Martin Roberts saved Homes Under The Hammer cameraman from standing on a buried needle

Martin Roberts recalls preventing injury for cameraman

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Martin Roberts, 56, has seen quite a few eye-raising things during his 17 years on Homes Under The Hammer, coming across little surprises here and there but not all of them are pleasant. During a conversation with comedian Mo Gilligan on his latest Martin Roberts’ Property Titbits YouTube channel, the presenter revealed he once managed to save his cameraman from stepping on an upturned needle buried in a rundown garden.

Someone’s supposed to go in there and sort that out, but in this case they hadn’t

Martin Roberts

It came after Mo asked Martin about why the gardens are always so “derelict”.

“One thing I’ve always noticed on Homes Under The Hammer, I’ve never seen a nice garden,” he realised.

“The garden’s are always derelict!”

It prompted him to ask whether the film crew had ever come across anything dodgy in the undergrowth of the overgrown lawns and hedges.

Martin nodded as one memory sprung to mind.

“Supposedly before they go to auction, they’re cleaned up,” he said, referring to the property and any land that comes with it.

“Someone’s supposed to go in there and sort that out, but in this case they hadn’t.”

He went on: “You can imagine the way we film it – I’m walking and the cameraman is walking backwards to be able to film me.

“And on one occasion as he was walking backwards and as I was talking, I just happened to glance down and he was just about to step on an upturned needle!”

Mo gasped as Martin shrieked: “I was like, ‘No!'” he shook his head

“Imagine the scariness of that.”

The worrying experience reminded Martin to always advise potential property buyers to wear thick soled shoes when visiting houses as you can never be too careful.

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Earlier on during their chat, Martin believed he knew the real reason as to why the show had seen a huge surge in millennial viewers tuning in to watch.

The presenter admitted it’s probably a happy accident they discovered the BBC program and the pandemic most probably helped.

“I think people have been at home at the time of day they would usually have been working!” he replied as Mo put the question to him.

“And I suppose they think, ‘Oh I’m cheesed off, I’m going to watch a bit of telly for some light relief,’ and they discover Homes Under The Hammer.”

The ever-popular show started out in 2003 and it’s growing fan base is very evident, as Martin revealed that the property show boasted ratings higher than some of BBC’s top series put together.

“On one bank holiday, we were the most watched program throughout the entire day on BBC One,” he beamed, noting it had an estimated 36% audience share.

The host added: “It’s crazy! But here it still is and I’m really proud of it.

“There was this amazing research done by YouGov and we discovered – believe this or not – it’s more popular than Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders and Killing Eve combined!”

Homes Under The Hammer airs weekdays at 10am one BBC One.

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