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Nation's favourite property shows, presenters and ideal homes

Wednesday 24 May 2017

The country's favourite property-themed television shows, presenters and iconic homes have been revealed in a new survey.

DIY SOS, fronted by Nick Knowles, was voted as Britain’s favourite television property show in the survey of 700 people, conducted by Gorkana, for My Home Move.

The show took 19 per cent of the vote, with Grand Designs rated a close second, on 18 per cent, while Homes Under the Hammer, on 17 per cent, Location, Location, Location, at 16 per cent and Escape to the Country, with 9 per cent, took the other top spots.

And Nick Knowles, who fronts DIY SOS, was also named as Britain's  favourite property show presenter, collecting 21 per cent of the vote.

Kevin McCloud, of Grand Designs, came in second with 12 per cent, followed by Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer, both of Location, Location, Location, on 10 per cent apiece, while Martin Roberts, of Homes Under the Hammer, scored 9 nine per cent.

Doug Crawford, CEO of My Home Move, said: "Property is a very British obsession, so naturally there are many programmes on our television dedicated to properties of all shapes and sizes.

"What the results show is that property is aspirational; whether it’s improving the properties that we own or building and buying the properties we dream about."

In addition, respondents to the survey were asked what ideal property would make up their ideal home.

The fictional estate in Downton Abbey came in first, followed by the Southfork Ranch, as seen in Dallas. Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry came in third.

Mr Crawford added: "The properties the nation has chosen as their dream homes are interesting, as they are all unique in their own ways.

"Home ownership and the type of property we own in the UK has typically been an indicator of social status; the bigger the property is, the more successful we are, so it’s no surprise that the Nation’s dream home is that of the Earl of Grantham.

"It seems that while the public prefers the ‘good-news’ story of people coming together to help those in needs, the industry recognises and uses the educational value of property shows.

"Either way, the nation’s obsession with property continues to be reflected in the variety of property shows on our screens, and I am sure we will see more of them in the years to come."

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