The Block (Australian TV series)

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The Block
The Block Fans vs Faves logo.png
The Block: Fans vs Faves Logo
Format Reality
Created by Julian Cress
David Barbour
Presented by Jamie Durie (2003–04)
Scott Cam (2010–)
Shelley Craft (2011–)
Starring Keith Schleiger (foreman, 2011–)
Judges John McGrath (2003–12)
Neale Whitaker (2010–)
Shaynna Blaze (2012–)
Darren Palmer (2012–)
Christopher Boots (2014)
Opening theme "Here Comes Another One"
by Groove Terminator
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes Current Season: 61 Total: 330
Location(s) Sydney (series 1–3, All-Stars)
Melbourne (series 4–)
Running time 30–60 minutes (including commercials)
Original channel Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 1 June 2003 – 25 July 2004
22 September 2010 – present
External links

The Block is an Australian reality television series broadcast on the Nine Network. The series follows four or, more recently, five couples as they compete against each other to renovate houses and sell them at auction for the highest price.

The series first ran for two consecutive seasons in 2003 and 2004, and was originally hosted by Australian gardening guru Jamie Durie. The first season was filmed at Bondi and the second at Manly.

The Nine Network revived The Block after a six-year absence, with a third season commenced airing on 22 September 2010,[1][2] this time hosted by television personality and builder Scott Cam.[3] The third series again took place in Sydney, in the suburb of Vaucluse.[4]

Moving to Victoria, Australia, the fourth season was filmed in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond, Victoria on Cameron Street. Breaking with tradition, season four was filmed in four side-by-side houses as opposed to an apartment block of four. Season four saw television personality Shelley Craft join Scott Cam in hosting the show.

Season five began airing in April 2012. As with season four, season five has retained the four separate houses format, as opposed to four apartments in a single apartment block as in earlier seasons. Season five is again set in Melbourne, on Dorcas Street, and is set in four adjacent multi-storey town houses.

The first three seasons of The Block aired once weekly for 13, 26 and 9 weeks respectively.[5][6][7] For seasons four and five The Block was aired every weeknight, taking on the tagline "7'OBlock Weeknights," and every Sunday night for 8 weeks.[8][9]


The original format of the series featured four couples with a prior relationship renovating a derelict apartment block in the Sydney suburb of Bondi, with each couple renovating a separate apartment over a period of 12 weeks and with a budget of A$40,000. The apartments were then sold at auction, with each couple keeping any profit made above a set reserve price and the couple with the highest profit winning a A$100,000 prize.[10]

Series summary[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Result Host(s) Judges
Series premiere Series finale Winning couple Winning profit (AUD)
13 1 June 2003 (2003-06-01)[11] 17 August 2003 (2003-08-17)[12] Adam Thorn
Fiona Mills
$156,000 Jamie Durie John McGrath
26 18 April 2004 (2004-04-18)[13] 25 July 2004 (2004-07-25)[14] Andrew Rochford
Jamie Nicholson
9 22 September 2010 (2010-09-22) 24 November 2010 (2010-11-24) John and Neisha Pitt $205,000 Scott Cam John McGrath
Neale Whitaker
51 20 June 2011 (2011-06-20) 21 August 2011 (2011-08-21) Polly Porter
Warwick "Waz" Jones
$15,000 Scott Cam
Shelley Craft
65 16 April 2012 (2012-04-16) 1 July 2012 (2012-07-01) Brad Cranfield
Lara Welham
$506,000 John McGrath
Neale Whitaker
Shaynna Blaze
39 4 February 2013 (2013-02-04)[15] 20 March 2013 (2013-03-20)[16] Phil Rankine
Amity Dry
$295,000 Neale Whitaker
Shaynna Blaze
Darren Palmer
Sky High
66 12 May 2013 (2013-05-12)[17] 28 July 2013 Alisa and Lysandra Fraser $295,000
Fans vs. Faves
61 27 January 2014 (2014-01-27) 9 April 2014 (2014-04-09) Steve O'Donnell
Chantelle Ford
TBA 27 July 2014 (2014-07-27) TBA TBA TBA

Season 1 (2003)[edit]

Jamie Durie hosted the first two seasons of the show.

