Martin Roberts discusses the rise in house prices
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Homes Under the Hammer has been on screen since 2003 and Martin Roberts has presented it since its inauguration. Express.co.uk spoke to the property expert about the future of the show and how it offers something different to the other shows. Martin mentioned why the BBC show was more relatable than Channel 4’s Grand Designs.
“Well, I guess until people stop watching it, we’ll continue making it!” The presenter said in reference to how long Homes Under the Hammer is going to continue for.
“Lockdown interestingly enough has introduced quite a few people who wouldn’t normally be in a position to watch it, to the show.
“So we’ve had the numbers of new viewers has been noticeable.
“It seems to have a perennial interest because I think we do have a genuine interest in the UK.
“I think the thing about Homes Under the Hammer is that it shows normal people doing normal sort of properties,” he continued.
“There’s the Grand Designs of this world which are fantastic shows and everyone loves watching those kind of aspirational things.
“But translating that into an average person’s abilities is possibly not going to happen.
“But you know you see on Homes Under the Hammer buying £60,00 two up two down terrace, doing it up and they’re either making a mess of it or do really well and at the end of it, make a little bit of money or not, or making themselves a really nice home,” Martin added.
“And so it is very achievable, what you see is within your grasp.
“What do I do is I try and give advice, and from my experience and I am a developer, I build houses.
“So I try to give as much as I can in a brief time and listen to what I say and they can hopefully be inspired to do it.
“The great things about the show from my point of view, it does give people an opportunity to maybe take that away.
“But also it’s just great television, watching people that see what they achieve; seeing them at the start and thinking ‘there’s absolutely no way they’re going to turn this into anything!” Martin stated.
Grand Designs, which is presented by Kevin McCloud, airs on Channel 4 and has been doing so since 1999.
He takes a look at the most ambitious self-builds and projects, as well as the intrepid individuals who attempt to design and construct their new homes.
It comes after Martin spoke about the “highlight” of his job.
“I do a job, I present a TV show, I’m really proud of it and I never forget the fact that I’m in a privileged position.
“But also that I do enter people’s lives. The nicest thing for me is when I get people telling me that I’ve helped them through difficult times.
“The show is discovered by people who are in unusual circumstances in their own life.
“Obviously there’s lots of people who work from home, there’s people who are self-employed, or people who get sick or are retired.
“Before they come across it when they’re ill or temporarily, or they are on maternity leave; it’s really nice to hear from them that the show has helped them in some way, get through that period of difficulty, and I think that’s definitely the case.”
Homes Under the Hammer airs weekdays at 10am on BBC One.
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