Better Homes and Gardens

Countdown to Carols

Better Homes and Gardens Countdown to Carols special

7.00pm Friday, 23 December on Channel 7 and 7plus

Jingle into Carols in the Domain with a festive Better Homes and Gardens special

Australia’s beloved lifestyle program Better Homes and Gardens ushers in the festive season with Countdown to Carols, a 30-minute holiday special airing 7.00pm Friday, 23 December on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Countdown to Carols will lead into the 40th annual Woolworths Carols in the Domain, the nation’s largest and most iconic Christmas event, airing at 7.30pm and hosted by Sunrise’s Natalie Barr and David Koch.

During the countdown, host Johanna Griggs travels to Australia’s Top End to meet the amazing people who deliver groceries to remote communities as part of an incredible initiative by CareFlight and Woolworths. Before she leaves, Johanna manages to catch a Top End-style Christmas celebration too.

Keeping spirits high, Fast Ed gets into the kitchen to help kick off the Christmas season, creating a delicious no-bake pavlova and a Jatz cracker tart using a simple Christmas ham filling and ingredients almost everyone will have on hand.

Settle in with the family for a night of feel-good festive fun, with the Better Homes and Gardens Countdown to Carols special at 7.00pm, followed by Woolworths Carols in the Domain at 7.30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus.

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New season commences Friday 3 February.


Bigger and better than ever

Better Homes and Gardens returns with brand new season

Australia’s number one lifestyle program Better Homes and Gardens returns for its 29th season starting 7.00pm Friday, 3 February on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Host Johanna Griggs and the Better Homes and Gardens team have been scouring the nation for bigger, better and bolder ideas. In 2023 they will scour the country, from Perth and Hobart, to find irresistible recipes, ingenious gardening tips, innovative designs and inspiration to create a little piece of paradise in your own home.

On what to expect, Johanna said: “After the past few years, people are loving getting their hands dirty and want to learn more about DIY. They want to know how to transform their homes for less, including cosmetic room makeovers, storage solutions and clever craft projects.

"Australians have let us know they are craving more details of projects that they can attempt themselves. They want quick fixes, smart ideas and a great end product. Better Homes and Gardens has it all.”

Must-see segments in the 2023 season return include:

• Johanna, Graham and Karen making delicious summer prawn, corn and basil lettuce cups

• Fast Ed and Pete whipping up some smokey pork baguettes, perfect for a summer picnic or barbecue

• Charlie, Adam and Melissa transforming a boring backyard into a multipurpose space the whole family will love

• Juliet sharing simple ways to add style and personality to your place without losing the lease

• Graham exploring Corinda, a stunning house and garden overlooking Hobart’s historic waterfront

• Dr Harry catching up with the Seagull Squad: an elite group of canines on patrol to save diners from seagulls

• Johanna and Pete visiting an amazing architect-designed home in Mt Tambourine that takes indoor/outdoor living to a whole new level

The new season of Better Homes and Gardens airs each Friday at 7.00pm featuring host Johanna Griggs, Adam Dovile (DIY), Charlie Albone (landscaping), Dr Harry Cooper (vet), Graham Ross (gardening), Juliet Love (decorating and design), “Fast Ed” Halmagyi (chef), Karen Martini (chef), Melissa King (gardening), Pete Colquhoun (architect) and James Tobin (tech and motoring).


There’s some very long serving people on that show


Australian Idol judge Harry Connick Jr. and daughters Charlotte and Georgia are on this week’s show, ahead of Sunday night’s grand final.


Better Homes and Gardens takes the Tuesday 7.30pm timeslot on 6 June.

What is happening to Seven’s schedule?

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BH&G has not aired on Tuesday nights since 2004, so it is kind of nostalgic return.


Instead of Friday’s or in addition to?

Odd that an episode will air on that Tuesday. Is it a normal episode, or a “special of sorts”?

Instead of Friday - with cricket taking the timeslot.

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It will be repeated on 7two on Friday 9 June at 7.30pm in all states.


Pending on tonight’s ratings…. Do we think Seven may return the show to Tuesday nights?

Sevens schedule currently reminds me of pre 2010 this week.

All we need is the Great Outdoors to make a come back.


Well, the other week, it did well over 400k metro and has regularly been the top non-news show on Fridays this year beating Gardening and Nine’s combo and individually NRL and Country House Hunters, despite 7Two’s low Adelaide audience (recently not even being included in the coding for some reason). Which seems pretty good in a very competitive timeslot, including Seven’s own AFL, NRL and previously Living Room. Regional goes big and there’s heaps of encores across the network, overseas sales and commercial agreements. Fridays is Seven’s best night for a very long time, at least since 2007 when getting AFL rights back, main channel always 20-30% share, no doubt helped by BH&G which still does over 100k in Sydney for 90min against Nine and Fox League’s NRL. So not hard to see why it’s still crucial, even if a long way from its 1-1.5m metro No. 1 program days.

Tonight, being a higher rating work night and no AFL/NRL plus Gardening could be telling, though also feel its too strange a night/timeslot for viewers to get used to, straight away at least, from a one off.

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Johanna Griggs and Adam Dovile are currently filming segments in Ireland.

The Ireland episodes will air in August.


I was just about to post this, you beat me to it Johnson :grin: Particularly regarding the “2.9m Australians” claim by the Irish stakeholders. Would this be what Seven told them? If so, perhaps an insight into BH&G’s total reach (min 1min?) including encores, repeats and BVOD? Is it on Foxtel too? I guess when you look at it like that, it is still quite a commanding show in some regards then.

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Joh is in Sydney for Logies so this incorrect.

Joh would have been in Ireland earlier this month filming segments, before flying back to Sydney in time for Logies nominations announcement this morning.

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Yeah but you said they are currently in Ireland which is clearly not the case.

Former House Rules and Survivor contestant Aimee Stanton is a guest presenter on tonight’s show. The segment was filmed at Sydney Tiny Homes Expo at Hawkesbury Showgrounds (held on May 12-14 this year).

Tiny living is booming and there are so many different ways to live small without sacrificing on comfort. Whether you plan to move completely off-grid or just want a small place to escape in your backyard, the possibilities are endless. So, our resident architecture expert Pete teams up with tiny homes aficionado Aimee Stanton to take a first-hand look at the Sydney Tiny Homes Expo. They’ll show you all the different options that are out there and help you consider what will work best for you.