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Old 30-05-2013, 16:57
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Have had the misfortune of watching a few this week of this particular show.

Has a lot of sob stories which the X-Factor would be proud off.

Most of all they get a new extension or new kitchen courtesy of the tax payer!

No run down houses though surprisingly, no ex council houses just nice middle class ones sigh!
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Old 19-06-2013, 12:03
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I couldn't agree more cynet. I'm also at a loss as to what message the programme is supposed to be giving other than don't employ this unamed builder..

I'm certain we all know that there are dodgy cowboy builders out there and it's essential to to seek advice and recommendations when you want work on your house doing. I'm pretty sure every local authority has a list of recommended tradesmen, and if they don't there are many other ways of getting a list recommended tradesmen.

If the programme wants to deliver a message to viewers it should name and shame the cowboys as Dominic Littlewood does in his similar programme, Cowboy Builders. It must be BBC policy not to name and shame as they did exactly the same when Clive Holland presented Cowboy Trap. If the BBC can name and shame in Watchdog why don't they do the same in this programme? Otherwise it's just a waste of Licence Payers money.
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Old 19-06-2013, 13:21
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and the ones being shown now, all the houses and owners have already being covered by Clive Holland. JOHN Irwin is just going over old ground already done years ago by Clive.

I fail to see what the point of this program is ???? just cheap TV IMO.
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Old 19-06-2013, 17:25
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Have watched a couple almost by accident, and after Clive Holland it seems almost lifeless. He may have been a bad lad, but he had presence. Mind you, I did catch the same formula "There's so much to do, Fred/Mary/Joe/Alice (the object of the programme) is chipping in" - implying financial contribution, as you don't see them with a hammer in hand.

Mind you, as many of them are supposed to have been cleaned out by the cowboys in the first place..
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Old 20-06-2013, 14:28
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Wasn't he sacked because some bunny-boiler complained that he stopped e-mailing her?
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Old 20-06-2013, 14:53
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I had wondered what had happened to Clive Holland but I thought he'd just received a better offer to appear on another TV show. I've just been reading up on him after a quick "Google"

Sounds a lot of fuss about nothing to me. Total over-reaction by the BBC on this; they've gone from one extreme to the other, now.

I'll say one thing, though. Although I was never Clive's greatest fan but Cowboy Trap is shite without him. That new presenter has no persona whatsoever and just makes the show boring.
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Old 20-06-2013, 15:12
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did wonder were Clive was, bit of an overreaction from the BBC.
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Old 20-06-2013, 15:21
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I liked Clive, wondered what had happened to him.
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Old 20-06-2013, 18:21
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I believe that Clive was sacked by the programme makers, Mentorn, rather than by the BBC themselves.
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Old 20-06-2013, 21:13
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I believe that Clive was sacked by the programme makers, Mentorn, rather than by the BBC themselves.
Although he was sacked by Mentorn, I would hazard a guess it was at the behest of the BBC. He has also lost all his contracts with the BBC for other appearances.
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Old 20-06-2013, 23:35
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Although he was sacked by Mentorn, I would hazard a guess it was at the behest of the BBC. He has also lost all his contracts with the BBC for other appearances.
I guess we'll never know - as we'll also will never know exactly why he was sacked in the first place.

I'm not sure who has the final decesion on this one. I would imagine it would be negotiated and amicable between the Beeb and Mentorn though.
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