Written by rosalind renshaw

Estate agent to star in TV reality show

A new star of the estate agency world is born. Or at least he will be next week.

Derek Richardson, of Squarefoot estate agents in Cardiff, will be on a new Channel 5 show every evening next week from Monday through to Friday.

Called ‘The Boss is Coming to Dinner’, it’s a sort of cross between ‘Come Dine with Me’ and ‘The Apprentice’.

Bosses – and Derek is only the third to appear in the series – are wined and dined by prospective employees who not only have to show off their culinary and hosting skills but also have to prove they are right for the job.

Two contestants take part in each evening’s show, with one eliminated each time. In Friday’s final – described by C5 as ‘nerve-shredding’ – the four finalists have to battle it out in a daunting challenge.

Derek tells us he has actually taken the eventual winner on to his staff as a trainee negotiator.

He won’t tell us who it is, of course, but he does reveal that the Friday night challenge involved having to conduct a viewing with an extremely difficult customer.

The eight candidates range from a 19-year-old beauty therapist to a grandmother, a couple of graduates and someone who’s a whiz at selling but not too good at spelling.

He also gets to eat quite a lot of food, including a chilli stir-fry that practically blew his head off.

Anyway, it sounds like fun and it’s on at 6pm.

“It’s going to be my 15 minutes of fame,” said Derek.

Well, we’ll just have to wait and see if he can improve the popularity of estate agents to above that of politicians, traffic wardens and, ahem, journalists.


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    Sounds like a typical channel 5 show, gimmicky!

    • 21 August 2010 16:14 PM
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    What does the time matter its on Channel 5 and now they don't get the football no one watchwes it anyway.

    • 20 August 2010 17:14 PM
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    Michael aka Grumpy from Somerset, please come and work in my office, I think I would be in fits of giggles all day long!

    • 20 August 2010 12:52 PM
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    6PM ? I have left at that time, but usually 7-9PM and at times later. Then go home, sort out the cat, 13 chickens & 4 geese (two of whom have impacted crops so need quite some medicating). Put something on to cook (yeah, but she does the ironing) and chat about the day. The time by then ? Between 10 and 11PM. The TV ? Its up in the attic gathering dust.
    Last TV show I ws on ? Escape to the Country. Never again, what a waste of my time that was and of course the punters bought something VERY different that did not appear on the show at all.
    Grumpy from Somerset, where we make our own entertainment (and my 8 sheep aren't scared).

    • 20 August 2010 11:05 AM
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    seeing as most estate agents dont finish work until 6pm, wouldnt it have been a better idea to show it at a later time? just goes to show - tv prouducers can make the shows but dont actually have a clue about the reality of the industry they are exploiting to get viewing figures

    • 20 August 2010 10:23 AM