Sorry, this may have already been covered, but I had to get it off my
What is the point of Better Homes with Carol Vorderman?
They take a house worth 120k and spend 25-30k on it. Then Carol stands
back in amazement as an Estate Agent tells her the house is now worth
Nothing in this show makes any bloody sense! The 2 houses are
competing against one another and the house that has increased in
value more wins, yet there is no budget limit at all. One house gets
the whole kitchen refitted, a new conservatory, decking and the whole
garden remodelled and the other house just gets a new bathroom. Guess
which one wins?
What a pile of crap.
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| Sorry, this may have already been covered, but I had to get it off my
| What is the point of Better Homes with Carol Vorderman?
| They take a house worth 120k and spend 25-30k on it. Then Carol stands
| back in amazement as an Estate Agent tells her the house is now worth
| 7k more???
| Nothing in this show makes any bloody sense! The 2 houses are
| competing against one another and the house that has increased in
| value more wins, yet there is no budget limit at all. One house gets
| the whole kitchen refitted, a new conservatory, decking and the whole
| garden remodelled and the other house just gets a new bathroom. Guess
| which one wins?
| What a pile of crap.
| <end of rant>
I'm amused that the decision about what to put into each house is
determined by which sponsor will give them somethign this week in return
for a banner ad across the lower third of the screen. Do restrictions on
product placement not apply to these programs?
The wage of sin is death, but after the government has taken its share
all that is left is a tired feeling.
| And it just goes to show how much 'tradesmen' over change you and
| I for the 5 minutes all these jobs take to do :)
Be fair, it takes almost twenty minutes to do a complete loft conversion
including PP and B Regs approval!
I think the idea is to use a "face" to sell TV no matter what. The
"idea" is to fill 24 hours of TV. Both the BBC and the others have
realised it can't all be done with news reviews and game shows.
The alternative is to show programmes but they cost money. Films
younger than 50 years old also cost, so bad haircut or not, it's a
face anyone can recognise and the same new same new.
As for tradesmen. The whole crew put in for whatever it takes when the
cameras are not rolling. If you used mdf in your own home to anything
like that extent (I have never seen the show but I do know the type)
you would lose amazing amounts of living space.
A 3/4 inch board all around the room on 2" battens takes up 6" length
and 6" breadth all around. The real alternatives are:
1. Stripping the old wall paper and rehanging new.
4. Get Cable or a DVD or a life or...
A lot of this psuedo-educational crap is primarily entertainment
dressed up in a way that people find interesting (home-making and
DIY) and viewers can easily convince themselves that the time
they are burning on it is in fact self-improvement like reading
an educational book.
It isn't. You may pick up the odd useful point but that isn't the
main idea and as a means of picking up valuable info it's
massively inefficient (in terms of gain per hours viewing).
These are just the new cookery programmes where Gary Rhodes pours
in another gallon of lard for your entertainment while you peck
at your TV dinner. It doesn't matter that if you ate that stuff
he's making it'd give you a coronary quicker than your staple
diet of microwave chips will, hardly anyone who watches these
shows actually does any cooking but they can justify dribbling
their lives away by thinking that they are learning cookery.
Vorderman should do a Delia and retire, or just stick to countdown.
The only speck of light on an otherwise bleak TV horizon is C4's "Other
I like the way they are invited in to film someones pride & joy, yet the
posh girl totally slags it off on voiceover.
I can't imagine the nation settling down to an evening in front of Norm.
| A lot of this psuedo-educational crap is primarily entertainment
| dressed up in a way that people find interesting (home-making and
| DIY) and viewers can easily convince themselves that the time
| they are burning on it is in fact self-improvement like reading
| an educational book.
| It isn't. You may pick up the odd useful point but that isn't the
| main idea and as a means of picking up valuable info it's
| massively inefficient (in terms of gain per hours viewing).
I can remember when gardening programmes would put plant names (in Latin,
that would be too elitist now) up on screen and talk about the right soil
type and sunlight etc.
Now it's all decking and water feechurs and the 4' high nursery-grown shrubs
delivered on trolleys are just there to fill the blank bits left over at the
You learn absolutely nothing about gardening.
Bob Flowerdew put it nicely on R4's Gardening World yesterday - they don't
do any gardening, simply makeovers. This is fine, perhaps, when you
first move in to a new house, but after that you'll need to maintain and
hopefully improve things.
*We have enough youth, how about a fountain of Smart?
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW 12
"stuart noble" wrote
| StealthUK wrote in message ...
| >What is the point of Better Homes with Carol Vorderman?
| What else is she going to do with her maths degree?
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Alleluiah, hear,hear! At last someone agrees with me because my wife
thinks the sun shines out of her backside!
I would like to kick her up the back side for her pathetic adverts designed
to increase the debt for people who can least afford it.
Did you apply to take part and were turned down - hence the green eyed
monster called envy?
I doubt that those that have taken part will agree with your point of view
as it certainly makes sense to them - they are having the work done :-)
As always, this type of "show" is only of interest to those interested in
that type of thing and besides, if ITV wishes to spend their money in this
way then surely that is up to them and their sponsors?
I am sure that if you feel that stongly about the program then you can
exercise your right to either press the off switch or press the button on
the remote control and change channels or go and do something else whilst
SWMBO watches it.
The answer is then.........don't buy the stuff from the sponsors.
With regards to the sponsorship - this is a way to lots of blatant and
subliminal advertising that makes you want to go out and spend your hard
earned cash on their products - and that is all sponsorship is - another
from of advertising.
Do you object to their advertising budgets which are probably umpteen times
more expensive than a straight sponsorship deal - and for which you
ultimately pay for in the price of the product that you buy.
Yes, I'm just bitter and twisted. It was late and I'd had a few drinks
when I posted this thread, but the truth must be told! :-)
Brian, the point I made was that this program makes no sense. Okay,
they can improve peoples' houses, there are plenty of programs where
they get work done at the program maker's expense, I'm not here crying
about them. Why mention the value of the home before and after if
you're not going to tell the viewer how much the bloody work cost!
Improving peoples' homes and pretending that fairies installed it all
at no cost is pathetic. Also, I just remembered in the very first
series the family whose home had increased in value more also got a
cash prize. So, the more money you had spent on your home the more
likely you were to win the extra money. This program should win a
prize for stupidity. Runner-up can be that other ITV turkey (I forget
the name) where they gave someone x amount of money to somebody to buy
a house from an auction, renovate it and then re-sell it through the
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