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HUTH - a complete day off institution
Homes Under the Hammer
Member Name: HelenDK
Homes Under the Hammer
Advantages: From auction to renovated, great television
Disadvantages: I can't bear to miss one on a day off alone
I am a shift worker, although my work now is far more office hours than ever. I still get a day off in the week when working the weekend about every 2 - 3 weeks. I don't actually watch any soaps, due to the kids after school activities and my own odd hours as well as general lack of interest. However I have a real fascination with any property related shows, this is heightened by recently finishing our second extension and having done extensive renovation to the house we live in. My husband would be described as "handy" and I make a great labourer, painters and general fetcher / carrier.
From all those home type shows which I love to watch, including Location Location Location, all of Beeny's shows, Grand Design, Georges amazing spaces, my favourite is by far Homes under the hammer (HUTH).
HUTH has been around since 2003, starring Lucy Alexander and Martin Roberts. The distinctive them tune / music score is often used in radio adverts for auction sites.
The show starts off often by Lucy or Martin having a look round a property, then we are whisked to the auction house and watch the property going "under the hammer", we then meet the buyers back at the house to hear their plans. The buyers vary from people buying their own home, a property to do up and rent / sell or property developers. I must admit to much preferring watching amateurs, especially those doing for the love of the property. Now this is the addictive bit of the show, we then have to wait till the end before returning, this means you HAVE to watch the whole show, there's no way you could leave, your hooked. So we watch the same routine with other properties before returning after a time unique to that project to see how they got on. Some return within a few months but I watched one last week that returned 9 years later (an old chapel building). We get to look at the before and after, see what their potential sale value would be or rental "yield". We hear about their traumas and what went well /badly. Throughout we get relevant to the buyer or situation cheesy music, so the pilot we would have "come fly with me" etc. The properties are a full range of terraced, semis, detached, flats, as well as more commercial units, they also go all over Britain.
I quite literally (sad I know) plan my day off round HUTH, school run, chores, I can even fit a grocery shop in and still be back in time for my hour long HUTH on BBC 1 at 10am. I can easily justify this as will save up my ironing with the knowledge of upcoming week day off = HUTH.
HUTH is a very basic format but it never fails to hook me in. Its definitely a 5 from me.
Summary: Strangly addictive property show