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WHY isn’t Jamie Durie host­ing his own Aussie TV show? That’s the com­mon ques­tion when the 47-year-old land­scape ex­pert makes a rare ap­pear­ance on

The Liv­ing Room.

Durie used to be one of our most pop­u­lar pre­sen­ters with hit shows Back­yard Blitz and

The Block but in re­cent years he has mostly dis­ap­peared from our screens. His last ma­jor lo­cal show was 2011’s Top De­sign,

which floun­dered in the rat­ings and lasted just nine episodes.

“If there were more (tele­vi­sion) gigs I would cer­tainly be here (Aus­tralia),” Durie says. “The op­por­tu­ni­ties that have come through of late haven’t been ones I’ve wanted.

“I’ve al­ways be­lieved in au­then­tic tele­vi­sion. If you can’t be truly pas­sion­ate about what you do on cam­era the view­ers will de­tect that in a mo­ment.”

Durie fol­lows his pas­sion. His gar­den de­sign books con­tinue to be best­sellers. His land­scape de­sign ven­tures have won nu­mer­ous awards.

He is also heav­ily in­volved in prod­uct de­sign.

The US has been home to most of his more re­cent TV work, mainly for the HGTV chan­nel with Show­down, Dream Home and Green Home.

Durie’s pas­sion comes through on this week’s episode of The Liv­ing Room when he helps a cou­ple, Troy and Jess, cre­ate a per­ma­cul­ture gar­den. “This seg­ment is so rel­e­vant,” Durie says. “Troy is truly pas­sion­ate about nu­tri­tional fresh or­ganic pro­duce for his fam­ily and he is pas­sion­ate about Aus­tralian na­tive plants.”

Durie says The Liv­ing Room,

with Amanda Keller, Dr Chris Brown, Barry Du Bois and Miguel Maestre, is the per­fect ve­hi­cle for him to keep spruik­ing the joys of a gar­den while hav­ing fun along the way.

“We’re like a bunch of mates hav­ing a laugh and en­joy­ing that with the view­ers. For me, The Liv­ing Room is the per­fect gig be­cause it al­lows me to be in Aus­tralia and film seg­ments that I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about.” / COLIN VICK­ERY

WATCH THE LIV­ING ROOM, Chan­nel 10, Fri­day, 7.30pm

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