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Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE BOX - / HOLLY BYRNES

He’s been the undis­puted star of this year’s “ren­o­vated” House Rules re­al­ity series on Seven, with his naughty streak — as much as his de­sign tal­ents — prov­ing a win­ner with view­ers.

And that saucy side was on full show when Lau­rence Llewe­lyn-Bowen al­lowed Seven’s Sun­day Night into his lav­ish UK home.

This week, the cheeky 52year-old in­tro­duces host Mel Doyle to his wife of 28 years, Jackie, their two daugh­ters and first grand­son, Al­bion.

While Bowen has been quick to dish out the crit­i­cism on the top-rat­ing DIY pro­gram, his wife swiftly sets the record straight when it comes to how his TV per­sona would wash at home, telling Doyle: “If he’d com­mented on the meals that I have cooked the way he com­ments on peo­ple’s houses, he’d have been shown the door.”

It’s a softer side to the pro­fes­sional stir­rer, who has elec­tri­fied House Rules and put the cat among the pi­geons with his fel­low judges.

“I was teas­ing Wendy [Moore, co-star and magazine di­rec­tor] and say­ing she’s sur­rounded by Drew, who’s a bit of a Peter Pan and I’m Cap­tain Hook. She is lit­er­ally Wendy Dar­ling, caught be­tween two naughty lost boys.”

WATCH SUN­DAY NIGHT, SEVEN, 8.30PM

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