Would You Buy A House With A Stranger?, BBC3

by | Nov 18, 2005 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

Not that much. There are so many of these contrived reality shows nowadays that it’s a buyers’ market. The idea is reasonable enough: a first-time buyer picks from three other people hoping to get “a foothold on the housing ladder” to join them in purchasing a property. But there were not enough desirable features.

What was good about it?

• Watching the deteriorating relationship between sensible army girl Gemma and frivolous shopaholic/call centre drone Sarah. They started off smiling and having petty disagreements over decor. They ended up screaming: “If you’re gonna be a bitch, I’m gonna be a bitch.”

• The script was well written; the sprinkling of contemporary music was used well; getting the contestants to hold up their own captions worked well. Indeed, the programme makers probably came up with the best possible execution of a series called Would You Buy A House With A Stranger? But that still didn’t satisfy us – maybe our DNA doesn’t contain enough of that houseprice horror gene.

What was bad about it?

• The audition process turned out to be dull, even with some really tense music during Gemma’s make-your-mind-up meal before she delivered the show’s catchphrase: “the person I would like to come by with me is…”

• Horse-faced, posh property finder Sarah Van der Noot – the show’s expert – is no Kirsty A or Sarah B.

• The barman in the cocktail bar visited by Gemma who couldn’t resist showing off for the cameras. Tosser!

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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