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The Block

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200313+
The Block introduces four couples who are taking on one of the toughest but potentially most rewarding challenges they will ever face. The couples will move into four identical and near-derelict apartments in the same building, with little more than the clothes they are wearing.
Starring
Jamie DurieJohn McGrath
Genres
UnscriptedSpecial Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Episode 1
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    May 31 2003
    40min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    The couples arrive at The Block and are told the rules. They then find out their apartment numbers and are told of the 1-week deadline to deliver the 1st room. Fiona and Adam discover live termites in their floor and water leaking through their roof from upstairs.
  2. 2. Episode 2
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    June 7 2003
    41min
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    English
    Their first morning at The Block and Fiona visits the boys and they decide to call an emergency BC meeting about the noise levels from upstairs. There is an upstairs-downstairs division. The boys are scheming to get money out of the BC find. Phil and Amity realise they have 75 days to go.
  3. 3. Episode 3
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    June 14 2003
    42min
    13+
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    The termite damage in the downstairs apartments are inspected and live termites are found so they tear up the floor. Phil tries to sneak a peak at the boy's place. Walls come crashing down in the boy's apartment.
  4. 4. Episode 4
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    June 21 2003
    42min
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    After just two weeks at The Block stress levels are running at fever pitch as the couples race to deliver room number two. Alliances are formed as the battle between upstairs and downstairs erupts again. Paul is nearly electrocuted.
  5. 5. Episode 5
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    June 28 2003
    40min
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    Phil is caught spying on his downstairs neighbour and Paul and Kylie are living without any running water. The judge is back to award a prize for a winning room.
  6. 6. Episode 6
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    July 5 2003
    42min
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    English
    It's room delivery number three and big prize money at stake. After six weeks of hard labour everyone is scheming and no one is prepared to back down. Arguments erupt as Fiona and Adam ask to move their hot water system.
  7. 7. Episode 7
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    July 12 2003
    41min
    13+
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    English
    It's halfway and everyone is feeling a little tired and emotional. Tempers flair as they all struggle to just get through the week. Amity tries to launch her singing career.
  8. 8. Episode 8
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    July 19 2003
    41min
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    This week Fiona is left home alone and the neighbours pounce. Phil and Amity battle their builder and everyone is at odds over the landscaping. The race is on to deliver room number four.
  9. 9. Episode 9
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    July 26 2003
    42min
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    Jamie Durie awards the prize for room number four. Arguments galore as everyone at The Block fight over every dollar of the landscaping budget. For Amity, a life long dream is about to come true.
  10. 10. Episode 10
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    August 2 2003
    42min
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    The pressure us on as our couples race to deliver their final rooms. Phil and Amity unveil their "big secret" and there's a last minute disaster for Fiona and Adam.
  11. 11. Episode 11
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    August 9 2003
    41min
    13+
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    English
    It's judgment day on the final room and The Block hits boiling point. After a terrible fight, it's all too much for one couple and they want to walk out.
  12. 12. Episode 12
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    August 16 2003
    1 h 8 min
    13+
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    English
    It's auction day and the climax to the ultimate real estate challenge. Which couple will take home the grand prize of $100,000?

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Directors
Julian Cress
Producers
Tim WiseJustin Sturzaker
Season year
2003
Network
Cavalier Studios
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EReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A charming blast from the past
This is a home renovation reality show with an intriguing premise that I don't think I've seen in US reality shows - four couples are tasked with completely renovating identical units of a four-unit, very dilapidated apartment building in an upscale area - Bondi beach - the very definition of "the worst house on the best block." The couples must complete the renovations in a matter of weeks, living through the mess and the noise in the apartments during renovation, and also still being required to work their day jobs. Each couple is given an equal renovation budget upfront but must use it wisely to hire and coordinate tradespeople and contractors to perform renovations, all while having to do basic renovation work themselves (i.e., painting, sanding, furnishing, interior decorating, accounting). At the end of the show, the properties are put up for auction, with each couple getting to pocket any profits beyond the identical reserve price placed on each unit. All couples are able to sell for a profit, and the couple with the highest profit gets an extra hundred thousand dollars.

I thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was a nice blast-from-the-past back to 2003 - the now-mostly-dated fashion (from clothes to interior design), a glimpse of society before smartphones, and the random, oddly quaint turn-of-the-millenium trends I'd forgotten (i.e., oxygen bars?!). Seeing the end products of the renovations was very gratifying after watching the renovation process. The four couples selected were personable and entertaining, and while there was drama during filming (mostly about renovation issues, not relationship spats), I felt like it was a small enough part of the overall show to not detract from the process. One of the four couples featured, Warren and Gavin, were apparently the first gay couple to be featured on Australian TV, and are still together (and now officially married) to this day.
Liv Rich in the OCReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Reality Renovation Show EVER!
Set in Melbourne, 4 pairs of contestants move into ramshackle quarters and are challenged to weekly competitions while they renovate the spaces. Construction, design and drama. It's crazy good. When they are finished, the homes go up for auction and the winner takes home prize money, and they each get to take home any amount over the reserve of their home. In Aussie terms, I'm rapt. PLEASE AMAZON, ADD MORE SEASONS!
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HappyLifeReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great house renovation TV show
We like house renovation tv shows with competitions. It seems Australia has quite a few of them. We liked the show and especially the idea of an auction at the end. This gives you an idea of the current market value.
A little drama added to the show but also a little funny. Picture is definitely not HD but show is from 2003.
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