Expert view: the prince of property telly

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Ben Wilson – loves a bit of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
"There’s little better way to while away a rainy day or evening than kicking back with a few property programmes"
  • | by Ben Wilson

Right now, with the sun blazing, there’s nowhere I’d rather than be than out on my veranda, in my silken kimono, sipping a Campari cocktail.

That said, when the weather turns, there’s little better way to while away a rainy day or evening than kicking back with a few property programmes.

There’s certainly no shortage of them. Since about 1996, I’m pretty sure there’s been one on at least one channel, at any given time of the day or night.

Personally, I can’t get enough of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen – the tousle-haired property fop charmed me, along with countless other viewers, during his Changing Rooms heyday in the 1990s.

We’re so into watching houses being bought, sold and done-up at that we conducted a highly scientific study into the nation’s favourite property presenter.

We’ve collated the results and crunched the numbers, and our findings may surprise you.

Nick Knowles, of DIY SOS Fame, romped home to victory with a partition-smashing majority of the vote, beating the likes of laconic architecture expert Kevin McCloud and Location, Location, Location heart-throb Phil Spencer. Coveted 'Golden Helmets' are now winging their way to the winners as we speak (no, really).

As I looked out on another perfect Welsh sunset the other night, it struck me: maybe it’s Knowles’ easy, everyman charm that’s endeared him to the British public.

Ok, so maybe there are more adept property presenters with a hammer, like Handy Andy or Craig off Big Brother One. And maybe Sarah Beeney or Kirstie Allsopp could help you find a better home for your money, or sell it at the best price. And indeed, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen certainly knows his way around a set of drapes.

But none of them can really hold a candle – or a Black and Decker power sander, for that matter – to our Nick.

So, here’s to you Mr Knowles – you’re the undisputed king of property telly. The less said about your singing the better though...

Remember! If you’re inspired to indulge in any feats of DIY derring-do by the stars of the small screen, be sure to check your home insurance. You can read more on what you should (and probably shouldn’t) attempt in our sojourn through the world of home improvement.