60 minute makeover is a home makeover show, that makes over specific rooms that need help in 60 minutes for people who have been nominated by friends or family.

                    Usually the homeowner has been going through a tough patch or has just been a great friend and this is the way of thanking them that their friend/family member has chosen.

                    The homeowner has no idea and comes home to find a huge team of helpers outside their house, cameras, friends and family and usually a huge skip. It's funny to see the sock on peoples faces.

                    Overall it is a humerous show that is presented by Terri Dwyer(ex hollyoaks actress)
                    It amazes me still to this day how they get it all done in time but they somehow do!
                    The rooms in the house that they are getting done get designed by one of the shows interior designers that are all great my favourite is John Amarbelay (*not too sure how to spell it, but thats how it is pronounced hehe)
                    The rooms also get kitted out with lots of new furniture, TVs and other gadgets for free! so even if the person hates the design they don't go empty handed.

                    It's currently on ITV1 daily at 11.30 and lasts 30 mins.

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                    20.07.2009 13:26

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                    mediocca programme

                    60 minut make over, what a load of errrr rubbish. Although I still cant help myself from watching it. I know of people who know people that have had them at their house. The lady actually loved the decor IDEAS but when she looked close it was like a television set, everything was practically placed up, are not given with painting and apparently if there is a big job that needs to be done properly then they go round again to fix it properly, meaning that it is not done in 60 minutes at all. You can tell it is not done in 60 minutes in the first place.
                    I do love it when the person looks really happy. that is the best things about this programme is the feel good factor. However, I do think that a small number of people know that their house is being raided by the 60 minute make over team, I infact believe that they wanted them in. You can tell by the bad acting. Most of them are genuine though and thats the best ones. But you cant make good TV without a few things kept from the public. They always make the rooms look so much better, even if i dont like everything they do its always better than before. It gives me some house ideas too.

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                    18.06.2009 15:31

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                    Good to watch now and again to pass the time.

                    60 minute makeover is the ultimate of day time tv. This program is ok to watch now and again but it is currently being showed every week day on ITV at 2pm. Terry Dywer presents this home makeover program where a team of decorators, attempt to decorate 3/4 rooms of someones home in 60 minutes. Although the show is on for 60 minutes you actually see less than 30 minutes of the makeover. The first section of the show focuses on meeting a family member or friend of the home owner. The home owners are always unaware that their home is going to be completely changed and are ususlly out for the day. The next two sections of the program include the actual makeover. With ads in between you see relatively little of the makeover. The last section of the show is where the home owner arrives back to their home and is shown around their new and greatly improved abode. Terry Dywer brings a breath of fresh air to our screens with her enthusiasm of the makeover. Overall this programe has a good concept but can be a bit of the same thing if you watch it daily.

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                    26.05.2009 17:15
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                    Fills an hour

                    60 minute makeover is the latest in a long line of "home improvement" shows that has evolved since the 90s.
                    It follows the basic premise of this type of show, but the difference is that the owner is unsuspecting and apparently has no idea that their house is being "done up".

                    The owner is usually duped into taking a day out somewhere, where they are suspiciously filmed by a family member, talking about how they would love to have their house made over.

                    Meanwhile, Terri Dwyer is back at their house with a gang of builders and camp designers who have spent a bucket load of money on the makover.
                    The makoever is said to be completed in 60 minutes and consists of bubbly wallpaper being slapped on rough walls, paint slopped all over the place and a widescreen tv being screwed to the wall. The level of craftsmanship does not appear to be too high as things are bodged together in an hour.

                    The majority of shows I have seen, leave the house looking improved, but gawdy and impractical.

                    Craig from big brother usually makes something out of MDF, and a designer lobs in some scatter cushions and a throw.

                    What really amazes me about this show is the end where they tell you that the makeover, excluding labour cost £25,000!

                    Daytime TV will always be filled with programmes such as this, but really, what is next?
                    60 second makoever? featuring a can of petrol and a match?

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                    29.04.2009 18:28
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                    A great interior design show

                    60 minute make-over has just started a new series on ITV1. I'm watching it (I sky plussed it earlier) as I write this review.

