Home truths about a clash of styles that’ll make fascinating viewing
SWITCH on the TV or set the DVD recorder for this second series of May the Best House Win, which is pure property porn.
The show, a must for nosey parkers and pop psychologists, has a Come Dine With Me- style format that sees four contestants compete against each other for a £1,000 prize.
In each episode, four proud homeowners open their doors to each other and allow critical gazes to be cast on their interior decor. Properties are scored out of 10 on their style, comfort and homeliness, though the hospitality on offer is also taken into consideration.
One of the best episodes is on Thursday when home owners Joe Walker and Granville Danny Clarke from Barnsley and Victoria Delaney and Hilary Holt from Pudsey, near Leeds, battle it out.
First up is the ultra-modern minimalist party pad of Porscheowning heating engineer Joe and it couldn’t be more different to the home of fellow Barnsley resident Granville Danny Clarke.
Artist, poet and musician Danny lives at Huskar Cottage, two-up, two-down otherwise known as Clutter Cottage, and admits he is the male Miss Havisham.
“I’d describe my interior style as Dickensian,” he says.
“I love antiques and I never throw anything away. In fact my house is my muse,” says Danny, who has appeared on TVS Watercolour Challenge and was one half of the Foggy Dew-o folk duo in the 1960s.
His favourite shopping haunt is Wilby’s auction house, though the auctioneer often tells him to put his hand down when he tries to bid.
“He knows what my house is like and he says to me: ‘Danny. Do you really need this? You’ve nowhere to put it.’ and I’ll cry: ‘but it’s a bargain’.”
Danny enjoyed filming for May the Best House Win, though he says his home is very different to the other three properties in the contest.
“Joe has sticky up hair and tattoos and his house is big and modern. Victoria’s home seems to have a French theme, while Hilary’s is also modern.
“Mine is very individual and it also doubles as a studio so there’s not much space.”
Shiver productions, which makes the series, says Hilary has a super-clean 1970’s home where dust is not allowed. She also reveals her dislike of anything with “character”, which doesn’t bode well for Danny. Victoria’s family home has more than a touch of the Copacabanas about it, while Joe shows off his cravat-wearing cats and reveals where he keeps his “undercrackers”. It’s all top entertainment. Meanwhile, Lloyds TSB Home Insurance has launched a competition inviting you to post a photo of your favourite room online for the chance to win £10,000.
The competition runs until January 9, 2012. Visit www. lloydstsbmyfavouriteroom.co.uk