Series 4 - Episode 4: Glasgow

Glasgow

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In Glasgow, Melinda and Dom meet couple Natalie and Rob, whose timber-framed extension was left to rot when a cowboy builder of tender years abruptly downed tools and scarpered. As Melinda tackles the first timber-framed house she has ever worked on, Dom faces his own challenge in the form of the upstart cowboy, who is the youngest ever seen on the show.

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  • Syksi

    over 1 year ago

    Syksi

    What is the guitar track near the end at around 53 mins?

  • kim orr

    over 1 year ago

    kim orr

    Well im kim fae a place jist outside glasgow and watch ur programme and i hink what u do is so amazin and i jist wanted tae tell use keep up the amazin work Dom and Mel

  • steven b

    almost 2 years ago

    steven b

    why have shows still on here if you can not watch them. if we carnt watch them take them down. if not let us watch them, we pay for them in the first place !!! Series 1,2, 3, 4, and i think 5 too. why have them on here !!!!

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  • Paul S

    over 2 years ago

    Paul S

    @Dereck Evans. Very good point regarding the knowhow rather than searching for the hard done by and rectifying bad builds. On the flip side, i think it's great to see a good guy put his media hungry brain to some good use. Thumbs up to all involved with the show. I do think the series shines a light on this cowboy carryon and that in turn will arm potential victims with the knowhow on how to go about renovation plans and avoiding the bad seeds. It at least makes people who were once unaware now aware. Downside will be the knock on effect hence all builders potential cowboys. I would like to see this show tackle the Council housing who hire builders who are equally inadequate and in some cases ruthlessly lazy. Push comes to shove? It's informative reality tv that in, even the smallest way gives good insight into the lowlifes that give dedicated workers a bad name and gullable folk a heads up to what harm a cowboy builder can do if hired without any caution and pre conceived notion that all builders do not cut costs which inevitably leads to a bad job.

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  • liam

    almost 3 years ago

    liam

    just so funny how martin tries to get away from dom but the police stop him and then dom has a chance

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  • martin

    3 years ago

    martin

    graet job u do dom cowboy builders deserve wht comes to them

  • hak

    3 years ago

    hak

    what was the name of the furniture shop melinda used in the glasgow episode lived near glasgow and didnt know it was there! where is it????

  • Scott Parker-Whelband

    3 years ago

    Scott Parker-Whelband

    I'm only a resent viewer but i think everyone should agree that this show restores a lot of faith in human compassion. sometimes things can be said that seem offensive to certain parties for instance young builders but look at it from Doms view. he tracks down builders who rip their customers off and he's insulting them not the whole world of young builders if your a builder and see this if you get good feedback from your work and you do a good job please don't think it's always against all builders.

  • Tom White

    3 years ago

    Tom White

    I wish the tradesmen,shops,and people that help out of the kindness of their hearts were named.That's the least you could do do

  • Tom White

    3 years ago

    Tom White

    Knocker

  • danny williams

    3 years ago

    danny williams

    i think, some of you commenters are bein unreasonable. because in the end they are doing this show for the viewers sake.

  • Dereck Evans

    3 years ago

    Dereck Evans

    Miss I, you miss my point. Getting the builder to do more for less money and getting companies to provide "freebies" is not the way to show people how to get work done. They should be showing people how to deal with contractors properly. Not some Melinda fantasy camp.

  • wayne17

    3 years ago

    wayne17

    so glad i can depend on good builders who are friends. and they can recommend people they know like plumbers etc. never been ripped off once. i think people need to investigate builders previous work first too see what they are capable of. Feel sorry for those who have been ripped off. The laws need to be changed i think to clamp down on them, how? i dont know, but then there is corruption at every level in society, dont think we will ever be free of it.

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  • Hannah M

    3 years ago

    Hannah M

    haha they filmed in Kirky, people in my class were talking about this for a while then i watched it and they were at redbrae road and mcnairs building supplies!! I live near there!

  • Kenny

    3 years ago

    Kenny

    I am an Architect and have watched a few of the shows. I'm always disapointed of the lack of understanding of detailing of your hosts and your building expert. I saw a beam getting framed out which was exposed to the outside and was not insulated ie the show created a 'cold bridge'. And you guys are supposed to be the experts! I take huge exception to the hosts as i dont think they have enough technical background and i dont think that the researchers to a good job either. I cringe sometimes at what the hosts say! Its not sound advice on occasions...

  • KIRKI GAL

    3 years ago

    KIRKI GAL

    i no the guy hes not that bad just sad the he couldnt finish it like the rest of the jobs he HAD!!!

  • Niall gadget lover mcgroarty

    3 years ago

    Niall gadget lover mcgroarty

    This programme is a good help to the community and why would these )&()&)&&&) £&(; do this to people do people like ruining peoples life? Do they want to go and rob people. Don't get done get Dom he and melinda do a great job to put peoples life back together

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  • sheila hill

    3 years ago

    sheila hill

    How right the builder was no need to ruin old kitchen,why not give it to needy cause.I would have loved that kitchen, Melinda needs to get real.

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  • james the spark

    3 years ago

    james the spark

    the price for that extension should have been close to 50,000 nt 27500 so leave the boy alone

  • jaz

    3 years ago

    jaz

    not a cowboy gave too cheap a price that extension should have cost close to 50000 no 27500 the spark

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  • Darren

    3 years ago

    Darren

    why are all these people complaining about comments made by dominic ? the guy was a young unexperienced builder and dom was right with what he said. i live accross the road from rob and natalie and have known them for many years, i also met dom in the local spar about a minute round the corner from that little street, great guy !

