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Property series. Ed Hall and Jonny Benarr come to the aid of a man forced to house hunt with his mother in law in Stamford.


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-Hello and welcome.

-Today, we are in the villages of South Lincolnshire.

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And if we can weave our magic correctly, it will soon become home

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to one of the bravest people we've ever had on the programme.

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On To Buy Or Not To Buy today, we are featuring

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probably one of the bravest people we have ever had on the programme.

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That's right. Today's buyer Mark was in the Army for over seven years,

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serving Queen and country.

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That's not why he's brave. I mean, he WAS for doing that, but that's not the reason I was thinking.

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Right, yes. Mark cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats and back again, raising thousands for charity.

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-That's great, heroic and brave - but he's not brave for that, either.

-No? What is it, then?

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It's the work thing. Mark is in the Fire Service, saving people from burning buildings.

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-He is a phenomenal guy, beautiful and brave, but that is also not the reason why he's brave.

-Really?

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The reason he's brave is he's on the show with his mother-in-law.

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-That IS brave.

-Brave, indeed.

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'Coming up on To Buy Or Not To Buy... Jonny's sales pitch gets off to a bad start.'

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Barn conversion you alluded to. It isn't, but it's got that sort of feel to it.

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It was an old bakery!

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It was a bakery? That's almost the opposite.

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-'There is harsh words from the mother-in-law.'

-A little office.

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-A collection of...is it radios?

-Don't think of that. Think of what you could do with this room.

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-'But, luckily, to every problem...'

-Every woman should have one of these.

-'..we provide a solution.'

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Every man should have this option.

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-Our buyers today are Mark and Liz.

-Between them, they make up two of the three emergency services.

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-Mark's a fireman and Liz is a police officer.

-They met at the Police and Fire World Games

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in Canada a couple of years ago, when love blossomed over an isotonic drink and a power bar.

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-You mentioned a mother-in-law?

-I did. Liz's job as a Royal Protection Officer means she's working.

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-So her mum, Jean, has been drafted in to help Mark with his search.

-Good luck, Mark. You'll need it.

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-This is a treat for all of us. Mark, you're a very brave man. The mother-in-law is here!

-Hello!

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-I'm very pleased to be here.

-We're pleased you're here, as well.

-Liz couldn't make it.

-No, sadly.

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-I don't want to go into specifics, but Liz does a brilliant job.

-She certainly does.

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She's a police officer with the Met and she is with the Royals at the moment.

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-Does she meet all of the Royals?

-Well, not personally on a day-to-day basis.

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-Is she hiding up a tree?

-Has she got a favourite?

-Oh, no...

-You can't reveal that!

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So you've been furnished with information of what to look out for. Start there. What's she looking for?

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-She wants a house in a community...

-Mm-hm.

-..where she can...

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Where there's a shop and a pub.

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-Are we talking villages?

-Villages, really.

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-But I think Mark's got different ideas.

-Oh, OK. So we've already got conflict right at the start.

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-Go on.

-It's the only thing where we're really...

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-not massively at variance.

-Come on.

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I'd like to be just no neighbours, middle of nowhere,

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country lane, no houses.

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Are you prepared to compromise? Clearly, Liz will call the shots!

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-Would you be able to deal with living in a rural community?

-I think we could compromise.

-All right.

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We both want the same thing for the house.

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OK, regardless of location, for the time being, what does this place look like?

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Erm, we're looking at whether it's semi-detached, detached.

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Erm...three to four bedrooms.

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-We're talking more olde worlde, rather than new.

-OK.

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-Is this all correct, Jean? Describe the look of it.

-I can see it being

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-like a stone-built nice barn, perhaps.

-Oh, OK.

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-Look at this!

-An animal house.

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-Did Liz give you this or is this Jean speaking?

-I've got to stop that, haven't I?

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But an old property. Not a new modern one.

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Let's talk about areas. You're after a character property. That's what we're aiming towards.

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We looked in North Lincolnshire, then we ventured this way on the way home.

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-We saw Stamford and went...

-Wow!

-Ahhh! We love it.

-It's lovely.

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-So areas around Stamford we can have as our central point and go around there?

-Yeah.

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How have you settled on Lincolnshire as the place?

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It's sort of the fact that we're living in Leicestershire now.

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We like the area and we're sort of looking in between Jean living in Essex

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and my mum living in Lancashire. It's sort of a mid-ground.

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Now with your sports, I'm guessing lots of equipment happens and you need things nearby.

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-What can't you live without? What do you need to store?

-I can answer that.

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It's got to have outbuildings so I lose the motorbike in my garage, which is Liz's,

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there's a surfboard in her bedroom that I want to go, and all her bits.

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-So it's got to have an outbuilding to get my house free of clutter.

-Finally,

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-what are you bringing to the party?

-10 bikes...

-10?!

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-A motor home.

-Right.

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-A windsurfer.

-And the surfboard.

-And the surfboard.

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And then all the equipment that goes with triathlon, really.

