Better Homes and Gardens (TV program)

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Better Homes and Gardens
Better Homes and Gardens logo.jpg
Home improvement
Created byPeter E Fox (1993–1995)
Presented byJohanna Griggs (2005–present)
Noni Hazlehurst (1995–2004)
Opening theme"Getting Better"
Composer(s)Jay Stewart
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons23
No. of episodes1,022 (as of 30 November 2018)
Executive producer(s)Russell Palmer
Production location(s)Sydney, Australia
Running time90 minutes
Original networkSeven Network
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release24 January 1995 (1995-01-24) –
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Better Homes and Gardens is an Australian television program which is broadcast on the Seven Network, which is based on the magazine of the same name domestically published by Pacific Magazines (itself licensing the brand and magazine format from the American Meredith Corporation). The programs covers a wide variety of lifestyle related topics. These include, gardening, landscaping, architecture, cooking, DIY, pet care and home improvement as well as featuring celebrity guests. In 2014, Better Homes and Gardens was awarded a record 12th Silver Logie for Australia's Most Popular Lifestyle Program The show is hosted by former Olympic swimmer-turned-television presenter Johanna Griggs, who has hosted the program since 2005. Gardening guru Graham Ross has appeared on the show since 1995, presenting over 700 episodes. Resident vet Dr Harry joined the team in 2004 and has been providing pet information and advice to viewers ever since. Melbourne Chef Karen Martini joined the show in 2006 bringing with her a love of relaxed cooking with fresh, healthy, seasonal produce. Ed Halmagyi (known on the show as 'Fast Ed') joined the team in 2004 he transforms elegant restaurant cuisine into recipes that anyone can prepare at home. Builder Adam Dovile joined the show in 2015 after winning season two of House Rules in 2014, and is the go-to for DIY projects on the show. In 2005 Jason Hodges became the shows landscaper and almost always appears with beloved Fox Terrier, Dannii. Tara Dennis is the shows designer and decorate and joined the show in 2006.

The series aired its 1000th episode on 29 June 2018.[1]


  • Peter E Fox (1993–1995)





  • Jason Hodges (2005–present) (Landscaping)
  • Graham Ross (1996–present)
  • Linda Ross (1996–present)


  • Grahame Bond (1998–2002)
  • Peter Coulqhoun (2003–present)
  • Tony Fragar (1996)


  • Fiona Connoly (1996–2004) (Craft)
  • Sandy de Beyer (1996)
  • Tara Dennis (2006–present)
  • Demi Harman (2014–2016)[2]
  • Noni Hazlehurst (1995)
  • Gwen Jones Palmer (2004)
  • Lissanne Oliver (2005)
  • Monica Trapaga (1997–2003)



Better Living (consumer advice)[edit]


The program originally aired on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm and 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.[citation needed]

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.[3][4] 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.[5] Better Homes now airs in all states on Friday nights at 7:00 pm.

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  1. ^ Knox, David (26 June 2018). "Better Homes and Gardens reaches 1000 episodes". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Soldani, Bianca. (29 December 2014). "Demi Harman puts Hollywood dreams aside to star as 'design and decorating' presenter on Better Homes And Gardens alongside fellow newcomer House Rules' Adam Dovile". Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  3. ^ Musolino, Adrian (17 Feb 2010). "Battlelines drawn over live Friday Night Footy". The Roar. Retrieved 9 Sep 2011.
  4. ^ Sheahan, Tony (20 Jun 2010). "Live Friday footy feast when Geelong take (sic) on St Kilda". Herald Sun. Retrieved 9 Sep 2011.
  5. ^ Withem, Jennifer (28 April 2010). "AFL's $1.25 billion broadcast deal". Australian Football League. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 9 Sep 2011.

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