Kirstie and Phil's Love It or List It

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Kirstie and Phil's Love It or List It

Series 1 - Episode 2



This week Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp fight their proxy war over the Forde family’s house in Harlow, Essex. Phil wants them to relocate; Kirstie wants them to renovate.

“It’s a lively, happy, bubbling place,” explains mum Emma, though by “lively” she means dilapidated and by “bubbly” she means riddled with damp. The combination of three sons, dodgy builders and husband Nigel’s aversion to DIY has left the place needing major work. “I’m in my zone,” crows Kirsty as she sets about reducing their kitchen to rubble.

Will her makeover be enough to dissuade them from moving? Our presenters josh and rib their way to an answer.


Emma and Nigel Forde and their three boys have lived in their Essex house for the past seven years, but after a bad experience with a bathroom fitting they have let the maintenance of the family home slide, which means broken kitchen doors and some rather unusual curtains. Nigel thinks it's time to wave the white flag and sell up, but Emma wants some real investment to turn around the house she loves. Kirstie Allsopp has plenty of refurbishment ideas, while Phil Spencer has already found some viable replacement homes to buy. Will the Fordes decide to stay or go?

Cast & Crew

Presenter Kirstie Allsopp
Presenter Phil Spencer
Executive Producer Andrew Jackson
Series Producer Paula Campion