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-All the Lycra you can handle!

-Yes!

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So a lot, an awful lot of stuff.

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I've got a question. I imagine the answer is positive.

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You're a firefighter. Have you done a saucy calendar shoot?

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-Yes, I've done the calendar.

-Oh, yes. It's in Liz's bedroom.

-You see!

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-Should have brought it along. It's quite good.

-I'm relieved you didn't!

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Can you do us the April face?

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No!

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All right. Your requirements aren't too strict.

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Is there anything else? Beyond the excessive amount of storage?

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Liz's requirements are large, nice dining/kitchen.

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-And a granny annexe. She didn't say that, but I have.

-No, she didn't.

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So...we're at the point now. We've got a lot of stuff to store.

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How much money have we got?

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We're talking around 250.

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-250.

-That sort of Stamp Duty level.

-Yes, try to keep it below if we can.

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-You are prepared to spend up to 250. That's the budget to purchase at.

-Yeah.

-So we could have a haggle zone

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-to haggle back to 250?

-Yeah.

-Works for me.

-We'll disappear now.

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-Anything you've forgotten about is now irrelevant. All right, we'll see you later.

-OK, thanks.

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Everything I learnt from Les Dawson seems to be wrong.

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-Mother-in-law and son-in-law in perfect harmony. Lovely.

-Goes against everything we've learnt.

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The biggest concern is will we get the face of April from Mark? That's my big concern.

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-Houses, we're fine.

-The other big concern is finding the property they're after. We have a battle -

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mother-in-law, son-in-law. Liz's wants represented by Jean, with Mark on the other side.

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-Do we go isolated, semi-rural?

-I think we play to Liz's wants.

-Yeah.

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Today's search takes us to the villages around Stamford and Bourne in Lincolnshire.

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Stamford is a historic town, mainly built in the Jacobean and Georgian periods.

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-It has over 600 listed buildings.

-It was the first town to be declared a conservation area, back in 1967.

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Nearby, RAF Wittering is the home of the Harrier jump jet,

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-which first came into service in 1969 and is still flying today.

-Incredible.

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The picturesque town of Bourne, about ten miles north of Stamford, was home to a motor sport legend.

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British Racing Motors, BRM, achieved Grand Prix success

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back in the '60s with Graham Hill winning the 1962 world championship in a car built here in Bourne.

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But now it's time to feast your eyes on our selection of properties in other rural areas of the UK.

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How about this detached barn conversion in Penzance?

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The two bed property is finished to a high standard, with exposed wood and stone

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giving it a rustic, yet contemporary, feel.

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Or how's about this detached 1930s home in Prestatyn, Wales?

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It boasts four bedrooms, a large Shaker-style kitchen, garage and off-street parking.

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And last, but certainly not least, there's this four-bed home, just south of Beverley in Yorkshire.

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With a beautiful contemporary decor

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and lovely gardens, it could be yours for...

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But now it's time for me to make an appearance back in Stamford.

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The magnificent Burghley House, on the outskirts of Stamford,

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is one of the principal examples of 16th-Century Elizabethan architecture.

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Our buyers today have a budget of around £250,000.

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-And they do like Stamford.

-Everybody likes Stamford, but £250,000 doesn't get you a lot.

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Built by William Cecil, it comprises of 35 principal rooms and 80 lesser rooms.

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The roof alone is 3/4 of an acre.

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The further east they come, the cheaper the houses will become and the more choice you'll get.

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-How is the market around here?

-I'd say it seems fairly stable.

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Prices aren't shooting up or crashing down. Good quality properties are still being sold.

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That's how it's always been.

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It's been featured in Pride and Prejudice, The Da Vinci Code and today it's made the A-list

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and is on To Buy Or Not To Buy. Lucky you, Burghley House. Lucky you.

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-Right, we've got some absolute gems.

-We have. We've played to both Mark and to Liz,

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Liz, of course, being played by the character of Jean.

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Property One is positioned more towards Liz.

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It has got character, which they asked for. It is detached.

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-And it has parking for their camper van.

-Has it got enough storage?

-Plenty of storage.

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Nothing can possibly go wrong. Here's my choice, Property One.

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Now Property Two, my beauty, I have played to Mark's desire for the middle of nowhere.

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I'm kind of the middle of nowhere, but also the middle of somewhere.

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The house is very, very big. There is a phrase I often use, "there's an elephant in the room".

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There are several elephants in the room with this property.

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-Basically, it's a zoo.

-If they can get over those issues, they get a lot of house for not a lot of money.

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-It's a cracker.

-The wild card. As Mark is here and Liz isn't,

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we've also directed this one more towards Mark's needs. "No immediate neighbours."

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-That's what Mark is after.

-If you plan to come on the programme and the wife can't make it,

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-you will be favoured heavily. It's a beautiful house.

-It is.

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It's a little bit out of their area, to demonstrate that you can get more bang for your buck.

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-So those are the houses. Where shall we start?

-Property One?

-Jonny's one.

