Homes Under the Hammer

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 currently presented by Martin Roberts, Dion Dublin and Martel Maxwell. Lucy Alexander, the series’ original presenter, departed the series in 2016, though new episodes featuring Alexander were broadcast intermittently until 2018. The series is the BBC's most successful show in the 10 am slot, regularly attaining a 30% market share for new episodes, which equates to approximately 1.5 million viewers per episode.

Homes Under the Hammer
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GenreFactual
Created byMelanie Eriksen
Directed byVarious
Presented byMartin Roberts (2003-)
Lucy Alexander (2003–2018)
Dion Dublin (2015–)
Martel Maxwell (2017–)
Composer(s)Michael Burdett
Richard Cottle
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series23
No. of episodes1000+
Production
Executive producer(s)Various
Producer(s)Various
Running time30–60 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Studios
Release
Original networkBBC One
Picture format576i 16:9 (SDTV)
(2003–2012)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
(2012–present)
Original release5 May 2003 (2003-05-05) –
present
External links
Website

PresentersEdit

Since the first series in 2003 Lucy Alexander and Martin Roberts 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.[1]

On 1 July 2016, the BBC announced that Alexander had stepped down from her role on Homes Under the Hammer after 13 years',[2] though Alexander later clarified that she would continue to appear on the series for "at least another few years",[3] 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.[4]

FormatEdit

Commercial and industrial property also feature on the programme in addition to residential lots and land plots.

Each episode follows several lots at auction. These often require refurbishment or full development. A presenter and local estate agent provide a valuation of the property, followed by the actual auction 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.

In 2019 the show also started returning to unfinished properties featured in past episodes to give updates on their progress.

MusicEdit

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.

TransmissionsEdit

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
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
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
18 15 April 2014 30 March 2015 81
19 13 April 2015 29 March 2016 80
20 12 April 2016 23 March 2017
21 4 April 2017 22 March 2018 81
22 17 April 2018 26 February 2019 77
23 2 April 2019 2020 80

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC - Dion Dublin joins BBC One Daytime show Homes Under the Hammer - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Lucy Alexander to step down from Homes Under The Hammer". BBC Media Centre. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Lucy Alexander quits as presenter of Homes Under The Hammer after 13 years". 5 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Martel Maxwell joins the presenting line-up for BBC One Daytime's Homes Under The Hammer". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 30 March 2017.

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