The Block on Channel 9 – The drama is brewing between Leah and Ash and Kyle and Leslie, as House No.3 continues to question if House No.1 are getting an unfair advantage with the cost of their landscaping by landscaper Troy Lovett and his team.
Leah and Ash just can’t understand with a $40,000 budget how they are affording to pay all the workers on site in House No1. Kristy agrees with her, but she wants to let Leah do the talking and not have a bar of any confrontation. She also continues to play games, and tries to hatch up a plan to fence off Leah and Ash’s yard so they have no access to trades, but the plan is thwarted.
The girls have a Block Bucks trade session and Leah gives Leslie $7,500 of Freedom Block Bucks in return for Camerich. She ends up getting over the $15,000 to get the furniture she wants and is overjoyed and she makes the order.
Steph and Gian take some time away from The Block, as they deal with the death of both of their grandfathers.
But then a huge confrontation rocks The Block. Leah and Ash confront Kyle and Leslie, and later their landscaper Troy Lovett, over their suspicions that they are not playing a fair game when it comes to their landscaping budget.
It gets incredibly heated on Charming St, and Leslie is clearly disgusted that her integrity is being questioned. But Leah and Ash try to raise some valid points and even bring up the suggestion of an audit.
About The Block
Get ready, Australia. The Block, the number one renovation reality program, returns for an incredible 19th season on Sunday, August 6, at 7.00pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.
Set in the family-friendly Melbourne suburb of Hampton East, the new series features five houses designed and built in the 1950s and located on the aptly named Charming Street. These grand old dames are now aged in their 70s and way overdue for a contemporary update.
For the first time in Block history, host Scott Cam will be providing contestants with the full renovation schedule ahead of time this season. So get your cameras out, Blockheads, it’s photo time.
Adding to the year of Block firsts and amping up the stakes at play during the 48-hour House Decider Challenge, contestants will be seeing all finished designs of the houses on Day 1. Who will prevail and get the house of their choice?
Not only will they get the schedule and designs up front, but in another first, they’ll receive their entire budgets as well.
However, the Blockheads will soon find out that it’s not all smooth sailing when renovating an original 1950s home – structural issues, extreme weather events, and a mountain of demolition will test our five keen couples every step of the way.
Plus, The Block’s state-versus-state rivalry will be amplified by the sheer closeness of the houses this year. Who knew being able to peak into your neighbours builds would cause such tension?
The couples in contention are: sisters Eliza and Liberty Paschke (personal assistant, 37, and integration producer, 34, VIC); parents Kyle and Leslie Cottone (firefighter, 36, and teaching aide, 34, WA); parents Leah and Ash Milton (first aid officer, 31, and builder, 36, QLD); married couple Kristy and Brett Beames (project manager, 34, and safety officer, 34, SA); and newlyweds Steph and Gian Ottavio (architect, 27, and start up worker, 27, NSW).
Real estate expert Marty Fox isn’t the only new addition to the lineup this season. The formidable foremen Keith Schleiger and Dan Reilly will be joined on site with the fan favourite from last year, Tom Calleja.
The nation fell in love with Tom and his wife Sarah-Jane because of their work ethic and relatable marital bickering, and he jumped at the chance to work with Scotty and come back as this year’s official Block plumber.
The designs of the amazing homes in this series again come from The Block’s resident architect, Julian Brenchley.
At stake is $100,000 for the overall winner of The Block, on top of any profit the five couples can all make on the critical auction day. Plus bragging rights for the winners’ state.
Since premiering on Channel 9 in 2003, Australia’s richest reality program has awarded a total of $32,592,807.65 in prizemoney.
The Block on Channel 9 and 9Now – Tuesday 17 October, 2023 at 7.30pm.
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