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My choice is in the lovely Lincolnshire village of Langtoft, nine miles east of Stamford.

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It's a three-bed converted bakehouse with all the extras Mark asked for.

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It'll be hard to beat this one.

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OK, here we go, Property 1.

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Jean, Mark, welcome. We're in Langtoft.

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Immediately for you, this isn't isolated and rural.

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-This is more geared for Liz's needs.

-Right.

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We're in Camp Jean with the kind of property I hope you were describing.

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-Characterful, a barn conversion was something you alluded to.

-It was.

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-It isn't, but it's got that feel. It was an old bakery.

-It's not that at all, but it was a bakery!

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-Almost the opposite.

-First impressions?

-Well, I liked it.

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It looks really nice...

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-from the outside.

-It's ticking a few boxes for me.

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You probably think it's a cottage, head-ducking problems. Do not worry about that.

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We've got knee pads for you!

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There is an Achilles' heel. I won't flag it up just yet. You will notice it.

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But it's a worthwhile compromise, to give you something extra special upstairs. Mystery!

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The main dilemma is, is this too built-up an area?

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-Initially, yes.

-For you, this is.

-For me, yes.

-Let's get a word from Liz, as Jean.

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Liz would accept it. There's a church there, a village hall. It's a community.

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Exactly what you're after. OK, what's it going to deliver inside that'll make you happy?

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-It's got to have a bit of wow factor. I'm still...

-See? Look at that!

-There you go.

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-Look at that.

-It's a Hummer!

-Pulling a caravan!

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-A little bit too busy.

-So you need the wow factor to get over that. There's a car!

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-People driving(!)

-Look for the wow factor. It might come in the form of a rabbit. Go!

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-There is genuinely a rabbit in this house, folks.

-Its name is Doughnut and it wanders around.

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-That's a fact. Shall we?

-Hop to it?

-Come on.

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Very nice, Mark.

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-Is it a working fire? Could be?

-Could be.

-'Is it?

-Yes.'

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-It is.

-Just needs a quick chimney sweep. The current vendor just doesn't want baked rabbit.

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-There it is.

-Is that Doughnut?

-Yeah.

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Rabbit stew tonight.

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-Nice.

-Yeah.

-So far.

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I like it.

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-It's decorated lovely, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-I think Liz would like it.

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It's just...

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The only issue is size. If it was bigger, but a similar kind of style, it would be spot on.

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-Dining room, but it hasn't got a kitchen with it.

-No kitchen/diner.

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-It must be the kitchen next, so...

-I like it.

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I could certainly live with this as a dining room,

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but the whole living space is not that big.

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Could you...? No, you can't knock through. That's the stairs.

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-Or you'd take out your whole chimney.

-Kitchen now.

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-Very nice.

-Ah, now this is good, yeah.

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-So you can use a table in here.

-I like this. Lizzie would love this. She really would.

-Yeah.

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-Lizzie would love it.

-What is it?

-The kitchen.

-Good news.

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It's not perfectly ideal for the eating side,

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as in sitting relaxing while somebody else is cooking. It's not the perfect space for that.

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At the moment, when this broadcasts, Liz could be watching this programme

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-because she looks after the Royals with Liz.

-Think she calls her Liz?

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-Could do.

-They have the same name.

-They could be doing that now.

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The Queen will be saying, "I like it, Liz. You should move in there."

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-Is it a bathroom?

-It is a bathroom.

-It's been nicely done.

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-It reminds me of the Hitchcock movie.

-It's in need of a little bit of an update.

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You've got to have something to do in your spare time!

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The problem people have with downstairs bathrooms is they imagine themselves needing the toilet

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-between midnight and four o'clock.

-Yeah.

-And that bit kills them.

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-How often do you do that?

-Quite a lot.

-But you're older.

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OK, let's go up.

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Let's have a look left first. Mm, a nice bedroom. Master bedroom, I would say.

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-It looks like it.

-This is quite big, Mark.

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It's a good size. Could certainly fit our bed in.

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Right.

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-It's a good size for a third room.

-Yeah. Would I fit in here?

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-It's not too bad.

-What about a nursery room, Mark?

-Ideal, Jean, ideal.

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-Let's move on, shall we?

-Yeah.

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Oh, wow. This is a big room. This is it.

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That's the reaction from Jean I wanted. Come on, Mark!

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-It's...

-A pause, a stumble and a hesitation!

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When I walked in, I was thinking it would be a country cottage -

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chintz and that - but it isn't.

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I'm glad!

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I'm not sure what they want. Do they want chintzy? What is chintzy?

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-This is country with a modern twist. Ish.

-It's that nice blend between character and contemporary.

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They could easily revert it back to more character, without the contemporary.

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-Oh, it's quite a big garage.

-A good size.

-You couldn't get your motor home in here,

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-but motorbike, surfboard, rubbish...

-Lots of bikes, yeah.

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What's lovely, at no point has Jean stopped mentioning, "It could take the bikes and the surfboard

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"that are stored at MY house. Get them out. Out of my house!"

