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2,4,6,8, who do we appreciate? Schadenfreude, schadenfreude, rah rah rah! [20110518|10:34]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Last night, the bloke and I were half-watching "Grand Designs: Revisited" whilst we attempted to wrangle our inboxes under control. (Sadly, this is not a euphemism.) "Grand Designs", for those who haven't had the pleasure, is a TV programme about city-dwellers who buy a bit of land in the country on which a wreck of a house is usually sited and try to convert it into their dream home. Generally these people have little to no building experience, architectural design ability, or sense. After many trials and tribulations and massive cost overruns, they succeed. This is pretty much middle-class British porn, second only to gardening programmes in the titillation stakes.

This particular episode of "Grand Designs" opened with a mad pair of middle-aged hippies who'd bought some land in the south of France and planned to build a wood and straw-bale house on it. In the middle of an area dominated exclusively by old stone houses. Owned by French people. Who weren't all that keen on the idea.

The narrator, in an attempt to generate a sense of dramatic tension, asked us, "But will they manage to make this work? I'm coming back seven years later to find out." My response to this was immediate and disbelieving. "Dude, of course they make it work. The whole point of this show is that everyone completes their projects. You don't get episodes with storylines like, 'Norma and Frank bought this rotting shell of an old church for half a million pounds five years ago. They budgeted £150k for the restoration. After spending almost £400k, they're bankrupt and divorced. Frank is an alcoholic, Norma has attempted suicide three times in the last six months and their children are in foster care. Isn't that a terrible shame!' This isn't 'Grand Designs: Catastrophic Fuck-ups'."

Although I have to confesss, I would totally give that programme my undivided attention.

[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2011-05-18 10:36 (UTC)
Clearly your hippies have never read "The Three Little Pigs".
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-18 12:58 (UTC)
Sure they have. They read the version where the pigs convert the wolf to vegetarianism and then they all sit round the table in the straw house and enjoy a nourishing bowl of nettle soup.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2011-05-18 12:47 (UTC)
This isn't 'Grand Designs: Catastrophic Fuck-ups'. Although I have to confess, I would totally give that programme my undivided attention.

I always enjoyed the episodes of Changing Rooms where one couple loved what had been done to their home by their friends, but the other couple, not so much. And there'd be the big reveal where they'd open their eyes and go, "Oh.... oh. Wow. This is... hmmm, wow. Orange. It's... very orange."

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-18 13:04 (UTC)
Reason #348752 never to agree to be on one of those shows. Although I can't imagine letting someone else decorate my home. That's my space. No touch-y!
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2011-05-18 16:11 (UTC)
Ah hah hah hah hah hahhhhhh. Hee. *snerk*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-19 18:50 (UTC)
I know, right? Don't mess with the formula. Don't even pretend to mess with the formula. I'm watching this BECAUSE of the formula. It'd be like a CSI:Whatever or NCIS where they DON'T catch the criminal at the end. I'd be annoyed.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2011-05-18 22:47 (UTC)
I would watch the hell out of that show, I cannot lie to you. Actually I'm a bit sad they don't show Grand Designs in the US, it sounds like exactly the sort of ridiculousness I loooooove.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-19 18:51 (UTC)
It's got a comforting and slightly unbelievable formula. Perfect for vegging out and ridiculing, which is exactly what I want to do when I'm tired.
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2011-05-19 20:01 (UTC)
It is available (officially) on YouTube, but it's possible that it's geographically limited so may not work outside of the UK (obviously I can't check this, being in the UK!)

The videos don't seem to want to work with any of the normal mechanisms which allow the downloading of YouTube videos, so there doesn't seem to be any easy way to allow access to anyone who can't get to them directly on YouTube.

(The official videos have been uploaded by 4oDHomes - 4oD being Channel 4 On Demand. There may be other copies out there, but they'll be in many bits, because normally YouTube limits the size of videos to much smaller than the 45 minutes or so that the official programmes last).
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