In Praise of “Homes Under the Hammer” #homesunderthehammer @TVMartinRoberts
Some things are inexplicably great – and “Homes under the Hammer” is one of them.
Our hosts, Martin and Lucy, visit vacant properties that are to be auctioned. We find out who buys them, what their plans are, and we see how it all turns out in the end.
There are so many elements of genius in this show:
The ‘tension’ music at the auction; the PUNS; the over-relevant soundtrack; the lovely profit margins; redemption of uninhabitable spaces; the way that I only have to wait fifteen minutes to see a transformation that took MONTHS or even YEARS; the fact that the show is so satisfying for nosy people like me while being totally formulaic and cheap to make….
I love the fact that so many people end up on the show because they watched the show. I love the fact that people can see past the detritus of past neglect to see the potential in sad and lonely spaces. I love the fact that the order in which the editors mix the three renovations per show mean that you can be trapped there for the full hour… (Don’t worry, I now record it so I can whizz forward and see how it turned out even quicker if I haven’t got time to watch the whole thing – I mean, who does?!)
Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention the classic title sequence! Those wee model houses, the smirking bank notes, the piles of pennies. On the one hand it looks cheap – but then, someone had to make all those we houses, and get those bank notes to smile, and do some clever camera work with those pennies. Love it.
Most of all I love Martin’s puns that are so … plentiful… And he has great hair. So does Lucy, come to think of it.
A winning formula, BBC. You make me have my elevensies at 10am…