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-This is why Jean's here. Liz was available, but Jean wanted the stuff...

-She wants the most storage.

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Oh, wow. Look at this.

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-It's a...posh sun room?

-Yeah. This is nice.

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Ah. I could live here.

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-It's not a bedroom, Jean.

-I know. I could be invited to stay.

-It's certainly a surprise.

-Yeah.

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I didn't even know it existed.

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What is wrong with you two? That place is lovely. It's characterful, it's got the space

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-and it's got a gym outside.

-It's not got the space we want.

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I was going to say!

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You are outdoorsy people. Didn't want to give you too much inside.

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I want to encourage you to maintain your outdoor pursuits.

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-Jonny's initial thought of the Achilles' heel was the downstairs bathroom.

-Didn't phase you?

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-We've got one now.

-So that's fine.

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-What is the crux of the issue?

-Size of the living room. Not enough living space, really.

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-Good size dining room and... it's just not grabbing us.

-Just not catching us.

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Not giving you the vibe, the feeling that you want.

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Which is a shame. Outside is great. It's got all the storage you need.

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-It's a plus for me!

-Shall we play Guess the Price?

-You go first.

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-Straight in!

-We've got a maximum budget of £250,000.

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-Good luck with this. You don't know the area very well.

-I don't.

-Mark?

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-I'd say around 240.

-So 240's your number?

-240's the number.

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I would say...

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..one nine nine nine. 200.

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-You're saying 200.

-200,000.

-£200,000, OK.

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-I think I might be winning this.

-Yes. It's on the market for £269,950.

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-Wow! I was way out!

-You were. 70 grand, not bad(!)

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-Take it as a positive, Mark. It's a victory for you.

-What do you think?

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-Where's the next one?

-Come on!

-After you, please.

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Well, for my property I've come north of Stamford, to Little Bytham in the gorgeous countryside,

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for this classic Victorian home. This four-bed property

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will give Mark and Liz all the space they desire.

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Mark and Jean, we are at Property Two, the one you wished to be whisked away to after Property One.

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We are in Little Bytham. It may be the name of the village, but look at the size of this beauty.

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I don't want to compare it to Jonny's, but I'm going to.

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I would say maybe twice the size.

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-That's ludicrous.

-"Maybe" was there.

0:21:300:21:33

-Jean, I'm coming to you first. It's a little remote.

-I know.

0:21:330:21:37

-But the house is huge.

-I love it.

-You love it?

-I said that about the other one outside, but this...

0:21:370:21:44

-You changed your mind.

-I think this has got potential.

0:21:440:21:49

-Where do you think the potential is?

-It's next to the primary school, which is a bonus.

0:21:490:21:55

-I'm thinking of the future.

-That could easily have been a negative.

0:21:550:22:01

Not for me. The children have summer holidays, half-term.

0:22:010:22:06

OK, so the positive of the school from you, Jean. Thank you.

0:22:060:22:10

I thought that was an elephant in the room. The other elephant in the room

0:22:100:22:16

-is over that way. Have you seen it?

-I'd say that's a rhinoceros at the back.

-OK, go on.

0:22:160:22:22

A charging, rampaging rhino going through your living room every five, six minutes.

0:22:220:22:28

It's a little bit further away.

0:22:280:22:31

There's always a compromise in life.

0:22:310:22:34

The house has got to make up a lot inside. It looks great outside.

0:22:340:22:39

What I'll throw out there is that the outlook from the upstairs bedrooms

0:22:390:22:44

over these rolling fields is a beautiful vista. Just the shape of the fields.

0:22:440:22:50

-It's glorious.

-It is.

-We're loving it.

-I'm ticking boxes.

0:22:500:22:54

Brilliant. This is beautiful. You're the one that I'm worried about.

0:22:540:22:59

-So are you ready and excited?

-Yes.

-This could be the new home.

-I know.

0:22:590:23:03

-I can see myself in there.

-Quick! Before the rhino goes through! Go!

0:23:030:23:08

I can't hear anything!

0:23:080:23:10

Wipe your feet.

0:23:110:23:13

-Nice hall.

-More of a hallway here than the last time.

0:23:150:23:18

-Oh, it is nice. Yeah, I like this.

-It's still probably just as small as the other one.

0:23:180:23:25

-But it's...cosy.

-It feels a bit nicer.

-Double glazing.

0:23:250:23:29

Cosy can only be used within the term, "it feels cosy".

0:23:290:23:33

This is massive.

0:23:330:23:36

For 250 grand, environs of, massive, isn't it? Massive.

0:23:360:23:41

-Ah, I like the hall.

-That looks interesting.

0:23:410:23:44

-A little office. A collection of... Is it radios?

-Yeah, but don't think about that.

0:23:440:23:51

Think about what you could do here.

0:23:510:23:53

-She's good. She's focusing his mind.

-She's playing a really good role.

0:23:530:23:58

He's, "Oh, look at that radio."

0:23:580:24:00

-"No, listen, lad. Come on."

