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Sian Astley Lands Channel 5 Gig

Jill Burdett interviews the Manchester handy woman who's hitting the silver screen

Published on March 20th 2012.

Sian Astley Lands Channel 5 Gig

BIG congrats to Sian Astley, the south Manchester based lady builder, landlord, blogger, stylist and presenter who has just clinched her first national TV series.

And she would love to be able to rescue properties around Manchester, and not just because it will be easier. She said: “I want to show off the area and show what can be done.”

She has been asked by IWC Media, the makers of Location, Location, Location to front their latest show for Five. Naturally it is about property but this one will see Sian helping to rescue homes that have had DIY disasters.

She said: “I will be getting my hands dirty but it is more about showing and encouraging the home owners to get things fixed and finished – they have to do some of the work too.

“It’s an amalgamation of different ideas with us working to an agreed budget. I will be showing the best way to get things done, how to make use of local suppliers and how to make their home truly gorgeous.

“It’s basically what I have been doing myself for the last 15 years.”

Sian first hit our screens when she appeared on Property Ladder and got a voice-over mauling from Sarah Beeny but had the last laugh when her renovated property sold for the price she wanted.

She then had a stint on Channel M and was a natural in front of the cameras.   

She is also just about the most energetic person I know, committed to making the properties she lets out as great as possible, supports local shops and businesses around her Didsbury stomping ground and is all round lovely. She deserves her break.

Sian said: “The approach came out of the blue but it is a great example of the power of social media. My website and blog Moregeous and active use of Twitter played a huge part in raising my whole profile nationally and I am chuffed to bits. It’s what I have been working towards.”

And she would love to be able to rescue properties around Manchester, and not just because it will be easier.

She said: “I want to show off the area and show what can be done.”

So if you have embarked on a DIY project and abandoned it half way through, if you are stuck with a half done house and need help get in touch with the production company and tell them your woes.

You can email buildrescue@iwcmedia.co.uk or call 0207 013 4069. Sian’s website is http://moregeous.wordpress.com/ and her Twitter address is @moregeous


Sian Astley and two other peopleSian Astley and two other people


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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousMarch 20th 2012.

There were some good programmes on Channel M in its heyday. Such a pity it failed. Simply "before its time" maybe?

MoregeousMarch 20th 2012.

Thanks for such a lovely article Jill. I can't wait to get stuck in on the challenges IWC put my way. We do want to find homes which need help, I genuinely hope some are in the Manchester area #local :) Sian

Nicky Rybka-GoldsmithMarch 21st 2012.

Well done Sian !! Good luuck with it all dear

Youno HooMarch 21st 2012.

Sorry Youno Hoo, this is unsubstantiated so please email the editor jonathans@theconfidentials.co.uk with details if you want us to make enquiries

Rachel CampbellJune 26th 2012.

Please take your time to look through these links. i think you will find it very interesting. READ COMMENTS AT BOTTOM OF ARTICLE.



Judi CampbellSeptember 12th 2012.

Sians only talent is cheap tarting up of properties for a quick sale to make a fast buck;looks great at first glance but...If you love your home or want a job done properly DONT DO IT!!!. We are learning this lesson the long drawn out and painful way and, with no satisfactory resolution to the damage (yes, DAMAGE) caused by Sian and her team to our home and after 4 months of trying to be taken seriously, we are now preparing to resolve this through the court system.
So far the programme makers have thrown lots of money(unsuccessfully) at ignoring the real problems they have created and trying to pretend they have done us a favour...an approach as unrealistic and insulting as the programme itself and one which only adds fuel to our fire to see that no-one else is fooled by the lies of this incompetent would be Sarah Beeney. Anyone can throw a few cushions and splash a bit of paint around but proper building and design work is best left to fully trained and qualified professionals, or do it yourself - that is my advice because i've never seen worse DIY efforts!

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