The Worst House on the Street – ‘Who are these people?’ They shout Television and radio

Such is the general state of this country when I first saw the title of this series I thought it was a reference to Britain. Like: the worst Channel 4 documentary on the UK housing crisis here on the streets. Then set the tape – as my mum would say – to the sick man of Europe, our shrinking economy, how countries have closed their borders one by one to UK air travel during the pandemic and… you get my drift. How painful. But, also, well, Channel 4. What else is a public broadcaster to do when the ideological – sorry, formal – selling process continues? You get the TV show you deserve.

Then I googled it on On the Street (Channel 4). oh It is another property program. 2022’s Place in the Sun, if you will. The logical outcome of the situation is that even if you had a place in the sun – apparently, you don’t – you wouldn’t be able to get to it because all the flights had been cancelled. And his place in the sun is worrying because Europe is on fire. What does a multigenerational population need to be attracted to home ownership in these end times? A classic Channel 4 property program about how spoiling a £4,750 balcony in front of your “final do-over” will add 2% to its value. What the worst country on mainland Europe needs, in short, is a mansion across the street.

This twisted mirror held up to our corrupt society is presented by the chipper brother and sister duo Stewart and Scarlett Douglas. They’ve been renovating their property for 15 years and were on George Clark’s Flipping Fast, where six startup teams battled for more than a year to make the biggest profit on their property. Sounds about as exciting as finding asbestos in your ceiling. The Douglas Douw looks beautiful despite all the little sex: when it comes to natural stone worktops, he is a haggler; She has a careful conversation about going to flat bags or built-in closets, blah, blah. There are some half-hearted attempts at sibling rivalry, but my level of cynicism is now so high that I find myself wondering if they’re even relevant in real life. They own and run an aspirational property design and development agency called Kindred Elite. Of course they do.

WHOTS is based on the adage that if you want to maximize your profits, buy the worst house on the best street. Or, look for a gap in property fairs when rents, home prices, wages and affordable housing are in short supply. In this case, the worst house is a 1930s three-bed terrace in Purley, Croydon, priced at… £415k. It’s an eye-opening example of our housing crisis, not a bargain for anyone outside of Europe’s sick man. And our mauvaise foi.

Harry, a public affairs consultant, and Yimika, a marketing manager, are in their late 20s. They recently got married and scraped together every penny to buy the house, paying the asking price of £15,000 and living with Mr Yimika’s family for a year saving up for renovations. One can only imagine that they may have canceled their Netflix subscription and put the kibosh on the flat whites that are being taken away as well. Anyway, they’ve “only” got £40k to repair the wreckage and plan to move in within six weeks. Jumping off the couch to yell at the TV, “Who are these people?!”

The rest is like bad graffiti printed on wallpaper from which your moldy British soul is peeling. The danger associated with removing a smokeless bra is imminent. Yup, the discovery of asbestos in the ceiling. Constant talk about increasing budget, profit and light. A happy ending, where three reviews were conducted and in direct opposition to reality, they earned £32k. And the pressure on the young couple grows as the weeks go by as the budget dwindles and the pace of construction slows. My favorite unintentionally-patriarchal moment (most property programs are hidden in the walls) comes when Harry waxes lyrical about the spreadsheet they “automated” to calculate their expenses. “No, it doesn’t do it automatically,” says Ymica. “no Enter the digits. “Oh,” says Harry. “all right. nice. sorry.”

Look, I’m not sniffing about asset programs or escapism. I understand that watching endless 24-hour episodes at A&E is part of the British psyche as the NHS is being dismantled. I have included my authentic Grand Designs watches over the centuries. I had a crush on Sarah Binnie in the 00s, like everyone else. But picture the blue-sky-out-of-the-box-thinking-out-of-the-box execs around the desk scrubbing their hands. When the leading workers in the country own their own home in 98% of the paid age. , you think it has gone too far.

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