Chimneys and windows added at a later stage to the medieval houses.
Contestants are given a budget and, following consultation with the owners, come up with and execute a decorative scheme for a room. Each night a contestant is eliminated from the competition.
So, what is there to complain about? I hear you ask. Plenty! Storyboards are presented that give scant attention to the wishes of the clients and even less attention is given to the period of the property.
Worst of all, and this is not the fault of the contestants but of the programme makers, they have only three days, yes, THREE DAYS in which to complete the challenge. This means that the work is rushed and rather bodged. I feel so sorry for them as they are genuinely trying to do their best. It makes me wince. Why can't they have a week to complete their make-over and the opportunity to do a half-decent job?
The clients always appear to be delighted with the finished result but I wouldn't let anyone anywhere near my home. They fill the rooms with random pieces that have no connection to the lived lives of the clients. I firmly believe that the things that you have around you need to have a relevance, that a room needs to develop gradually and not spring up fully formed down to the last fluffy cushion. I wonder how many of the rooms will be quietly stripped of all the gewgaws and redecorated once the show is over.
It's the final programme tonight. I'll be watching and no doubt complaining throughout. Himself will be fine - he's got a new book to read.