The first season of The Block began airing on 1 June 2003 on the Nine Network, replacing Backyard Blitz and Location Location in the network's flagship timeslot[18] of Sunday at 6:30 to 7:30 pm (AEST).[10] The series was presented by Backyard Blitz host Jamie Durie and filmed in Bondi, with the majority of filming being completed prior to the series airing for editing purposes.[10]

Selected from approximately 2000 applicants,[10] the four couples in the series were:

  • Adam Thorn (aged 30) and Fiona Mills (27), a married couple from Banksia, New South Wales. A data analyst and former sales representative, the couple had renovated three properties prior to competing on The Block.[19][20] They renovated the first ground floor apartment (flat number one) and were widely considered the "show favourites" throughout the course of the series.[19] Their apartment—which was the last to be auctioned—sold for $751,000 earning them the highest profit of $156,000 as well as the winning prize of $100,000.[19] Mills appeared on the cover of Ralph while the series was airing in July 2003.[21]
  • Warren Sonin and Gavin Atkins –
  • Paul and Kylie Ingram
  • Phil Rankine and Amity Dry
Auction results[19]
Couple Apartment Auction order Reserve Sale price Buyer Profit Result
Adam and Fiona Flat 1 (Ground floor) Fourth $595,000 $751,000 Unidentified Sydney woman $156,000 Winner
Paul and Kylie Flat 4 (Upstairs) Third $747,000 Sydney businessman, Wayne $152,000 Second place
Warren and Gavin Flat 2 (Ground floor) Second $670,000 Crazy John's $75,000 Third place
Phil and Amity Flat 3 (Upstairs) First $655,000 The Sun-Herald $60,000 Fourth place

Season 2 (2004)[edit]

The site used for the second season, as seen several days prior to auction.

Following the success of the first season, an expanded second season of 26 episodes, airing twice weekly, premiered on 18 April 2004. The series was again set in Sydney, although in the suburb of Manly rather than Bondi where the first season was located.

Selected from over 18,000 applicants, the four couples in the series were:

Auction results
Couple Auction spot Reserve Amount sold for at auction Profit made
Matt Martino and Jane Newton First auctioned $795,000 $795,000 $0
Jason and Kirsten Johnson Second auctioned $795,000 $872,000 $77,000
Andrew Rochford and Jamie Nicholson Third auctioned $790,000 $868,000 $78,000 + $100,000 winners prize money
Steven Starkey and Richard Sterry Fourth auctioned $800,000 $800,000 $0

Two original contestants, Dani and Monique Bacha, left the program in January 2004, two weeks into the second series, when it was reported that Dani had spent six months in jail in 2002 following his conviction for a drug-related offence.[22] Andrew Rochford and Jamie Nicholson replaced Dani and Monique Bacha.

Season 3 (2010)[edit]

Scott Cam (right) replaced Jamie Durie as host in 2010.
Auction results
Couple Auction spot Reserve Amount sold/passed in for at auction Amount sold for after auction Profit made
John and Nisha Pitt [23][24] First auctioned $900,000 $1,105,000 N/A $205,000 + $100,000 winners prize money
Mark and Duncan [2] Second auctioned $860,000 $907,000 N/A $47,000
Chez and Brenton [2] Third auctioned $880,000 not sold at auction $970,000 $90,000
Erin and Jake [2] Fourth auctioned $910,000 $997,500 N/A $87,500
Weekly results
Week Room(s) Costs Winner
John and Neisha Mark and Duncan Erin and Jake Chez and Brenton
1 Guest room/study $4,737 $7,205 $5,735 $6,471 Erin and Jake
2 "Spare room" $6,457 $6,175 $6,916 $7,331 John and Neisha
3 Ensuite $9,027 $11,114 $10,811 $11,936 Mark and Duncan
4 Master bedroom $9,465 $7,925 $6,810 $8,806 Chez and Brenton
5 Main bathroom and laundry $18,640 $13,853 $16,901 $16,486 Erin and Jake
6 Living room $15,347 $10,320 $13,883 $9,924 John and Neisha
7 Kitchen $28,039 $31,159 $31,400 $25,720 Erin and Jake

Season 4 (2011)[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 4)
Shelley Craft joined Scott Cam as a host from the fourth season onwards.

Season four saw six major changes to the format of The Block.