-Pulling him in. Concentrate.

0:24:000:24:05

A nice downstairs loo. Bathroom, shower.

0:24:050:24:09

-A shower room?

-Yeah, shower room.

-Providing we've got one upstairs, we're all right.

0:24:090:24:15

And then...dining room.

0:24:150:24:17

-Dining room/kitchen.

-Oh, this is nice. This is what you wanted.

0:24:170:24:22

-Yeah.

-I like it.

0:24:220:24:24

-Obviously, the kitchen needs ripping out and a new one put in.

-Yeah, but you can do that.

0:24:240:24:31

Mark, when he was in the Army, was in a part which assembled electrical stuff, built bridges...

0:24:310:24:37

Mark could build a kitchen in there lickety split. He could probably build it from things he finds here.

0:24:370:24:43

-He's not MacGyver.

-He could do that. He could do that.

0:24:430:24:47

-Ah.

-Let's have a look.

-A utility.

0:24:480:24:51

Oh, yeah. Every woman should have one of these.

0:24:510:24:55

-Oh, wonder what's behind there.

-And every man should have this option.

0:24:550:25:00

-I like it. Lizzie would love it.

-Yeah.

-She really would.

0:25:010:25:05

-We didn't get this in yours. We sort of got the...

-Meh.

0:25:050:25:10

-But it's happened here.

-Yeah.

-A train hasn't...

0:25:100:25:14

-A train's going past.

-There we go.

0:25:140:25:17

-TRAIN ROARS PAST

-You can barely hear it. That's the most important thing.

0:25:170:25:22

-A train going past?

-Was it?

0:25:220:25:24

-Up we go.

-Let's have a look at what they've got up here.

0:25:240:25:29

Another nice landing. I like this.

0:25:290:25:32

-Nice and spacious, Mark.

-Quite light, as well. Through here first?

0:25:320:25:36

It's another little... Ah, this is interesting.

0:25:360:25:40

-Another office.

-Wow.

-That's a good size.

-This is huge, yeah.

0:25:400:25:46

-See, they're all nice and big rooms.

-This is a single room, really, this one, isn't it?

0:25:460:25:52

-Yeah, but...

-Fantastic views.

-I know. I like it.

0:25:520:25:56

Lizzie, you'd like this.

0:25:560:25:59

-Oh, look! Another bathroom!

-Now that's...

-Brilliant.

0:25:590:26:04

-That's lovely.

-Yeah.

0:26:040:26:06

-A third bedroom.

-Third. Oh, gosh. Another big one.

0:26:060:26:11

Nice fitted wardrobes. I hope there's a bigger one. This isn't big enough for our bed.

0:26:110:26:18

This will be the telling, if it will hold your huge bed.

0:26:180:26:22

Yes! It's big.

0:26:220:26:24

-Lovely.

-Yeah, that's a better size, isn't it?

0:26:240:26:28

It's just perfect. Look, big bed there.

0:26:280:26:31

-And it has, again, lovely views.

-Yeah.

0:26:310:26:36

-So what have we got altogether? Four bedrooms?

-Yeah.

0:26:360:26:40

-Two bathrooms, shower room.

-Kitchen/diner.

0:26:400:26:45

-Living room, office.

-Lovely hall. The office, yeah.

0:26:450:26:49

The hall and the stairs and the landing is lovely.

0:26:490:26:53

It gives you space.

0:26:530:26:55

-It feels a nice atmosphere, but...

-You've got a "but".

0:26:550:27:00

There's always a "but".

0:27:000:27:03

-Mark and Jean... Jean, you love it.

-I did.

0:27:060:27:11

-I liked it!

-You didn't like it, you loved it! Did you dislike anything?

0:27:110:27:17

-Mark being negative about it.

-You disliked Mark's attitude!

0:27:170:27:22

-You were being realistic and pragmatic.

-The hall was nice and spacious.

-You loved the landing.

0:27:220:27:29

You see, I can see...children's toys and clothes all over the place.

0:27:290:27:35

I feel for you, mate.

0:27:350:27:37

It was referred to as a rhino, but you've been inside the house. Some trains have gone past.

0:27:370:27:43

Have you noticed them?

0:27:430:27:45

-Yes.

-No.

0:27:450:27:48

-I didn't hear them!

-Jean couldn't hear them!

-Think about the house, the practicalities of that.

0:27:480:27:54

How did the property work? I'll come to you, Mark!

0:27:540:27:58

The bathroom was pretty basic, the kitchen wants addressing, but overall, did it work for you?

0:27:580:28:04

It's all very workable. There's obviously great potential, if you like.

0:28:040:28:10

-Shall we play it?

-Yeah. It's 1-0 to you, Mark.

0:28:100:28:14

So your maximum budget is £250,000. Ed's found us a lovely property.

0:28:140:28:19

-Jean, you go first this time.

-I reckon 225.

0:28:190:28:24

-Again, ludicrously low.

-Is it?

