House Rules

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 7.30pm, Seven It hasn’t been the rat­ings bonanza Seven hoped for, but then House Rules, a home ren­o­va­tion se­ries from the mak­ers of the very suc­cess­ful My Kitchen Rules, com­petes with The Block Sky High for limited space in the hearts of view­ers. You see, I have this un­prov­able the­ory that peo­ple will in­vest in only one genre se­ries at a time, es­pe­cially when they are be­ing asked to tune in five or six nights a week. Also, House Rules comes on a half hour later to com­pete, on Mon­days at least, with rat­ings killer The Voice. Still, no­body can say House Rules isn’t a wor­thy con­tender. It is fast mov­ing, great to look at, flows smoothly and fea­tures a stun­ning twist: the com­pet­ing cou­ples must ren­o­vate each other’s homes with­out con­sul­ta­tion. My good­ness, that should make the re­veals of the fin­ished houses well worth watch­ing. strong: pro­vide a com­pas­sion­ate think tank to ob­serve as ef­fec­tively as de­tec­tives for clues, hid­den mo­ti­va­tions and emo­tional black­mail. In this de­but episode, meet Ian, a man who has been turned into a vir­tual slave to his fam­ily’s farm in the Cotswolds at the hands of his blath­er­ing, old and next-to-use­less un­cles, who know ev­ery­thing and do noth­ing. It is a bit of a trans­for­ma­tion myth, with the far too nice Ian, 48, in the Cin­derella role. The un­cles are well in­ten­tioned but don’t re­alise the bur­dens they place on Ian’s shoul­ders. Trust me, tears will be shed. hard­core spies are jeop­ar­dised. There is one other slight prob­lem: while El­iz­a­beth’s loy­alty to Rus­sia is un­wa­ver­ing, Philip is be­gin­ning to think that maybe the US isn’t so bad. The Amer­i­cans has all the in­ten­sity and drama of Home­land, which it re­sem­bles in many ways, but with lovely comic and ro­man­tic mo­ments. Flash­backs to the 60s in the mother­land slowly flesh out the char­ac­ters’ mo­ti­va­tion. A long ac­tion se­quence at the be­gin­ning of this de­but episode is ac­com­pa­nied by an ex­tended ver­sion of Fleet­wood Mac’s Tusk. Con­vinc­ingly, it is the 80s. Ex­cel­lent.

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