Grand Designs UK: 100th Episode
Thursday, 8.30pm, LifeStyle My goodness, 100 episodes for Kevin McCloud and the Grand Designs team. Joyous, but if you are expecting someone to run on to the set with a cake and flowers, forget it. It’s business as usual for the grand old man of dream homes. McCloud, I feel sure, would have frowned on any sort of selfreferencing palaver, much as troupers on stage give their 100th performance exactly as they played their 99th. Coincidentally then — though that is a little hard to believe — the episode is a cracker. We follow male couple Leigh Osborne and Graham Voce as they convert and extend a landmark 150-year-old heritage-listed water tower in central London, a beast of a thing built for Lambeth Hospital workhouse in 1867. It is 30m tall and topped by a massive cast-iron tank that once held 173,000 litres of water. Not everyone would want to live in what is essentially a 10-storey home, even though additional structures including a lift-well will be added to make less of a chore of the endless stairs. But just wait until you see the views of London afforded by the floor-to-ceiling windows in the former water tank. One of the most remarkable transformations ever shown on the program, this is an episode no fan of the series should miss.