Thursday, 3 May 2012

Renovation TV and one-way traffic

I had an email yesterday from another TV company looking for 'wreck' renovators to appear on a new show. I get a lot of them.
Don't get me wrong, I'm more than happy to give every show that contacts me a mention because, at the end of the day, it's down to you guys out there whether you want to be on the telly but, I dunno, it all seems to be pretty one-way traffic from where I'm sitting.
I'll do the mention first...
New Channel 4 renovation series called ‘Beat My Build’. Alan wrote: "The idea behind the show is that we will be putting two renovation projects head to head to see who can add the most percentage value to their property. The winning project will walk away with £5,000 at the end of each episode."
If you're interested, contact or 0141 331 6051
Maybe it's me (I haven't had a TV in ten years and doubt I'll ever have one again) but putting two renovation projects head-to-head??? Why does there always have to be some added drama - the pretend competitiveness; the 'it's all going wrong' pre-ad break tension? What's wrong with 'here's two nice families taking on a tough job and doing their best, let's see what they can each do with £5k'? Like I said: it's me and it's why I don't bother with broadcast.
And while once-in-a-while I'll download a few episodes of Grand Designs and open a bottle, I do find myself thinking what a goldmine that brand has been for TalkBack and new owners FremantleMedia / RTL.
What would they all do without you?