Cowboy Builders

LIVING – Wednesdays from 27 June, 10pm

All over Britain, corrupt contractors are causing devastation and dismay. They promise everything but leave consumers with nothing but wrecked homes, bad feelings, financial angst, ruined relationships and broken dreams. Now it’s payback time. In this series, the presenters ride to the rescue of homeowners whose lives have been ruined by these “cowboy builders”. While one repairs the damage left behind with a dramatic home makeover, another tracks down the contractor to stop him from causing chaos elsewhere.

LIVING CHANNEL – Wednesdays from 20 July, 9pm

Up and down the UK, cowboy builders cause devastation and dismay – they promise the earth but leave homeowners with nothing but wrecked homes, bad news, financial angst and broken dreams. Now it’s payback time… Dom Littlewood and Melinda Messenger are on a mission to track down the terrible tradies, confront them about their shoddy workmanship, expose them to the authorities and repair the damage left behind with a dramatic makeover.

Thursday 9 July, 9.30pm

Up and down the British countryside, cowboy builders are causing devastation and dismay – they promise the earth but leave people with nothing but wrecked homes, bad news, financial angst and broken dreams. Now it’s payback time.

TV ONE’s new series Cowboy Builders starting tonight at 9.30pm, sees consumer champion Dominic Littlewood and property developer Melinda Messenger hunting down these ‘cowboys’.

The pair plan to confront these cowboys about their shoddy workmanship, expose them to the authorities, and repair the damage left behind them with a dramatic makeover.

Each episode of Cowboy Builders focuses on the owners of one home that has suffered at the hands of unreliable workmen. It could be that they have been saddled with a crumbling extension, an illegal loft conversion, a destroyed bathroom or a gutted kitchen – but whichever way, these helpless homeowners are in dire need of help.

Messenger, with over 10 years’ experience as a property developer, takes charge of a makeover of the property to surpass all expectations. Littlewood, meanwhile, hunts down the errant cowboys before they can strike again and confronts them with evidence of their shoddy workmanship.

Throughout the programme, the presenters also use their expertise to advise viewers on how to carry out a successful building project – from hiring the right firm to how to get good deals on materials. The pair also offer tips on what to do if it all starts going wrong – and how to put it right.

Episode ones sees Messenger and Littlewood in Eastbourne helping a single parent whose life has been turned upside down. Following his wife’s death, 50-year-old chef David Kon was left to bring up his three daughters Sabrina (aged 11) and Tiffany (8) alone. But their Eastbourne semi wasn’t up to the job, so David decided to extend so the girls could each have a room of their own. Unfortunately for the Kon family, the builder they paid £31,000 to do the job was a fully signed up Stetson who bodged the build and left them with an unfinished, uninhabitable deathtrap above their heads. The stress situation has driven the family to despair.