Homes Under the Hammer: Jacqui views Southsea flat
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Homes Under The Hammer’s newest presenter and interior designer Jacqui Joseph said she jumped at the chance to join the show when producers called her last year alongside Tommy Walsh. The new presenters join its current line-up; Martin Roberts, Martel Maxwell and Dion Dublin.
I had a few people saying, ‘Who’s leaving?’
Jacqui said the show decided to expand the team in a bid to reach out to more home buyers in different areas across the UK.
On why she wanted to join the show, she added: “I’ve always been a fan, I think like many people it’s been our guilty pleasure.
“I actually auditioned for Hammer four years ago to be fair, I think Lucy [Alexander] might have been leaving then.”
The latter left the show after 13 years in 2016 to focus on other work commitments.
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Explaining her process of getting onto the show, Jacqui went on to say: “I went for this audition, the process went on and then it was whittled it down to me and Martel and then Martel got it.”
But despite the knock back, the presenter wasn’t too gutted as she admitted “timing at that point wasn’t good”.
She added: “So, yeah when I got the call in February and they said, ‘Well you’re down south, we’re looking for an extra person to join the team’ of course I jumped at the chance.
“I couldn’t say no to them. I was super thrilled and so glad to get that call.
“Now the time was right, I said, ‘Yeah lets do this’.”
Jacqui and Tommy’s joining of the team prompted many to query whether some of its current presenters were leaving the show.
Martin addressed the rumour when asked by a fan as part of his #AskMartinMonday Q&A on Twitter last week.
The long-term property expert was asked: “Please can you confirm you are not leaving Homes Under The Hammer?
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“You are the heart and soul of the show and if you leave I might not actually watch it anymore… I’ll miss your awful puns as well.”
Reassuring the fan he is staying put, he responded: “Well I can confirm that unless you know something that I don’t, I am not leaving Homes Under The Hammer.
“We are struggling to film it, but we are finding ways to bring it to your screens.”
Jacqui said a few people had also asked her whether the likes of Martin, Martel or Dion were leaving.
She explained: “I had a few people saying, ‘Who’s leaving?’
“But no one is leaving, they’re just expanding the team, the Homes Under The Hammer family if you like.
“It just gives a good flavour to the show and I’m hoping the viewers warm and will be happy as well with myself and Tommy joining the team.”
On Martin ever leaving the show, she added: “We wouldn’t want that. He’s been there from the start, he’s a firm fixture. We wouldn’t let him anyway!”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new hosts are yet to meet the show’s other presenters, but they have been catching up virtually.
She added: “I’ve had a few messages to say, ‘Hi welcome to the team’ as we’ve all said we’re excited for a day where we can actually meet in person which will be lovely and I’m sure that day will come soon, like the day we can gather with our families.”
Jacqui is also widely known to fans for her role as a presenter and upcycler on BBC show Money For Nothing.
Commissioning editor for BBC Daytime Muslim Alim said of her and Tommy joining the show: “I can’t wait for Jacqui and Tommy to get started on Homes Under The Hammer, together they bring a wealth of expertise and first-hand experience of the property market and building trade, and will perfectly complement our existing crack team of presenters on one of BBC Daytime’s flagship programmes.”
Homes Under The Hammer airs weekdays from 10am on BBC One.
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