The Block 2013 All Stars
will begin on Channel 9 on Monday, 4 February 2013 at 7pm.
Watercress Productions started filming at Tasman Street, Bondi on 12 October 2012 on a 10 week schedule. The filming has now wrapped up and last month the realestate agents were selected to sell the properties in March 2013 before Easter. Jonathan Chancellor of Propertyobserver noted that the competition between realestate agents was so fierce that realestate agents had "shouting matches in the street. And they were from the same estate agency franchise".
The biggest concern for these 4 cottages was that they are heritage listed and were significantly intact prior to Watercress Productions purchase for The Block 2013 All Stars.
However Katrina Chambers (one of the sisters which renovated 41 Cameron St, Richmond during The Block 2011
) has visited the cottages and blogged on 12 December 2012 that "The houses have serious heritage conditions to abide by, so it made it hard for them to throw caution to the wind. Huge parts of the house were unable to be touched. You’ll have to watch to see how they get around it all.
I am glad to hear that the houses have serious heritage conditions however I am frighten by the comment "see how they get around it all"!!
The following photograph is by Katrina Chambers taken in December 2012 of 8 Tasman Street, Bondi and the new tuck pointing can clearly be seen, along with the new terracotta roof, ridge capping and finials. However what are the black pipes on the roof - a TV aerial?
File comment: Photo by Katrina Chambers 12 Dec 2012
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For comparison the following photograph is of 8 Tasman St Bondi in July 2012 before renovations began.
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The other news is that on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 Mark Bowyer (who is 55 years old and renovated one of the Vaucluse apartments in The Block 2010
) had a heart scare and was rushed to hospital. This was Day 45 of the 65 Day shoot for The Block 2013 All Stars
. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Scott Cam and Duncan Miller's wife, Jenny, stepped in to help out Duncan to finish the room for the Sunday room judging while Mark was in hospital.
It was hoped that Mark would return to the Tasman Street house but his doctors told him to rest so he was replaced - my guess is that he was replaced by Rod Walsh from The Block 2011
as he and his wife, Tania, were campaigning hard on social media to get on The Block 2013 All Stars
back in July 2012.
So if Mark was replaced at Day 45 how do they share any prize money when their cottage is sold? Does it all go to Mark and Duncan or does Mark's half get split 70% to Mark and 30% to the person who replaced him?
Trouble on The Block as All Stars contestant collapses
Sydney Morning Herald, November 28, 2012 by Scott Ellis
Production of Channel Nine's reality series The Block All Stars has been disrupted after a contestant collapsed at the show's Bondi building site and was taken to hospital.
Mark Bowyer, 55, who with best mate Duncan Miller formed the team known as 'The Two Fat Tradies' in The Block's third season, had been at one of the new homes when he started feeling ill, a series insider said.
An ambulance was called and he was taken to Prince Of Wales hospital for examination.
"Block All-Star (contestant) Mark Bowyer, who was conducting an interview early on Monday morning, complained of dizziness and feeling "not quite right"," a spokesman for Nine confirmed.
"Immediately, foreman Keith (trained in first aid) saw to him and ordered an ambulance.
"Minutes later he was taken to hospital where they performed a series of tests. He was released that afternoon with orders to rest."
Bowyer and Miller became instant fan favourites when they took part in The Block in 2010 - marking the show's return after a six-year absence - for their laid-back attitude and the fact they brought a pie warmer with them into their Vaucluse unit.
During the series the pair often complained of the stressful workload brought on by the hectic pace of 24/7 restoration, amplified by the fact they were older than most other contestants.
They eventually came third in the competition when their unit sold for $907,000, from a reserve of $860,000.
Since then, they had used their fame to promote a footpath safety campaign for Guide Dogs Australia, offered renovation tips on Nine's website and were part of the construction team that built XXXX (Fourex) Island, a mini-resort on a small island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef as a promotion for the iconic Queensland XXXX beer.
Filming of The Block's sixth season, the tenth anniversary of the renovation franchise, began on October 12 with Bowyer leaving 45 days into the shoot.
In his absence the show's host and experienced builder Scott Cam has stepped in to assist Miller with their current rebuild, as has Jenny, Miller's wife.
Nine has said that if possible, father of four Bowyer will not be permanently replaced.
"We are of course first and foremost concerned about his health and are waiting to see if and when the doctors say he can come back to the show," a spokesman said.