Friday, December 26, 2008

Backyard Blitz

Backyard Blitz
Image:Backyard Blitz Logo.png

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Created byDon Burke
Developed byCTC Productions
Presented byHost

Jamie Durie

Team Members

Scott Cam

Jamie Durie

Jody Rigby

Nigel Ruck
Country of origin Australia
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes159
Producer(s)Don Burke

Jamie Durie

Rick Spence
Running time30 - 60 minutes

(Including commercials)
Original channelNine Network
Picture formatPAL (2000)

576i (SDTV) (2001 – 2007)
Original run9 April 200016 September 2007
Related showsGround Force (1998 – 2005)

Domestic Blitz (2008 – )
External links
Official website
IMDb profile summary

Backyard Blitz is a Logie Award winning Australian lifestyle and DIY television program that aired on the Nine Network between 2000 and 2007. It was hosted by Jamie Durie and was produced by Don Burke.

The show featured a very similar premise to the show Ground Force, in which a team of gardeners employed by the show descend on a supposedly worthy individual's place and improve the garden for the cameras within a specified time limit. This similarity in fact led to legal action being taken by the rival Seven Network who at the time was set to debut an Australian version of Ground Force.

The show like many of its other lifestyle brethren was mainly watched by older viewers and was widely derided by younger viewers and television critics. However it was a strong ratings performer. The four regular presenters on the show were landscaper Jamie Durie, builder/carpenter Scott Cam, Landscaper Nigel Ruck and horticulturist Jody Rigby.

On 14 November 2006 Backyard Blitz was axed by the Nine Network after seven years on air. Don Burke, whose own show Burke's Backyard was broadcast by Nine for nearly 18 years before it was axed in 2004, said his production company was "quite shocked by this decision".[1] In mid-2007 Nine aired the six remaining unaired episodes that were filmed before the show was cancelled.

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