  • The series location has changed to Melbourne instead of Sydney.
  • An initial elimination week saw eight couples reduced to four.
  • Instead of a block of flats with four apartments, there are four separate houses next to one another.
  • Contestants now have to renovate the exterior of their home, in addition to the interior.
  • Instead of two one hour long episodes airing per week, six episodes now air per week with a mix of one hour and half-hour length episodes.
  • Shelley Craft has been introduced to help host special challenges where contestants can win extra cash and prizes for their houses.

Eight couples were initially selected, with four being eliminated and the other four being given keys to the houses. The four remaining teams are:

  • Josh and Jenna – House 1 (Blue)
  • Polly and Waz – House 2 (Yellow)
  • Katrina and Amie – House 3 (Green)
  • Rod and Tanya – House 4 (Red)
Waz Jones and Polly Porter, winners of the fourth season of The Block.

The winners of The Block are Polly and Waz. They made $15,000 in profit and due to the other three couples houses being passed in, they also won the $100,000 grand prize making them the winners. Also in this finale episode, Josh proposed to Jenna, his girlfriend for 5 years and partner on The Block.

Auction results
Couple Auction spot Reserve Amount sold/passed in for at auction Amount sold for after auction Profit made
Josh and Jenna First auctioned $950,000 $901,000 $1,000,000 $50,000
Polly and Waz Second auctioned $840,000 $855,000 N/A $15,000 + $100,000 winners prize money
Amie and Katrina Third auctioned $860,000 $822,000 $860,000 $0
Rod and Tania Fourth auctioned $850,000 $832,000 $922,000 $72,000

Polly and Waz were the only couple whose property sold at auction, with the other three failing to meet their reserve prices. Following the auction, Amie and Katrina's property sold for their exact reserve amount, meaning they would not take any winnings from appearing on The Block. Also, Rod and Tania's property sold for the highest profit on The Block at $72,000 (however, as it was after the auction, Polly and Waz are still the winners).

Season 5 (2012)[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 5)

This season, like season four, is also based in Melbourne, in the inner city suburb of South Melbourne with four double storey side by side terrace houses located at 401 – 407 Dorcas Street. The properties are all on separate titles with car access from Montague St and plans approved to allow for a third story extension.[25]

Eight couples were initially selected, with four being eliminated and the other four being given keys to the houses. The four remaining teams are:

  • Dale and Sophie – House 1 (Blue)
  • Mike and Andrew – House 2 (Yellow)
  • Brad and Lara – House 3 (Green)
  • Dan and Dani – House 4 (Red)
Auction results
Couple Auction order Reserve Sale price Profit Result
Brad and Lara (House 3) First $1,114,000 $1,620,000 $506,000 Winner
Dan and Dani (House 4) Second $992,000 $1,440,000 $448,000 Second place
Mike and Andrew (House 2) Fourth $966,000 $1,400,001.01 $434,001.01 Third place
Dale and Sophie (House 1) Third $975,000 $1,330,000 $355,000 Fourth place

Season 6: All-Stars (2013)[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 6)

It was announced during the finale of the fifth season that an All-Star edition of the series would air in 2013, with viewers able to vote for couples to return from past series. These votes were taken into consideration when selecting the contestants, and the four returning couples were announced in October 2012 as Phil and Amity (of season one), Mark and Duncan (season three), Josh and Jenna (season four) and Dan and Dani (season five).[26] Phil and Amity won All Stars with a total of $1,650,000 selling for their home.

Production for the series relocated from Melbourne—which had hosted the prior two seasons—to its original location of Bondi in Sydney to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the show's first season.[27] Filming took place over nine weeks from October to December 2012.[28]

Darren Palmer, who was a guest judge in the fourth and fifth seasons, replaced John McGrath as a permanent judge for this series. Both Neale Whitaker and Shaynna Blaze reprised their roles as judges from the previous season.[29]

Season 7: Sky High (2013)[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 7)

The Nine Network renewed The Block for a seventh season to air after Easter in 2013.[30] The location for this series is confirmed as 142 Park Street, South Melbourne. The building consists of 5 levels, with each couple was allocated a full level to renovate. Alisa and Lysandra renovated level 1, Matt and Kim were responsible for level 2, level 3 was occupied by Bec and George, level 4 was completed by Madi and Jarrod and level 5 was made over by Trixie and Johnno.

Twin sisters Alisa and Lysandra win the block with a profit of $295,000.

