Few pieces of art can claim to be as practical as a good DIY job. Being as marvellous to look at as they are to live in, a skilful bit of home renovation deserves to be seen by as many people as possible; a need which TV reality shows have met a hundred times over. Any time you tune into daytime telly you're sure to find a mix of shows focusing on expertly designed, perfectly pulled off home improvements, and other programs where terribly conceived houses are built within in impossible time-frames. But then there's the series that are just weird, and that's what this blog focuses on: the 5 strangest DIY TV show ideas ever, starting with one of the most recent...
I Pity The Tool (2015)
From that title alone you can tell immediately who's hosting this show and what catchphrases they'll have. It was only last month in a Variety interview
that former professional wrester and A-team star Mr. T ("The Fool Man") Tureaud announced he'd be fronting a feel-good home renovation series later on this year. Whilst seeing that mohawk covered by a hardhat does sound great, Mr. T isn't all jibber jabber; in fact he claims to have studied brick masonry and cabinetmaking in school, and used to work on demolition jobs. We still can't help but wonder though what was agreed upon first: the show's concept, or its title...
Doomsday Bunkers (2012)
Whilst not a DIY show in the strictest sense, if you've ever wanted to build your own end-of-the-world hideaway, you'll find ample inspiration here. Another proud broadcast by National Geographic, 'Doomsday Bunkers
' focused on a company that builds all the underground getaways seen in all the other dozen apocalypse prepper realtiy shows! If you've been stuck on how to turn your local abandoned missile silo into an impenetrable safety zone, complete with booby traps, this is the show for you!
60 Minute Makeover (2004-2014)
The epitome of rubbish DIY shows, 60 Minute Makeover takes what little reality we're willing to suspend for a reality TV show, and just goes that step further. Expecting its audience to believe a day's work could be completed in a mere 60 minutes, since it's debut many contestants have come out and spilled the shows secrets or bemoaned their new home
, whilst experienced home renovators have picked apart every crude job on the program. It was only by bringing in new host Peter Andre were ITV able to save this strange excuse for a DIY TV show. You can imagine how well that worked.
Sledge Hammer (2015)
Another brand new show with another strange new gimmick. Man Cave
presenter and professional bodybuilder Jason Cameron presents a show that, on the surface, seems like any home renovation series, except that the premise dictates he completely demolish every room with a sledgehammer before rebuilding can begin. Whilst this would be standard fair for any carpentry job, the fact that they have to do it on a room-by-room basis makes Sledge Hammer
as great a watch for addicts of home-based destruction as it is for DIY TV. A very much undertapped market.
The Vanilla Ice Project (2010)
We kind of understand giving Mr. T, one of the 80's best tough guys, his own manly home make-over shows. But to also give a Vanilla Ice, one of the best forgotten pieces of 90's music memorabilia, his own fix-it and sell-it programme? It's weird to say the least, though what's weirder is just how successful this odd little DIY series was. Thanks in part to it's host's unexpected experience in home improvement and real estate, The Vanilla Ice Project
ran for 4 seasons, was nominated for a Cable Fax Award and allowed Vanilla Ice, or rather, Rob Van Winkle, to open his own training course. We suppose that's proof that even the strangest foundations can be used to build something long-lasting.