De­sign­ing WAYS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Close - – Deb­bie Schipp

As a land­scap­ing ex­pert and gar­den­ing and life­style tele­vi­sion host, Bren­dan Moar has un­der­taken some pretty am­bi­tious as­sign­ments.

When he signed on as host and judge of The Ren­o­va­tors, he knew the show was go­ing to be big. He knew he was wrong the minute he first stepped into the cav­ernous Syd­ney ware­house that is the per­ma­nent home for Ten’s new re­al­ity ren­o­va­tion show.

“It wasn’t big. It was mas­sive,” says Moar. “I re­alised this show was a mam­moth beast and I was des­per­ately happy to be part of it.”

Moar will front the show along­side for­mer Vogue Liv­ing ed­i­tor Robyn Holt, ar­chi­tect Peter Ho and Bondi mas­ter builder Barry Du Bois.

Moar is known to pay-TV au­di­ences as a pre­sen­ter for Dry Spell Gar­den­ing on the Life­Style Chan­nel and is the only one of the new crew with tele­vi­sion ex­pe­ri­ence. He and his co­horts would rather The Ren­o­va­tors be com­pared to Ten’s MasterChef than to Nine’s The Block.

“This is MasterChef with nuts and bolts. No cou­ples, they all have some ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s ev­ery con­tes­tant for them­selves and it’s mam­moth,” Moar says.

“The dif­fer­ence be­tween us and The Block will be crys­tal clear as soon as the show goes to air. Of course, they share the same space in that they’re the same genre and sub­ject mat­ter.

“Yet there is space for both shows – that goes with­out say­ing. The beauty of The Block is the way they throw peo­ple into houses and they have to live with the ren­o­va­tions around them. The Ren­o­va­tors is done on a far vaster scale. The ware­house and chal­lenge com­po­nent is dif­fer­ent, and then there are the houses.”

For Moar, merg­ing his ideas on land­scape de­sign with those of his fel­low judges on styling, con­struc­tion and ar­chi­tec­ture has pro­vided plenty of great tele­vi­sion mo­ments, lively de­bates and learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence all round and the four quickly es­tab­lished a close work­ing re­la­tion­ship.

“By the time a whole house [code-named ‘Toby’ to keep the 26 con­tes­tants off the scent] was brought in by road from Queens­land as part of an early chal­lenge, we four were on as much of a high as the con­tes­tants were,” Moar says.

The Ren­o­va­tors be­gins this week with one-hour shows be­fore set­tling into a six-nightly stripped for­mat next week. As it un­folds, the con­tes­tants face a se­ries of pres­sure-based tests.

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