So much Moar

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DEB­BIE SCHIPP

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.

The Ren­o­va­tors,

TDT, Mon 8.40pm; Tues 8pm; Wed/ Thurs 8.30pm

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