The Block (UK TV series)

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The Block
Genre Game show
Created by David Barbour
Julian Cress
Written by David Barbour
Julian Cress
Directed by Abigail Priddle
Dan Roland
Presented by Lisa Rogers
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Stephen Lambert
Location(s) Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
Editor(s) Sam Hart
Eve Kay
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) RDF Media
Original network ITV
First shown in Australia
Original release 2004
Related shows The Block (Australian TV series)

The Block was a British reality television series broadcast on ITV in the summer of 2004, based on the Australian series of the same name. The show was presented by Lisa Rogers.


The show followed 4 couples renovating four identical apartments in Brighton, with each couple given a budget of £25,000 to do so. They had to live in the apartments while continuing their daily lives.

Each week the couples are required to complete renovating a room in their apartment. At the end of each week's episode the room was judged by property expert Nicholas Cowell (brother of Simon Cowell) and the best couple won a prize (either furniture or building materials).


The show, which had been so popular in Australia where it originated, was not successful in the UK and after it premiered in a prime-time ITV slot, was moved to the "graveyard slot" of after 11pm. A second series was not commissioned.

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