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Channel 4 has commissioned a pioneering new daytime series which will offer two strangers the opportunity to get their foot on the property ladder.  

Presented by Simon O’Brien, The Great House Giveaway (20x60') is a game changing property format, where in each programme two people who have never met and have never owned a home before will be given a lump sum to buy a property at auction. The pair will then have six months to revive the property into a habitable and desirable home.  If they don’t sell – the house goes back to auction.

Simon O’Brien comments: “I’m really excited to be fronting this hugely ambitious series for Channel 4. There are loads of rundown properties across the UK with huge potential for first time buyers ready to be brought back to life with some hard work and imagination. I know from experience that renovation can be both challenging and rewarding and I can’t wait to see what our budding developers achieve in their six months.”

Kate Thomas, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 Daytime comments: “For many people in the UK, owning their own property feels like an impossible daydream. In The Great House Giveaway we are giving some of those people the potentially life-changing opportunity to get their foot on the property ladder, but only if they work hard and work together.  This is an extraordinarily bold and ambitious concept, and it’s been pulled off brilliantly by Welsh indie Chwarel, who have been impressively nimble in getting these shows edited and delivered safely.”

The Great House Giveaway will begin on Channel 4 later this year.


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