Backyard Blitz

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Backyard Blitz
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Genre Lifestyle
Created by Don Burke
Developed by CTC Productions
Presented by Jamie Durie
Starring Team Members
Scott Cam
Jody Rigby
Nigel Ruck
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 159
Producer(s) Don Burke
Jamie Durie
Rick Spence
Running time 43 - 44 minutes
Original network Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 9 April 2000 – 16 September 2007
Followed by Domestic Blitz
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Backyard Blitz was a Logie Award winning Australian lifestyle and DIY television program that aired on the Nine Network between 2000 through to 2007 before its cancellation. It was hosted by Jamie Durie and was produced by Don Burke.

The show featured a very similar premise to the show Ground Force, in which a team of gardeners employed by the show descend on a supposedly worthy individual's place and improve the garden for the cameras within a specified time limit. This similarity in fact led to legal action being taken by the rival Seven Network who at the time was set to debut an Australian version of Ground Force.[1]

The show like many of its other lifestyle brethren was mainly watched by older viewers and was widely derided by younger viewers and television critics. However it was a strong ratings performer.

On 14 November 2006 Backyard Blitz was axed by the Nine Network after seven years on air. Don Burke, whose own show Burke's Backyard was broadcast by Nine for nearly 18 years before it was axed in 2004, said his production company was "quite shocked by this decision".[2] In mid-2007 Nine aired the six remaining unaired episodes that were filmed before the show was cancelled. In 2008, it aired a spin-off show Domestic Blitz hosted by Shelley Craft and Scott Cam


The four regular presenters on the show were landscaper Jamie Durie (the main host and the shows lead landscaper), Scott Cam (builder/carpenter), Nigel Ruck (landscaper) and Jody Rigby (horticulturist).


During the shows run, it has won (and been nominated) for several Logie Awards. The show won six consecutive 'Most Popular Lifestyle Program' awards (2002–2006). It was nominated in the same category in 2007 but lost. Jamie Durie won the 'Most Popular New Male Talent' in 2001 and was nominated for 'Most Popular TV Presenter' in 2005 and 2006 for his role on the show.

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  1. ^ Robins, Jane (27 April 2000). "Ground Force may sue Australian 'copy'". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  2. ^ The Australian

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