  • whoop

    3 years ago

    whoop

    @alan, the reason why the landlord let him in was because it was her property as he had been evicted, the rubbish in his flat also belonged to her because he had been evicted, she was doing nothing that was against the law or not in her right to do. As for finding out where these people live i am sure anyone could find out within the boundaries of the law... not that it makes great tv or sits comfortably.

  • Carl

    3 years ago

    Carl

    To James (above) - It's patently obvious that Dom is expressing his surprise and disappointment that a young 'builder' should already be behaving in such a cynical manner. Far from taking a swipe at 'youth' he is simply expressing his dismay. Also, in reply to the comment that there are others who are 'worse', what has that got to do with anything and how does that help anyone who's been ripped off? by this individual?

  • Patti

    3 years ago

    Patti

    when do we get to see the 'real workers' who transform these shoddy displays of workmanship??? it's all very well and good lookin at melinda from time to time pretending to get stuck in but to have to stare at what can only be decribed as a 'bulldog chewing a wasp' Dom is no fun at all bring on the real workers is what i say lets see more of the skill that is required here and less of the chasing after these callous cold hearted so called builders!!!!!!!

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  • DIXIE

    3 years ago

    DIXIE

    WHEN DO THE SUPPLIERS GET ANY CREDIT FOR PULLING PEOPLE OUT OF A HOLE WHY DO ONLY THE PRESENTERS GET TO LOOK GOOD?????????????????????

  • jay jay

    3 years ago

    jay jay

    Having family in the building trade and doing alot myself i understand the importance of quality work mans ship within the building trade, it doesnt matter the age of the builder or there experience as long as there doing a great job. I think Dom always does a great job and just meerly pointed out that this`cowboy` was stating he was qualified, and with 25 years experience and yet he was only 24. I think melinda does `beg` too much and it is embarrasing even from a viewers prospective although it is done for good reasons. i think the programme is great and its good that bad builders are being delt with.

  • Office cleaner

    3 years ago

    Office cleaner

    Another good episode. What a lovely family.

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  • Dan Brock

    3 years ago

    Dan Brock

    @Betty M I find bringing his religion and present/past relationships into the equation both objectionable and crude.

  • wild wadi

    3 years ago

    wild wadi

    There's nothing unusual about this guy. I'm in the building game and ripping off suppliers and subbies is the norm. I could point you to a handfull of people within a one mile radius of his home who've done worse.

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  • Miss I

    3 years ago

    Miss I

    James C and Dereck Evans. You should appreciate the work these lot are doing and not judging. So what if, they do things in unconventional way which wouldn’t work in the real world. It’s TV, as long as they get the job done, that all that matters. So don't hate, appreciate. Your comments are just condoning the actions of the cowboy builder but any ways good job to them.

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  • Ben Hall

    3 years ago

    Ben Hall

    Following veiwing this evenings Cowboy Builders I was left completely shocked by Dom's comments about finding this 'Bad YOUNG builder' Doms description of the builder on this programme makes viewers think because the builder in question was 'young' was the main reason why he had conned so many people and left the work half done. As a young 22 year old builder I am offended by his comments. Not all YOUNG builders are the same and just because one bad builder just happened to be YOUNG does not mean that Dominic should have kept repeating the age factor. I have been in the trade since the age of 16 and I assure Dominic and all the veiwers that I have a brilliant track record with hundreds of happy customers who can support my statement. I can aslo supply at lease a dozen names of other YOUNG builders who are equally as good as me with a great record. I normally enjoy this programme and most of Doms previous 'Cowboy Builders' Have been at least 10 year to twice my age but I have never heard Dom repeating their age as a problem. In future I think Dom needs to realise being 'Barely Old Enough to Shave' does not mean you are not a bad or distrustful builder.

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  • john

    3 years ago

    john

    I would like to know what the police has done to this builder, this is why if i need work done i will do it myself even if it means that I have to watch youtube to learn, I will not let a builder ANYWHERE NEAR MY HOUSE, ITS MINE AND THATS THAT, YOU WANT THE WORK THEN YOU DO IT FOR FREE FIRST THEN I WILL PAY WHEN ITS DONE AND ITS STILL STANDING IN 2 MONTHS TIME.

  • James C

    3 years ago

    James C

    I don't have a clue what Dom's on about - he's being childishly ageist. Peoples ages means nothing - I'm young and very good at what i do. 1 in 50 of the builders is young and he thinks it's ok to use ridiculous terms such as 'he's barley old enough to shave'. Who does that little man think he is. Lets look at what the middle age mr littlewood has done with his life: advised a few people to ask for discount! Well done you.

  • Dereck Evans

    3 years ago

    Dereck Evans

    Dont get me wrong. Cowboy builders are a real problem that need sorting. However, just just this episode but in all the episodes, Melinda acts like a proper cowboy client. Trying to screw more and more from John's team and the budget she gives them. It's clients like her that are also a scurge in the industry. Not a good advert for contractor/client relationships. Oh, and i can se me getting a free kitchen from B&Q when i run out of money, too. Get real.

  • nadine mclaren

    3 years ago

    nadine mclaren

    so glad for Natalie, Robert, Joshua and Louie that they can finaly continue with their family life after their ordeal with a cowboy builder. beautiful boys Joshua and Louie can now safely go out to play again without a building site at the side of their home.

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