I’m in an utter state of confusion, care to help a brother out?
I watch Sarah Beeny’s Property Ladder religiously. I think it’s a great show, even though I spend most of the time with my mouth open, eyes covered and my skin crawling.
Let’s face it, the show is about stupid people developing property for the most part (which of course, makes it a fascinating watch). In any case…
My question is, why on earth do people appear on Property Ladder?
One thing is for sure, it sure as hell isn’t to benefit from the free, professional and sage advice that La Beeny regularly offers, because it mostly gets tossed out the window and ignored.
Anyone else notice that?
If anyone knows how to squeeze and maximize profits out of a garden shed, it’s probably her, and not the amateurs on the show. So what’s up with all these arrogant assholes appearing on the show and completely ignoring her pearls of wisdom as if they know better?
I don’t get it. Do you get it? I want to get it.
Granted, at times Beeny doesn’t appreciate the restrictions of finances, consequently suggests pulling an extra 20k out of a tight hole to finance a 50ft extension, but let’s put those moments of insanity aside (forgive me, Beeny, but sometimes you need to get with reality).
What really gets on my cheesy tits is that the people that appear on Property Ladder obviously watch the show themselves, so they must have countlessly witnessed moments when the developers’ get their evaluations at the end. That’s usually when the penny drops, as the agent informs them that the property would have been worth infinitely more if only they had take on board one of Beeny’s suggestions (that got blissfully binned). Yet when the viewers go on the show themselves, they pull exactly the same shit. Mind boggling.
So, we’ve established it’s rarely about the free advice on offer.
So what’s it about? Is it to satisfy the thirst of those that thrive from attention; those that simply want to get their mug on TV? I used to think so until last week, on the 20th of November 2007, when Richard & Isabel made their appearance on the show.
You may remember them, they are terribly hard to forget! The episode was an absolute corker… for all the wrong reasons (or right, depending on your perspective).
The backlash of Richard & Isabel appearing on the show was not positive to say the least, not only for their piss-poor judgement and lack of development skills, but also as humans.
Isabel received the majority of the negative criticism. I think it’s fair to say that her development style wasn’t exactly orthodox and her personality came across as, well, you know… not great. It was truly a terribly frustrating watch.
I’d go as far as to say that they have been the least successful developers to appear on the show to date, for a various list of reasons.
Am I being harsh? Well, these folks on the Channel 4 forums seem to agree with me, so perhaps it is what it is….
La Beeny again demonstrating the patience of a saint – I dont think I would tire of slapping that stupid woman in a month of Sundays. The sheer arrogance of her (Isabel) when Sarah pointed out at the start that they could guarantee a nice profit from 2 flats but oh no it had to be an over personalised mish-mash house!
Of course, you can make up your own mind, ‘ere you go…
But be warned, it’s real tough watching.
Richard actually stumbled upon the Property ladder Chiswick thread in the Landlord Forums – where members discussed the shear horror of the episode – and made it clear that they were indeed human (good thing he cleared that up) and he didn’t appreciate the comments people made about Isabel.
While I did sympathise with him and understood why he was protecting his spouse, at the same time I couldn’t help but feel they (both Richard & Isabel) could benefit from not shoveling all the feedback under the rug. Either way, it was apparent that he didn’t like the attention the media had bought them.
So, like many, he didn’t take advantage from Beeny’s advice and didn’t appear to be craving from the attention, which brings me back to my initial question, why do people appear on Property Ladder if it’s not for the advice and it’s presumably not for the 30min of fame?
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