Season 8: Fans vs. Favourites (2014)[edit]

Main article: The Block (season 8)
"Dux House" in February 2014

Applications for the eighth season of the series opened whilst the seventh season was airing, with couples aged between 18 and 65 years old being sought by casting agents.[31] Filming for the season is scheduled to occur between November 2013 and January 2014, and will air from 27 January 2014.[31]

The 2014 season will be based in the Melbourne suburb of Albert Park, Victoria. The production company paid $5.9 million for 47 O’Grady Street, a brick warehouse that will be transformed into four luxury apartments.[32]

The working title of the 2014 Series is Fans vs Favourites as shown in the 2014 preview that was aired on The Big Brother 2013 Finale.

Returning to The Block, Brad and Dale (Season 5) / Alisa and Lysandra (Season 7).

Joining The Block, The Super K's - Kyal and Kara and The Retro Rookies - Steve and Chantelle.

Steve O'Donnell and Chantelle Ford win the block with a profit of $636,000 + $100,000 winners prize money.

Kyal and Kara with an original reserve of $1,900,000 and final of $1,872,750. Steve and Chantelle with an original reserve of $1,850,000 and final of $1,834,000. Brad and Dale with an original reserve of $1,830,000 and final of $1,802,750. Alisa and Lysandra with an original reserve of $1,775,000 and final of $1,759,000.

In May 2014, in was reported that Lukas Kamay - who had won the auction for Alisa and Lysandra's apartment - had been arrested for his involvement in an insider trading scam. As a result, the $500,000 deposit he had paid was frozen and the apartment was seized. The apartment will be re-sold at a later date.[33] It's unclear whether Alisa and Lysandra will receive the money they would have received had the scandal not broken, or if they are now considered to have come fourth and did not sell their apartment at auction.

Season 9: Glasshouse (2014)[edit]

A ninth season of The Block will feature contestants renovating a former office building in Prahran, Victoria into luxury apartments, with the series subtitled as The Block: Glasshouse.[34] Filming begun shortly after Fans vs. Faves concluded airing and is set to feature former professional Australian rules footballer Darren Jolly and his wife Deanne as one of the couples.[34] The series will air in the second half of 2014.[34]



The two first seasons were successful in the ratings, with the first season averaging 2.4 million viewers a, and over 3 million watching the season finale.

The third series debuted with 1,134,000, a daily rank of 9. It lost to all its main timeslot competition consisting of Glee on Network Ten and Border Security on the Seven Network.[35] However, it remained successful with key demographics and enjoyed steady ratings throughout the season. Series three concluded with 1.712 million viewers, and was the top program of the night in total people and all key demographics. It was also the second most-watched program of the week.[36]

Series three ratings (2010)
# Original airdate Timeslot Viewers
1 22 September 2010 Wednesday 7:30–8:30 pm 1.139[37] #9[38] #27[37]
2 29 September 2010[39] 1.125[40] #10[41] #23[40]
3 6 October 2010[42] 1.122[43] #5[44] #16[43]
4 13 October 2010 1.135[45] #5[46] #14[45]
5 20 October 2010[47] 1.197[48] #5[49] #13[48]
6 27 October 2010[50] 1.154[51] #7[52] #18[51]
7 10 November 2010 1.243[53] #4[54] #14[53]
8 17 November 2010[55] 1.247[56] #2[57] #7[56]
9 24 November 2010 Wednesday 7:30–9:00 pm 1.305[58] #3[59] #9[58]
1.716[58] #1[59] #2[58]


Country Network Current Broadcaster? Subtitled or Dubbed? Notes
 Iceland Stöð 2 Yes Subtitled
 Ireland Home
TV3 No First two seasons aired.
Watch Yes
 The Netherlands NET 5 Subtitled
 United Kingdom Home
 New Zealand TV3
Prime No Series 3, 4 & 6 & 7 aired on TV3.
 Portugal SIC Mulher Yes Subtitled Series 1 to 5 aired.


Country Title Broadcaster Presenter Original run
 Belgium The Block VIER Hans Otten & Hanne Troonbeeckx 2004 - 2009
 Israel The Block Channel 10 Haim Etgar 30 May 2009 – 10 September 2009
 Netherlands Het Blok NET 5 Erik van der Hoff 2004–2007
 New Zealand The Block NZ[60] TV3 Mark Richardson & Shannon Ryan 4 July 2012 – present
 United Kingdom The Block ITV Lisa Rogers 2004

The Block has also been adapted in Russia, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, South Africa

See also[edit]


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