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.