Grand Designs (Channel 4 1999, Kevin McCloud)
Excellent specialist house building show Grand Designs presented by the erudite Kevin McCloud follows couples over the course of a year (or more often several) as they attempt to build architecturally designed and always interesting properties.
There is much emphasis on the design and building of the house with Kevin visiting at the build at various stages throughout the year before givnig hsi opinion on the finished house.
There have been several spipn off of the show over the years with a special series in 2004 taking the concept abroad and into Europe for 8 episodes. Grand Designs indoors was a short lived (4 episodes) look at interior make-overs of special promise. Grand Designs revisited is an occasional companion show going back to look at properties featured in the series.
2007 saw the arrival of Grand Designs Trade Secrets, a half hour companion show that teamed Kevin with the likes of designer Naomi Cleaver and architect Deborah Saunt to talk about different aspects of building and design, it also featured behind the scenes moments from the show.
Aired From: 1999 - continuing