THE BIG ASK
The Outdoor Room
JAMIE DURIE and Jodie Rigby have an understanding on The Outdoor Room:— he gets to travel the world and she gets to dig a lot of holes.
The pair became good mates during eight years of Backyard Blitz, and Rigby was one of the first people Durie hired when he announced his latest TV venture.
Rigby stood on the sidelines in September when Durie and former Backyard Blitz star Scott Cam took pot shots at each other after Durie said ‘‘the beauty of this show is that you don’t have to be sick to get a garden’’ during a promotion stint for The Outdoor Room. Cam, host of Domestic Blitz, labelled Durie’s comments ‘‘very misguided and frankly offensive’’. How did TheOutdoorRoom come about? Did you just get a call from Jamie at some stage? I run my own garden design and construction company and I’d been building that up since Backyard Blitz finished. Jamie called me, saying ‘‘What are you doing, Riggers?’’— a lovely pet name that he has for me. He said, ‘‘You have to come and work on my show, babe.’’ How has your friendship developed with Jamie? We met when we shot the opener to Backyard Blitz. We didn’t know each other and we were all so green. It’s a love/hate relationship. We’re like brother and sister now. There’s never been anything going on between us — so many people ask— I don’t look at him like that at all. We have our moments. We challenge each other. We have our opinions, and all the time he’s wrong and I’m right. It’s fun for me because I tease him and knock him down to size. Some people think he takes himself too seriously, but he’s a really funny guy. He’s really kooky and quite goofy and I like to bring out that side in him. Do you think BackyardBlitz should have been axed when it was? We’d been very lucky with the run that we’d had— nearly eight years. I was happy with that. A lot of the feedback from the public was that it should have gone on, but everything has a shelf life. We’d worked really hard— 16-hour days— and I was doing all the research, so I was pretty exhausted by it all. Even though it was sad to be apart from everyone, it was done. Scott stayed with Nine and Jamie switched to Seven. They had a stoush recently. It was a bit weird. I think that was blown out of proportion. I’d like to put something on the record. Jamie and I have done many interviews and one of the questions we always get asked is, ‘‘Do you have to be sick to get a garden?’’ So when he said ‘‘you don’t have to be sick’’, it’s something he says in a lot of interviews. I think the timing was just really bad and it was taken totally out of context. When you’re not creating gardens, you’re creating music. I hear you’re a pretty good drummer. Drumming is a very physical thing. I had lessons for five years when I was young and I’ve been playing for 12 or 13 years now. I just finished with a rock band about three months ago. Unfortunately, I cut my finger open and had to get stitches. I couldn’t play a couple of gigs so they slotted in someone else. Do you write any of your own songs? I do— sort of girly folk music. One of my favourite artists is Tori Amos. I just bought a piano recently. I’ve always wanted to learn piano. And I play a bit of guitar too. I did some karaoke in Japan and let me tell you, I rocked!