Grand De­signs

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 7.30pm, ABC1 The prob­lem for Grand De­signs, the home con­struc­tion pro­gram now in a 10th sea­son, is that it can be for­mu­laic. Meet the cou­ple, see a 3-D pro­jec­tion of their new home, then sit around while host Kevin McCloud mon­i­tors events and the cou­ple pro­ceeds through the fires of hell, also known as build­ing a dream home. Happily, sea­son 10 of­fers some fresh ap­proaches. In this episode, re­tired univer­sity pro­fes­sors Celia Brack­en­ridge and Diana Woodward, who have been a cou­ple for 25 years, take an even larger gam­ble than usual by risk­ing their life sav­ings on a group of trendy young de­sign­ers who aren’t even ar­chi­tects. They are go­ing to build the world’s first com­puter cut house. Yes, a fac­tory in­side a pack­ing con­tainer will knock out what ap­pear to be ply­wood boxes —‘‘gi­ant Lego blocks’’ — on site. No heavy lift­ing then, even for self-des­ig­nated ‘‘ weeds’’ such as McCloud. A break­through con­struc­tion process that Brack­en­ridge hopes will en­cour­age more women to self-build. two-hour marathon. The Voice of Aus­tralia, 2013, will be named and we can all have our Mon­days back. A great sea­son with the most amaz­ing vo­cal tal­ent un­earthed this cen­tury. And, if the four-judge ver­sion of Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca rang your bell last week, look out for duets with each team’s judge and con­tender. Will the win­ner be Celia Pavey, Danny Ross, favourite Har­ri­son Craig or honey-voiced Luke Kennedy? A rol­lick­ing night in. back into so­ci­ety af­ter be­com­ing a killing ma­chine for his coun­try, were ex­cel­lent. In this episode, Mac­don­ald trav­els to Moscow to get a glimpse in­side the world of Rus­sia’s elite.

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