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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - De­mo­li­tion Man,

It has been said that the three most im­por­tant things in re­al­ity tele­vi­sion are cast­ing, cast­ing and cast­ing. How Fox­tel stum­bled on to the sin­gu­lar junk collector Lawrie Voutier, hail­ing from coun­try Vic­to­ria, is any­one’s guess. But the re­sult­ing se­ries is rol­lick­ing good fun.

The punch line is, of course, that Lawrie isn’t any old di­shev­elled dealer, de­spite his em­ploy­ees say­ing he looks like a “hobo”. He is in fact a very wealthy man, if his sprawl­ing man­sion is any in­di­ca­tion. “Where you see may­hem, Lawrie sees money,” the nar­ra­tor in­tones. Quite.

In this pre­miere episode, we meet his right­hand man Benny “The Hu­man Crane” as they sal­vage some ruby-etched stained glass from a soon-to-be-de­mol­ished coun­try cot­tage.

Lawrie buys some vin­tage farm gates from an­other crusty old junk­yard owner, be­fore con­tin­u­ing down the road and sell­ing them for twice the price to a buyer he had al­ready lined up. De­mo­li­tion Man He then uses the profit to buy even more ob­jects from the sec­ond fel­low.

Then it ap­pears Lawrie and his crew might have bit­ten off more than they can chew when they try to move a large pi­ano them­selves. “It didn’t go to plan be­cause we didn’t have a plan,” says Benny.

Lawrie is com­pletely un­pre­ten­tious, very pas­sion­ate about his hum­ble trade, and be­neath the gruff ex­te­rior, ap­pears to love his fam­ily and to be at least fond of his work­ers. “I just … love junk,” he says.

“This my yard. It’s full of shit but you have to go through the shit to find the good bits.” No doubt a sound phi­los­o­phy for life.

His wife Sue, who has the thank­less job of keep­ing the ac­counts, de­scribes him at one point as a hoarder ... I sense a spin-off. Tues­day, 7.30pm, A & E.

Junk collector Lawrie Voutier with his as­sorted trea­sures in

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