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Hot Property

Episode 4 of 4

A look at businesses that have boomed despite tough economic times. This reveals the inner workings of the British house-building industry, with access to the lead players.

With new homes being built at the fastest rate for a decade, business is booming again for Britain's house builders. Profits are up and sales are surging, as companies like Barratt, Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey tempt customers into the biggest purchase of their lives. With access to the lead players in the British house-building industry, Hot Property reveals the inner workings of this business and discovers why it is such a source of controversy and conflict.

Exploring the all-important quest for land, the art of winning over the planners and the public, and the science of designing the ideal home for prospective buyers, this is the fascinating story of how house builders have shaped our landscape and our lives. Over the years, they have learned to be very choosy about where they build, and very cautious about only building as many houses as they can sell. From stand-offs with NIMBYs to run-ins with politicians, this is a business like no other.

59 minutes

Last on

Thu 17 Jul 2014 01:15

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Louis Prima

    Sing Sing Sing 

    Performer: Benny Goodman and His Orchestra.
  • The Cure

    A Forest 

  • Madness

    Our House

  • David O'brien 


  • Eddie & the Hot Rods

    Do Anything You Want To Do 

  • Iggy Pop

    The Passenger 

  • Simple Minds

    Theme For Great Cities 

  • Massive Attack

    Angel (feat. Horace Andy)

  • Ludovico Einaudi



Role Contributor
Narrator Sandi Toksvig
Executive Producer Eamon Hardy
Series Producer Ruth Shurman
Producer Dan Trelford
Director Dan Trelford


  • Thu 26 Jun 2014 21:00
  • Thu 3 Jul 2014 23:20
  • Tue 15 Jul 2014 09:05
  • Thu 17 Jul 2014 00:45
  • Thu 17 Jul 2014 01:15

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