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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - ANOOSKA TUCKER- EVANS Who’s Been Sleep­ing in My House? ABC1, Mon­day, 8pm

Ol­jato, a two- storey ‘‘ gen­tle­man’s’’ res­i­dence, was built to fit a wedge­shaped piece of land.

Its tri­an­gu­lar shape means it has an ex­tra­or­di­nary de­sign, with crazily an­gled cor­ners.

But what did the own­ers find be­hind a wall when they con­verted a stair­way?

While learn­ing the her­itage of their prop­er­ties was a truly fas­ci­nat­ing jour­ney for the home­own­ers, Ford says it was also one of mixed emo­tions.

‘‘ I think it was a bit of a roller­coaster for them to start off with,’’ he says.

‘‘ When they said yes, they im­me­di­ately re­gret­ted it as soon as they saw the ve­hi­cle turn up and the cam­eras be­ing un­packed and the sound guy. You could see peo­ple just go­ing, ‘ Oh, oh dear’.

‘‘ I think there were also a num­ber of houses where there was a nat­u­ral con­cern that we were go­ing to find some­thing that was per­haps not very nice or would per­haps af­fect the way they felt about their home. But as it went on ev­ery­one re­laxed and, with­out fail, we were able to an­swer ev­ery sin­gle ques­tion . . . posed, so by the end of it ev­ery­one was pretty much re­ally happy.’’

Per­haps most happy of all, though, was Ford him­self. Although this was his first time pre­sent­ing a tele­vi­sion se­ries, he says his nerves quickly evap­o­rated as he be­came hooked on the project.

‘‘ I kind of got over the trep­i­da­tion of bounc­ing in front of a cam­era be­cause I re­ally loved the whole idea,’’ he says.

‘‘ I en­joyed talk­ing to them [ the home own­ers] and be­ing able to find out these amaz­ing sto­ries for them. It was a real priv­i­lege ac­tu­ally.’’

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