Doug Coutts’ TV Preview: Kirstie and Phil’s Love It Or List It


A Personal View By Doug Coutts

A Personal View
By Doug Coutts

Phil and Kirstie, don’t you just love them? They’ve been around, as anyone who sits in front of The Living Channel for nights on end will know, for a very long time presenting programmes on selling houses, buying houses, making-over houses and tarting houses up, together and separately.

It’s together they work best, with bossy Kirstie subjecting worldly-wise Phil to constant putdowns, but deep down you know they actually really do like each other. Probably a little too much, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Love It Or List It is (yet) another variation on the theme of people unable to make up their own minds about whether to do up or sell the family pile so they need professional help. Any psychologist would probably tell them not to get involved with a film crew, especially one that includes Phil and Kirstie.

Because Phil thinks selling is always the answer but Kirstie thinks a little zhuzhing here, a little demolition there will work wonders and in LIOLI they get to do both.

Phil drags the people round any number of houses better than the one they’re in, while Kirstie’s busy watching tradies rip interiors to bits, putting bathrooms where wine cellars used to be and sticking a fake fireplace over the front door.

And then we sit about and watch everyone agonise over the right decision. Of course, there is no right decision – if there were it would have been made long before Kirstie swanned in, talking about “hices” and kneeing Phil in the nuts. It would have been ,“Let’s not answer the ad in the Listener.”

Doug Coutts has had a career in and around television for close to 40 years. He spent 13 years as a floor manager at Avalon Studios before going freelance and never earning as much again. His writing has spanned TV genres — from Shortland Street dialoguery and quiz shows to documentaries and comedy — while a lengthy stint as TV reviewer in the Auckland Star earned him two mentions in Metro magazine’s Hot List and an angry letter from Jon Gadsby. You can read more of Doug (the satirist) at:
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