                    I've always been a fan of this kind of programme, I miss Changing Rooms sooo much!


                    Claire Sweeney used to present 60 minute makeover and I was never very keen on her but now it's Terry Dwyer and she's much better!

                    You can write into the show to nominate someone you think needs and deserves a house makeover, I myself would be insulted if someone nominated me lol. There are usually sob stories to accompany the house being made over, people recovering from illness or with disabled children; the receivers of the make-over are always worthy of it.

                    The person who is nominated is whisked away by another of their friends or family for a nice day out, they are kept in the dark about the makeover and only return home after it is completed. It's great to see their reactions to the lovely makeover their house has undergone in their absence.

                    Whoever wrote into the show plays a part in the makeover too, usually helping with the simpler jobs like painting. Often they have to create a 'piece of art' that is personal to the makeover receiver!


                    As the name suggests the team have just 60 minutes to makeover 4 rooms of a house. Before the time starts they are allowed to rip up carpets and take big things like cupboards out.

                    An interior designer- there are a fair few that swap about but my favourites are John Amabile and Richard Randall, works with the '60MM team' of around 30 handymen and women!
                    The designer decides on the themes and colour schemes for the rooms, I guess they do this before the program as they obviously need to buy furniture, paint etc.

                    The team is huge and that's the only way they could everything done in such a short space of time I guess, there are bodies bustling around everywhere. In the team there is every kind of handyman you could imagine; carpet fitters, kitchen fitters, decorators, carpenters, plumbers, plasterers....

                    For the rest of the show the designer wanders around with Terry checking everyone is busy and doing their job and also telling us (the viewers) what is going on and their plans for the rooms.

                    After 30 minutes everyone stops and has a 5 minute break then carries on for the last 30 minutes.

                    The last minute is always a countdown and everyone is nervous they won't finish but miraculously 9 times out of 10 everything is completed on time within the 60 minutes!

                    At the end of the show Terry shows the unsuspecting owner of the house around the made-over rooms.

                    They then tell us how much the makeover is worth and it's usually around 20-30K, they never scrimp on anything, No IKEA for the 60 minute makeover team!!


                    It does seem impossible how they can do everything in 30 minutes, I don't understand how they manage to plaster and paint within 1 hour and my dad reckons it's a scam!lol.

                    Whether it is all done in 60 minutes or not it's still great viewing though I could never afford anything they use I still like to watch for ideas.

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                      24.04.2009 15:58
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                      Once you've seen one, you've seen them all...

                      This is a typical 'day time' telelvevision show that's on on Channel 3 every weekday currently 2pm until 3pm.

                      The clue is in the name in what this programmes about. A professional team of upto 100 people have an hour to make over around 3 or 4 rooms.

                      The usual 'surprise' routine is applied where a family member takes out the home owner for the day to a spa or the zoo or somewhere along those lines. The house is then cleared of furniture, walls stripped, preprepared etc. The team then move in with a designer barking orders for a mad rush of jobs to be completed. It used to be Claire Sweeney who hosted the show but in her place is a Terri Dwyer. She is equally as boring and she tries to get everyone to hurry and does count downs.

                      After all the advert brakes the last 10 minutes or so is when the final countdown happens when most of te time the make over is completed. The odd time I've seen them not finish it in time so they get an extra amount of time. It's not stated how much.

                      Then the home owner is driven down the road towards the house with everyone stood outside cheering, terribly clichéd. First of all they are shocked and confused then the predictably 'oh my gosh isn't it lovely' starts. I have failed to see an episode where a single negative is mentioned even though most of the designs are quite bright and bold and obviously not to everyone's taste.

                      The rooms do look like they are complete but I would bet close up the standard is very poor, although you obviously don't see this.

                      All in all I avoid this programme but if it's a choice between this and Diagnois Murder on BBC1 this wins.

                      I would'nt reccomend it, it's very fake and patrronising to the viewers and the home owners who have to go along with routine.

                      Once you've seen one, you've seen them all...

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                      The makeover team has 60 minutes to redecorate 4 rooms for a surprised homeowner or resident.