Build A New Life in the Country

LIVING – Mondays from 2 April, 8.00pm

Follow British adventurers as they strive to find their ideal lifestyle and home in their dream location. They have ambitious vision for their new homes – they don’t just want to create a dream home, they want a dream lifestyle. That means radically changing the way they work, how they make money, and how much time they spend living better and more fulfilling lives. But they have challenging renovation projects to get through first to achieve their goals, requiring endurance, commitment and passion.

LIVING – Sundays from 13 November, 7.30pm

Build A New Life in the Country returns and follows more British adventurers as they strive to find their ideal lifestyle and home in their dream location. They have ambitious vision for their new homes – they don’t just want to create a dream home, they want a dream lifestyle. That means radically changing the way they work, how they make money, and how much time they spend living better and more fulfilling lives. But they have challenging renovation projects to get through first to achieve their goals, requiring endurance, commitment and passion.

LIVING CHANNEL – Sundays from 26 June, 6.30pm

Follow British adventurers as they strive to find their ideal lifestyle and home in their dream location. They have ambitious vision for their new homes – they don’t just want to create a dream home, they want a dream lifestyle. That means radically changing the way they work, how they make money, and how much time they spend living better and more fulfilling lives. But they have challenging renovation projects to get through first to achieve their goals, requiring endurance, commitment and passion.

Saturday 17 May, 7.30pm

This new series of Build A New Life follows British adventurers as they attempt to live the good life.

Build A New Life In The Country is presented by architect George Clark, who has developed major landmarks all over the world – including innovative residential, community, cultural and urban design projects. Throughout the series, Clark offers the couples design tips and support and they attempt to live in their dream homes.
In this first episode, Chris and Rebecca Palmer are fed up with being mortgage slaves. They’ve sold their Bradford home, quit their jobs as a motor parts dealer and sales manager, and are heading to Ireland with daughter Demelza to escape from modern life. They’re swapping the nine-to-five for the hard graft of being totally self-sufficient – growing their own food and keeping livestock. And if this isn’t a big enough challenge, with no building experience and very little money, they plan to turn a derelict farmhouse into a family home.


The below shows are finishing on ONE from 21 July – 22 July:
-Build A New Life In The Country Saturday 21 July
-Simon Sharma’s Power Of Art Sunday 22 July

Shows finishing on TV2 (22 July – 24 July)
Shows finishing on TV2 (25 July – 27 July)

Build A New Life In The Country Saturday 28 April, 7.30pm

Matt and Emma Cupper live with their two preschoolers in a pricey suburban bungalow. They both work full-time in busy jobs, and have realised that having more kids or getting more living space will mean serious lifestyle and financial sacrifices – sacrifices they are not prepared to make.

The family has decided to go for it and use everything they’ve got (and a lot of money they haven’t) to build their dream home and lifestyle in their dream location – in the countryside. But their naive optimism and lack of experience could prove disastrous on an ambitious building project.
The Cuppers are the first subjects in TV ONE’s new series, ‘Build A New Life In The Country’ (tonight at 7.30pm), which follows a fresh breed of British adventurers who are making radical changes to the way they live and the places they live to get the lifestyle they want.

Architect and designer George Clarke follows each family through their building projects and their life changes.

For the Cuppers, a mortgage on their compact suburban bungalow means they can remodel an 18th-Century granary into their dream home, and allow Emma to give up her management job and become a full-time mum.

Matt, whose total building experience is a small extension on their existing home, will put his telecommunications business on hold for four months, to be both project manager and labourer on the build.

Presenter Clarke is not confident the inexperienced couple has the endurance and finances it will take – or fully realise what they are getting themselves into. A miscalculation sees Matt having to cut more than 2500 roof tiles by hand, almost tip a crane on himself, and forget to order the glass which will make the house waterproof as the British winter sets in. And that’s before a dramatic development for the family mid-way through the build.

In following episodes, Clarke follows a river-barge conversion; the transformation of a disused Victorian water-tower into a romantic fairytale home; the set-up of an alpaca farm while the family convert a 16th-Century farmhouse; and a million-pound gamble on a run-down seaside hotel.


Starts Saturday 28 April 7.30pm, TV ONE

A new series about a new breed of British adventurers – people who decide to go for their dream home and lifestyle in their dream location in the British countryside. Their war-cry: “You only live once”.
Episode one sees couple Matt Cupper and Emma Seymour and their two children leave their home in a village in Surrey, and head off to the wilds of Lincolnshire. They are challenged with starting their own businesses, while turning a ruined 18th-century granary into a romantic home.