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16.01.02

FACTUAL TV


The Life Laundry


New six-part series starts on Wednesday 30 January 2002, BBC TWO, 8.30pm

An interiors programme with a difference, The Life Laundry has the unique task of transforming people’s homes by helping them to clear out their clutter, ditch their junk and reveal what lies beneath.

It’s the TV equivalent of colonic irrigation, the first interior diet show. We’ve become a nation of hoarders, incapable of throwing anything out. But with a team of experts, home consultant Dawna Walter and house clearance specialist Mark Franks, viewers will see chaotic homes slimmed down and re-discovered by their owners.

There’ll be no gain without pain. As families are forced to empty out the contents of their cluttered home onto the back lawn, we’ll see the trauma and agonies as they decide what stays and what goes. It’s only by letting go of the stuff they have hoarded and confronting the emotional attachments these items represent that the contributors can have the clutter-free homes they desperately crave.

In the first show Dawna meets Carolyn Bridger, a divorcee who is struggling to keep on top of the clutter that has built up in her two-bedroom cottage. She is typical of the many people who have allowed their possessions to take over as a result of trauma.

Seven years ago she moved her two teenage children and her dog out of the large family home they shared with her husband into a coach house in Surrey. Every room is full to the brim with furniture, paperwork and equipment from Carolyn’s job. To make matters worse Carolyn had to leave her work as a holistic therapist two years ago when she collapsed whilst lecturing. She now needs to make some hard choices and regain some space in her home.

Over the course of the weekend Dawna and Mark take the contents of Carolyn’s worst rooms and force her to chuck stuff out. And our experts are tough. If she can’t justify why it stays, it goes - either to be sold in a car boot sale, be given to charity or destroyed in the jaws of a crusher! After an emotional two days confronting the past Carolyn is able to regain her home and find a new lease of life.

With the help of Dawna and Mark and some serious hard work, each home will be transformed from a sea of junk into a new streamlined look, complete with nifty storage solutions - and all in just one weekend.


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