0:28:240:28:27

I think Mark wins again.

0:28:270:28:29

-TRAIN PASSES

-Rhino!

0:28:290:28:31

-After the rhino's finished.

-That's a big one.

-They don't hang about for long.

0:28:310:28:38

-Carry on, sorry.

-I'd have a stab in the dark at 265.

0:28:380:28:42

OK.

0:28:420:28:44

Go on.

0:28:450:28:47

-Am I so low?

-You are.

0:28:470:28:50

You won the last time, Mark. You have won again.

0:28:500:28:53

You've ruined it. The actual price it is on for is offers over £250,000.

0:28:530:28:59

Price-wise, it's definitely there. And I think Liz would definitely have to come and see.

0:29:000:29:08

-There are a few jobs that need doing, as well.

-Yeah.

0:29:080:29:11

And we said if it was exactly what we wanted, possibly just changing curtains, that sort of thing,

0:29:110:29:19

-then we'd go to 260.

-Right.

0:29:190:29:21

But putting a new kitchen in...

0:29:210:29:24

-(Ask her.)

-I think we already have!

0:29:240:29:28

Jean, you love it so much, you could end up moving here.

0:29:290:29:33

Shall we have these discussions en route to the wildcard?

0:29:330:29:38

It's this way.

0:29:380:29:40

Yes, folks, it's that time again, the wildcard.

0:29:430:29:47

We're a little further away from Stamford and out towards The Fens, at the village of West Pinchbeck.

0:29:470:29:53

The property is a little rough, but will they see the potential?

0:29:530:29:58

OK, Mark and Jean, here is the third and final property, the wildcard.

0:29:580:30:03

Now, what do you think?

0:30:030:30:06

I think it's fantastic. I like it. I'm getting really good warm feelings and vibes.

0:30:060:30:12

Yeah, we'll have it.

0:30:120:30:15

-Jean, you've so far said this outside most properties!

-Did I?

-Well, kind of.

-I did, didn't I?

0:30:150:30:21

-It's brilliant.

-Really?

0:30:210:30:24

Setting couldn't be any better. I just want to go inside and see if it's as good as the outside.

0:30:240:30:31

This is all great news so far, fantastic news. Different area.

0:30:310:30:35

That's one reason it's the wildcard. You specified Stamford. We're a little bit further out.

0:30:350:30:42

Mark? Does it matter?

0:30:420:30:44

No.

0:30:440:30:46

-Honestly?

-That was one of my concerns driving down here,

0:30:460:30:52

-the fact that you can see for miles, it's flat.

-We're in The Fens.

0:30:520:30:56

There are no hills, but we're not far from the hills.

0:30:560:31:00

We're not that far from Stamford. I'd like to be closer, but possibly can't afford this

0:31:000:31:07

closer to Stamford, so I don't care.

0:31:070:31:10

-Compromise happening right there.

-Do you speak for you and Liz?

0:31:100:31:16

Yes.

0:31:160:31:17

-Liz...

-Jean, is that correct?

-I think so. I really do agree with him this time.

0:31:170:31:23

-"This time". Brilliant!

-OK, I want you to go inside and hope it doesn't let you down.

0:31:230:31:29

-OK.

-Good luck. Go!

0:31:290:31:32

Well, Mark, I like the outside. I wonder what the inside will be?

0:31:320:31:37

Stairs up there. Good.

0:31:370:31:40

-We're going through.

-Doorway is big enough.

-Oh, look, it's enormous!

0:31:400:31:47

It is...perfect.

0:31:470:31:49

-Ah.

-It's not your kitchen/diner, but you'd forego that, wouldn't you, for this lovely property?

0:31:490:31:57

-You'd have to see if we could do anything with it. It's not Liz's ideal kitchen.

-No.

0:31:570:32:03

-But the house is.

-Ah, this is good. Look.

0:32:030:32:07

-Ah, now that's a better size.

-It's huge.

0:32:080:32:12

-And we've got the open fire.

-Yeah.

0:32:120:32:16

-Ah, really, really good. I really like it, do you?

-Yeah.

0:32:160:32:21

In the house where Mark will raise his children, Mark can say, "Your grandma found this with me

0:32:210:32:27

"on a television programme." And they'll say, "What programme?"

0:32:270:32:32

He'll say, "The greatest TV programme ever, To Buy Or Not To Buy.

0:32:320:32:37

"The guy called Ed won an Oscar and Jonny... Who knows? Who knows where he went?"

0:32:370:32:45

Another... Oh, this is... I said this is what every woman wants.

0:32:450:32:49

That makes a big difference to the kitchen. You can have your washing machine...

0:32:490:32:55

-Unless it's a granny annexe.

-If you want to live in here.

0:32:550:32:59

-Jean is always trying to get herself a place to stay!

-Good girl.

0:32:590:33:03

-She's put some hard work in here.

-Two things she's tried, rather unsubtly, to get across -

0:33:030:33:09

-she wants grandkids and to live in.

-And to clear out her garage.

-True.

