Homes Under the Hammer
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|Homes Under the Hammer|
Homes Under the Hammer title card
|Created by||Melanie Eriksen|
|Presented by||Lucy Alexander (2003–2017)
Martin Roberts (2003–)
Dion Dublin (2015–)
Martel Maxwell (2017–)
Jasmine Birtles (guest, 2005)
Marc Woodward (guest, 2005)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||21|
|No. of episodes||1020 (as of 8 May 2017[update])|
|Running time||30–60 minutes|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Picture format||576i 16:9 (SDTV)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
|Original release||5 May 2003– present|
Homes Under the Hammer is a British factual renovation and auction television series that originally screened on BBC One as part of the BBC's morning schedule. The series has been running since May 2003, and is presented by Lucy Alexander (2003–2017), Martin Roberts (2003–), Dion Dublin (2015–), and Martel Maxwell (2017–). The series is the BBC's most successful show in the 10 am slot, regularly attaining a 30% market share for new episodes.
Since the first series in 2003 Lucy Alexander and Martin Roberts have presented the show, though guest presenters Jasmine Birtles and Marc Woodward also presented a handful of episodes during series three, due to the limited availability of the regular presenters. Retired footballer Dion Dublin joined Alexander and Roberts in 2015 at the beginning of the nineteenth series.
On 1 July 2016, the BBC announced that Alexander had stepped down from her role on Homes Under the Hammer, though Alexander later clarified that she would continue to appear on the series for "at least another few years", owing to the manner in which the series is filmed. On 30 March 2017, BBC Scotland's Martel Maxwell was revealed as the new host replacing Alexander during the 21st series of the show and it was announced she would appear on screen from June.
The name of the show is a slight misnomer, as commercial and industrial property also feature on the programme in addition to residential lots. Each episode of the show follows several properties bought at auction that often require refurbishment, which may be residential, commercial or simply plots of land. A presenter and local estate agent give their opinion of the property, followed by the actual action and sale price. The buyers discuss potential improvements to the purchased property, with an estimated budget. Following this format for each property, the show returns to show the refurbishments carried out. Another estate agent gives an updated value of the property following the work.
Homes Under the Hammer has been criticised as offering poor or unbalanced financial advice. Every episode ends with an optimistic estimate of the buyer's profit, but in many cases the contestants have gone on to sell the property at a loss, or a very small profit considering the months of effort taken up with renovation works.[better source needed]
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. 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||5 May 2003||13 June 2003||30|
|2||3 November 2003||9 April 2004||50|
|3||3 January 2005||March 2005||40|
|4||October 2005||December 2005||40|
|5||June 2006||July 2006||30|
|6||8 January 2007||16 February 2007||20|
|7||30 April 2007||29 June 2007||30|
|8||17 September 2007||23 November 2007||20|
|9||7 January 2008||22 February 2008||20|
|10||25 February 2008||20 June 2008||30|
|11||30 June 2008||12 September 2008||20|
|12||24 November 2008||2 February 2009||30|
|13||9 February 2009||1 March 2010||85|
|14||12 April 2010||4 February 2011||80|
|15||7 March 2011||2 March 2012||100|
|16||9 April 2012||13 February 2013||80|
|17||11 March 2013||31 March 2014||80|
|18||15 April 2014||30 March 2015||81|
|19||13 April 2015||29 March 2016||80|
|20||12 April 2016||23 March 2017||80|
|21||4 April 2017||2018||TBC|
- "Lucy Alexander to step down from Homes Under The Hammer". BBC Media Centre. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
- "Lucy Alexander quits as presenter of Homes Under The Hammer after 13 years". 5 July 2016.
- "Martel Maxwell joins the presenting line-up for BBC One Daytime’s Homes Under The Hammer". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 30 March 2017.