DURIE’S STILL DOWN TO EARTH
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