Did we like it?
The delightful Sarah Beeney kicked off the series with two frustratingly successful stories of capitalism in action rather than two cheerable flops, but this is by far TV’s best property programme.
What was good about it?
• The delightful Sarah Beeney with her lovely highlighted hair, her smokey voice, no-nonsense advice and erotic handling of a chisel.
• If a drama trotted out the same storyline every week, it would be a disaster. But on Property Ladder the been-here-beforeness gives it a comforting feel. Amateurs come up with daft scheme; Sarah offers sensible advice; sensible advice gets ignored; budget gets busted; profit still gets made.
• We were quite glad that crazy mum Karen (a fan of fibre-optic lights in the bath) and lazy son Ben made a few quid from transforming a Victorian terraced cottage. She had big ideas; he had none. But they stumbled through and didn’t annoy us at all.
What was bad about it?
• That girl called Hannah, showing off in a babyish voice as her parents made a bomb out of doing up a house to provide the brat and her brother with university fees. How we wished they’d make a loss and she’d have to struggle through her education like most kids. Hannah must be the only teenager in the country who wants to spend more time with her family. Has she no friends? Maybe not. We can’t really imagine any other youngster wanting to hang out with her.