Homes Under the Hammer
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|Homes Under the Hammer|
Homes Under the Hammer intro.
|Created by||Melanie Eriksen|
|Presented by||Current presenters:
Marc Woodward (series 3)
Jasmine Birtles (series 3)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||15|
|No. of episodes||635 (as of 2 March 2012[update])|
|Running time||30 & 60 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Picture format||576i 16:9 (SDTV)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
|Original airing||May 2003-present|
Homes Under the Hammer is a BBC One morning television series which has been running since 2003. Its main presenters are Lucy Alexander and Martin Roberts, although in series three Marc Woodward and Jasmine Birtles alternated presenting duties with Alexander and Roberts. The series is the BBC's most successful show in the 10:00am slot, regularly attaining a 30% share for new episodes.
Each episode of the show follows three properties (or two for 5 hour shows) which were bought at auction, often ones that require significant refurbishment. A cross-section of properties is featured, including terraced, commercial, rural, and vacant land. The programme follows a set formula. One of the presenters views the property prior to going up for auction, giving their opinion on it and its potential problems as well as attractive features. A local estate agent is also invited to give their opinion on the property. The auction is then shown and the final sale price revealed.
It is at this point we first meet the new buyer, and Martin or Lucy interviews them and finds out their background, why they bought the property, whether they are happy with it given the price and what their plans are. The buyer then gives a detailed explanation of any renovation works they are going to do, such as new kitchen, bathrooms or extensions, and how much they expect to spend. The buyer is then left to get on with the project, with the promise that the show will re-visit the work in about three months' time. The programme then features another property using the same formula.
The show then comes back to find out how the buyer has got on, and reminds the viewer of what the property was like prior to the auction. Dependent on the buyer and extent of renovation, there can be a wide variation in the progress of works. Some properties are shown fully complete, with camera shots taken in identical places "before" and "after". Other properties are shown in mid-renovation, which can give an idea of the work being done but not the final effect. Occasionally there are properties which have had no work at all done due to many factors, such as the buyer having other projects on the go or encountering hidden problems that have slowed down production.
The buyer is interviewed once more, asking them if they are happy with the work so far, or indeed with the final outcome. Martin and Lucy, however, are not present for this interview, though they do provide a voice-over. The buyer talks about how much money they have spent, etc. and if they felt it was worthwhile. This time, two local estate agents are invited to give their opinion on the quality of work, and whether the property is now more desirable. They then give the all-important valuation in both the market value and rental potential. The buyer is invited to give their opinion on those valuations, and asked whether they are going to sell, rent, or live in the property themselves. Occasionally subsequent updates are given to the viewer if the property did indeed sell for the asking price, but this is not always done.
The name of the show is a slight misnomer, as commercial and industrial property also feature on the programme in addition to residential lots.
During the stages of viewing the property, or whilst interviewing the buyer, music is normally played which is related to the property, or person buying. For example, whilst viewing a house that may be expensive to repair or renovate, a suitable song such as Money Money Money may be heard. Or when buying a flat in a high rise building they may use "Moving on Up" by M People. If guests mention they enjoy a certain activity, the show plays a song to fit that activity. For example, in the 14 April 2010 episode, a buyer said he enjoyed surfing and they played "Surfin' Safari" by the Beach Boys. During an episode aired 31 May 2011 AC/DC's "Back In Black" was played during a segment with Roberts adding the voice over "We're back in Blackburn." Since the programme is not intended for release on home video formats, the music is included under a 'blanket licence agreement' and therefore tracks can be heard by high profile artists such as Portishead and Massive Attack that would usually be 'unaffordable', uneconomic or simply refused to other higher budget BBC productions that are intended for home release.
In each show, when the estate agents return to provide a final valuation on the property, their appearance is accompanied by a track entitled Soul Food.
London-based composers Michael Burdett and Richard Cottle created the theme tune, stings and musical beds for Homes Under the Hammer.
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||May 2003||June 2003||30|
|2||November 2003||April 2004||50|
|3||January 2005||March 2005||40|
|4||October 2005||December 2005||40|
|5||June 2006||July 2006||30|
|6||January 2007||February 2007||20|
|7||April 2007||May 2007||30|
|8||September 2007||October 2007||20|
|9||January 2008||February 2008||20|
|10||February 2008||June 2008||20|
|11||June 2008||September 2008||20|
|12||November 2008||February 2009||30|
|13||February 2009||March 2010||85|
|14||April 2010||2 March 2012||180|
|16||9 April 2012||13 February 2013||80|
|17||11 March 2013||TBA||80|
Since the 14th series spanned two years, the next series was named the 16th series. As of 1 October 2012, the episode count for the 16th series is 43.