0:33:090:33:14

-And a big double garage.

-Yeah.

0:33:140:33:16

A-ha! I can see, dare I say,

0:33:160:33:21

-surfboard.

-Oh, brilliant space.

-Yeah.

0:33:210:33:24

Here we go! She's ticked the boxes now.

0:33:240:33:28

Every house, she's done it.

0:33:280:33:31

Bedroom one. Been used as an office.

0:33:310:33:34

Or a tiny little nursery, as I keep saying.

0:33:340:33:39

Yeah, you'd get a single bed in.

0:33:390:33:41

-Room two.

-The other room.

-It's a bit bigger.

0:33:410:33:45

-This could be the master room.

-It is.

0:33:450:33:48

-Get your great big bed in somewhere.

-The bed would have to go this way.

0:33:480:33:54

-I like it.

-It'd fit like that.

0:33:540:33:57

-A bit smaller.

-Ah, yes.

-But again...

-This wouldn't be your bedroom.

-No.

0:33:570:34:03

-This would be your room.

-It's where I'll be!

0:34:030:34:06

Does Jean think it's called You Must Buy You Have To Buy?

0:34:060:34:10

-She expects Mark to buy a house.

-There are estate agents thinking, "We need a Jean in our office

0:34:100:34:16

-"to go on every viewing with our clients."

-Even though it's constant positivity,

0:34:160:34:22

-it still seems fresh.

-There's a big bathroom.

-That's a bonus.

0:34:220:34:27

-Look at the size of that shower.

-I wouldn't say the inside grabs me as much as the outside does.

0:34:270:34:34

-The outside space is everything I want.

-Yeah.

0:34:340:34:39

Ho-ho! Hey-hey! A-ha!

0:34:390:34:42

So...you wanted to buy from the outside. You want to buy everything.

0:34:420:34:47

-But this time I mean it.

-You love it. Mark, you loved it from the outside and wanted to buy.

0:34:470:34:54

You went inside, you loved it, but we all spotted there was one area of compromise.

0:34:540:35:00

But it would seem it's not too much of a compromise.

0:35:000:35:05

-It's not too much. The "but" is obviously the kitchen.

-Yeah.

0:35:050:35:10

The kitchen-cum-diner doesn't quite work as it is,

0:35:100:35:14

-but I still think we can work with it.

-That's love, isn't it?

0:35:140:35:18

They only asked for one thing. "Just get me a kitchen/diner."

0:35:180:35:23

Now it's, "That's the one thing we can live without."

0:35:230:35:27

Let's look at the garden. This is a phenomenal plot it sits on. Just over half an acre.

0:35:270:35:34

It's gorgeous. Open views. How does this suit you?

0:35:340:35:38

Secluded. Not even a neighbour, really, even in sight.

0:35:390:35:44

Ample parking for the motor home, a double garage for all my bikes...

0:35:440:35:49

-Surfboard.

-Surfboard.

-Good work, Jean.

0:35:500:35:54

-I've got to get that in.

-Get it out of your house!

0:35:540:35:58

So it has gone very well indeed. The one thing that could scupper it is an inability to afford it!

0:35:580:36:04

Who would have thought that? Guessing the price time. Jean, you have been appalling.

0:36:040:36:10

-You have, but that's fine. Would you like to go first or second?

-First.

0:36:100:36:15

You'll go first. Right. A maximum budget of £250,000.

0:36:150:36:20

-You've lost every one so far. This is for pride.

-I reckon it will be a little bit more.

0:36:200:36:26

-Right.

-And I'd say...260.

-£260,000. OK.

0:36:260:36:32

We can all assume that's not the price, because it's your guess!

0:36:320:36:36

It might be! We never know. Mark, what do you think?

0:36:360:36:40

-I'll say 255.

-255.

0:36:400:36:42

-£5,000 underneath what Jean said. Unbelievable.

-He plays a shrewd game. It's a whitewash.

0:36:420:36:49

It's a win for you. Well done. Congratulations.

0:36:490:36:53

-Commiserations.

-He was nearer than I was?

0:36:530:36:57

Listen, Jean. It's bad news for the competition, but here comes the gold.

0:36:570:37:02

It's more important than you losing.

0:37:020:37:05

-The price of this property, the wildcard, is £225,000.

-Wow.

0:37:050:37:12

-Well below your budget.

-Yeah.

-And pretty much everything you want.

0:37:120:37:16

-I would still try to haggle.

-Everyone would haggle.

0:37:160:37:20

-You have pointed out a few things that need reworked.

-And we'll check out what the surveyor finds

0:37:200:37:26

and look at the potential of costs, et cetera.

0:37:260:37:30

Well, do you know what? We have a 45-minute episode, so whichever one you test drive,

0:37:300:37:36

you will get a non-legally binding survey with it. There you go.

0:37:360:37:40

-You have to get off and make the biggest decisions of your lives. Are you happy and excited?

-I am.

0:37:400:37:47

-I'd call an ambulance if you weren't. Head off over there and we'll see you later on.

