Better Homes and Gardens (TV series)
- For the American magazine of the same name, see Better Homes and Gardens (magazine)
- For the American television series which uses some elements of the same format, see Better (TV series)
|Better Homes and Gardens|
|Presented by||Noni Hazlehurst (1995–2004)
Johanna Griggs (2005–)
|Opening theme||"Getting Better"|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||17|
|Executive producer(s)||Craig Walsh|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||Seven Network|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original run||1 February 1996– present|
Better Homes and Gardens is a multiple Logie Award winning Australian lifestyle television program which is broadcast on the Seven Network. The program covers a wide variety of lifestyle related topics and hobbies, offering advice and solutions including gardening, cooking, craft, pet care, home improvement and DIY as well as featuring celebrity guests.
Australian actress Noni Hazlehurst hosted the show during its premiere year in 1995 through to 2004. Her husband at the time, John Jarratt was also a presenter on the show. Former swimmer-turned-television presenter Johanna Griggs replaced Noni as host in 2005. The show also features pet advice from Dr. Harry Cooper, a popular TV vet, after his TV series, Harry's Practice, which also featured Dr. Katrina Warren and Dr. Chris Brown, was axed in 2003.
- Belinda Jeffrey (1995–2000)
- Maeve O'Meara (2000–2007)
- "Fast Ed" Ed Halmagyi (2004– )
- Karen Martini (2007– )
- Graham Ross (1995– )
- Linda Ross (1995– )
- Jason Hodges (2005– ) (Landscaping)
- Tony Fragar (1995–1996)
- Grahame Bond (1998–2002)
- Peter Coulqhoun (2003– )
- Noni Hazlehurst (1995)
- Fiona Connoly (1995–2004) (Craft)
- Sandy de Beyer (1996)
- Monica Trapaga (1997–2003)
- Gwen Jones Palmer (2004)
- Lissanne Oliver (2005)
- Tara Dennis (2006– )
Better Living (consumer advice)
- Noni Hazlehurst (1995–1997)
- Pete Blasina (1995– )
The program originally aired on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm. at ran back to back with The Great Outdoors until the travel program was moved to Mondays early in the 2000s. It then aired before Room For Improvement, which was hosted by then-DIY presenter Scott McGregor. Better Homes was moved to Saturday nights at 7.30 pm in 2004, before being shifted to 6.30pm. Both timeslots were reportedly disastrous for ratings and the show struggled immensely against Australian rules football on other networks. In 2005, it was shifted to 7:30pm on Friday nights, where it has enjoyed ratings success since. It is now the longest-running Australian TV lifestyle program and the highest rating show on Australian TV. It was often among the top 10 rating programs in Australia during the 1990s, sometimes with audiences in excess of two million.
From 2007 until 2011, the Seven Network showed Better Homes and Gardens at 7:30 pm., prior to its coverage of Friday Night Football starting at 8:30 pm. This was a very successful timeslot for the show, but the scheduling was unpopular amongst football fans on the east coast, because it meant that the football was shown on a one-hour delayed telecast (except for matches in Perth, which were live due to the time difference). Sports fans and media continually called for Seven to shift Better Homes and Gardens and show the football live, but Seven preferred to leave the show in its top-rating timeslot, moving it only for particularly large matches. Better Homes and Gardens was forced into a new timeslot at the start of the 2012 AFL season, as the new AFL Broadcast Rights deal forced Seven to show the football live on Friday nights. Better Homes now airs in AFL dominant states during the AFL season on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm (and occasionally at 7:30 pm Wednesday nights when an AFL match is scheduled on a Thursday night). For NRL dominant states, it will continue to air at 7:30 pm Friday nights. AFL states also revert to this timeslot during the AFL off-season.
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