Better Homes and Gardens (TV series)

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Better Homes and Gardens
Better Homes and Gardens logo.jpg
Genre Lifestyle
Home improvement
Presented by Noni Hazlehurst (1995–2004)
Johanna Griggs (2005–present)
Opening theme "Getting Better"
Composer(s) Jay Stewart
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 21
Executive producer(s) Jason Franklin
Location(s) Sydney Australia
Running time 90 minutes
Original network Seven Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 24 January 1995 (1995-01-24) – present
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Better Homes and Gardens is an 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 from 1995 to 2004. Her husband at the time, John Jarratt, was also a presenter on the show. Former olympic swimmer-turned-television presenter Johanna Griggs replaced Hazlehurst 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.

The theme song for the show until 2005 was a cover of The Beatles' "Getting Better". This was changed to a new theme in 2006, composed by Jay Stewart.





  • Belinda Jeffrey (1996–2000)
  • Maeve O'Meara (2000–2007)
  • "Fast Ed" Ed Halmagyi (2004–present )
  • Karen Martini (2007–present )


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


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


  • Noni Hazlehurst (1995)
  • Fiona Connoly (1996–2004) (Craft)
  • Sandy de Beyer (1996)
  • Monica Trapaga (1997–2003)
  • Gwen Jones Palmer (2004)
  • Lissanne Oliver (2005)
  • Tara Dennis (2006–present)
  • Demi Harman (2014–2016)[1]



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.[2][3] 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.[4] Better Homes now airs in all states on Friday nights at 7:00 pm

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  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Musolino, Adrian (17 Feb 2010). "Battlelines drawn over live Friday Night Footy". The Roar. Retrieved 9 Sep 2011. 
  3. ^ Sheahan, Tony (20 Jun 2010). "Live Friday footy feast when Geelong take (sic) on St Kilda". Herald Sun. Retrieved 9 Sep 2011. 
  4. ^ 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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