-OK.

0:37:470:37:53

There we go. Three houses down. Which one will they test drive? You guys can have a recap.

0:37:530:37:59

My choice had the period feel and all the storage space,

0:37:590:38:03

but Mark seemed a bit lukewarm.

0:38:030:38:06

I've got to say Jean loved my Victorian four bed.

0:38:100:38:14

It was massive, with all the room they hoped for, but a compromise - the high-speed train line nearby.

0:38:140:38:20

The wildcard's magical powers are in evidence today.

0:38:230:38:27

-They both fell in love with it.

-Even the lack of a kitchen/diner and the flat Fens landscape was OK.

0:38:270:38:35

Mark, shiver my timbers! Goodness gracious me! What have you chosen to test drive? The wildcard!

0:38:420:38:48

-Jean, do you still love it?

-I do.

0:38:480:38:51

You do. So go on, then. I think we all know why, but why have you picked this one?

0:38:510:38:57

Probably more the outside space. And the look of the house from the outside, definitely.

0:38:570:39:04

-And its potential.

-We've had our surveyor come round and give it a thorough once over.

0:39:040:39:10

It's not legally binding and you'd have to get your own survey,

0:39:100:39:14

but it's a good heads up of what's involved.

0:39:140:39:18

You mentioned potential. It has it in abundance.

0:39:180:39:22

There's been some movement. We think it's most likely historical. Nothing recently,

0:39:220:39:28

so far as subsidence is concerned, but you'd do a more in-depth survey.

0:39:280:39:32

But the roof was an area where that is notable, OK?

0:39:320:39:37

But because of the depth of the roof, if you want to make a three-storey house, it's perfect.

0:39:370:39:44

Other than that, it's cracking. You've got room to expand there. It can take it.

0:39:440:39:50

-Are you still prepared to go in?

-We want a look around, yeah.

-Get in there, then! Go!

0:39:500:39:56

Right, here they come. Let's see how the camper van fits.

0:39:590:40:04

-Motor home, Jonny.

-Oh, yeah. Seems to go in very comfortably.

0:40:040:40:09

Right, let's get out and have a look.

0:40:090:40:13

-They're heading to the garden.

-It IS flat round here. Will Mark like it?

0:40:130:40:18

-I'm not sure, but I know Jean will be positive about it.

-I love it.

0:40:180:40:24

-There you go.

-Sounds like they've got wife Liz on the blower.

0:40:240:40:29

-'What's it like?'

-It's really good.

0:40:290:40:33

The outside space is more than we could hope for, really.

0:40:330:40:37

'Oh, my word! Excellent.'

0:40:370:40:41

Liz, when I first saw it, I really was so pleased that I nearly cried. It's lovely.

0:40:410:40:47

It really, really is. I can see me here at Christmas.

0:40:470:40:51

-Oh, they're buying this house, mark my words.

-Hang on a minute. The Lycra's coming out.

0:40:510:40:58

There he goes. Magnificent. Poetry in motion.

0:40:580:41:03

Hold the front page! Look at Jean go!

0:41:070:41:12

Look at that. Jean's back already.

0:41:190:41:21

-How long have you been back?

-Hours!

0:41:240:41:27

Mark, the Tour de France will have to wait.

0:41:270:41:30

-Well, how's it been? We know the camper van fits.

-Sure does.

0:41:300:41:34

-And you don't like that phrase.

-I don't.

-I know he doesn't!

0:41:340:41:39

-Motor home is what we'd like, yes?

-It's an upgrade from a camper van. It is definitely a motor home.

0:41:390:41:46

So all three properties, you've identified the area for you. Have you found that space here?

0:41:460:41:52

I have, yeah. This is what I'd like them to buy. I really would.

0:41:520:41:57

I notice, Mark, you have not mentioned an event that took place. Guess The Price, you're phenomenal.

0:41:570:42:04

Cycling, you own seven bikes. It would seem... Yeah?

0:42:040:42:09

-I was hoping we could avoid this.

-We could, we should, but we shan't.

0:42:090:42:14

-Jean...

-Well, I won, didn't I?

-What do you put it down to? Was it cunning? Guile?

0:42:140:42:20

-Good diet?

-Age and stamina.

-Age and stamina!

0:42:200:42:23

That'll work.

0:42:230:42:25

We're at nearly the end. Jean, you've loved every house.

0:42:250:42:30

-I have, yes.

-But you are not buying this. It will be your daughter.

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Shall we ask you together? Should we ask Jean?

0:42:340:42:38

-Or Jean as Liz.

-OK.

-Be your daughter.

0:42:380:42:42

Right. I'm Liz and I think this is the one I'd like to live in.

0:42:420:42:46

-Turn to your loved one.

-Don't you think, darling?

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-To buy or not to buy?

-Yes.

-To buy.

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Yes!

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Without our show, you'd have never looked here. It's not your area.

0:42:550:43:01

-No.

-We are brilliant.

-You are.

-Thank you!

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