So much Moar
AS A landscaping expert and lifestyle television host, Brendan Moar has tackled some pretty ambitious assignments. When he signed on as host and judge of The Renovators, he knew the show was going to be big.
He knew he was wrong the minute he first stepped into the cavernous Sydney warehouse that is the permanent home for TDT’s new reality renovation show. ‘‘ It wasn’t big. It was massive,’’ Moar says. ‘‘ I realised this show was a mammoth beast and I was desperately happy to be part of it.’’ Moar ( pictured) will front the show alongside former Vogue
Living editor Robyn Holt, architect Peter Ho, and Bondi master builder Barry DuBois. Best known to pay-TV audiences as the presenter of
Dry Spell Gardening on the LifeStyle Channel, Moar is the only one of the new crew with television experience. This means when he likens The Renovators to
MasterChef, he’s not just talking about the way the show unfolds with 26 contestants and a series of pressure-based challenges. When MasterChef began, its three chef judges were television unknowns. Now Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Garry Mehigan are household names. Moar and his cohorts would rather their show be compared to
MasterChef than The Block. ‘‘ The difference between us and
The Block will be crystal clear as soon as the show goes to air,’’ Moar says.
‘‘ The beauty of The Block is the way they throw these people into these houses and they have to live with the renovations around them.
‘‘ The Renovators is done on a far vaster scale. The warehouse and challenge component is vastly different, and then there are the houses.
‘‘ This is MasterChef with nuts and bolts. No couples, they all have some experience. It’s every contestant for themselves and it’s mammoth.’’
For Moar, merging his ideas on landscape design with those of his fellow judges on styling, construction and architecture has provided plenty of great television moments, lively debates and learning experiences all round. It’s also established a close working relationship quite quickly among the four. ‘‘ By the time they’d brought a whole house in, brought by road from Queensland as part of an early challenge, we four were on as much of a high as the contestants,’’ he says.
The house was code-named Toby, reveals Holt, to keep the contestants off the scent of the challenge. ‘‘ It was ’ Is Toby here yet? Bring in Toby’,’’ she laughs. For Moar, it was a hell of a way to kick-start proceedings. ‘‘ In that first week, when they’d brought in a house and paid equal attention to the intricacies of driving in a nail, I knew I was working on something special.’’
The Renovators starts tomorrow with a series of one-hour shows this week, before settling into a regular six-nightly format the following week.
TDT, Mon 8.40pm; Tues 8pm; Wed/ Thurs 8.30pm