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Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts, 57, has reflected on one of the “weirdest” moments he has experienced while filming the BBC show so far. The star was visiting a property for the programme at the time when he discovered an elderly gentleman had been forgotten and left in the house when his family moved out.
Martin explained in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk that he and his colleagues were initially concerned that the man was “dead”, as he was sleeping when they arrived at the home.
He recalled: “We turned up at one property, which looked like it had recently been vacated, and the director went in and she came out ashen-faced and said, ‘There’s a dead body in the bedroom’.
“And we’re like, ‘What?’ So gingerly we all went in and in the bedroom there’s this bed and obviously a body in it and we’re going, ‘Well that’s a first!’”
The team were relieved to discover that the man was not dead after all, as he started snoring.
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Martin continued: “Then it started snoring so we kind of prodded this body and it sat up in bed and it was this old gentleman whose family had left the house in such a rush that they’d forgotten to take grandad with them!
“So they grabbed all their belongings and bundled them into a car but forgot about grandad, so he woke up in this bed wondering where his family were, surrounded by a film crew going, ‘Well actually, the house has been sold.’”
Martin revealed the man was unsurprisingly “baffled” when he met the presenter.
The property expert divulged: “He was a little bit baffled, so that is by far and away the weirdest thing that we’ve ever found.
“I think it would be hard to beat that one,” the star laughed.
Martin went on to address some worrying features he has encountered in properties while filming the programme.
He detailed that he has seen dangerous issues in some homes, revealing: “Electrics that have been done by amateurs obviously, wires hanging out of the ceiling, wires hanging out of walls.
“Unfortunately, occasionally, when properties are left, people get in and they vandalise, but they steal the most unbelievable things.
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“They will steal boilers, but they will also steal all the pipe work and the electric cables.
“There must be money in selling pipes and metal I guess, and the boiler is obviously worth something to somebody.”
Explaining the problem further, Martin continued: “But when they’re ripped off, more often than not they wouldn’t have sealed the gas or the electric or the water, so you have a very interesting combination there of gas, electricity and water.
“That’s the worst case scenario and some of the worst properties are where someone’s had an animal inside and not let it out, thank God it’s not smellyvision in those scenarios.”(sic)
Martin admitted that bad odours can be difficult to cope with behind-the-scenes of the show.
He said: “There’s always a risk assessment before we go into a property but unfortunately smells…
“We have a Hammer golden rule, which is don’t open the fridge whatever you do.
“If you go into a property, never open the fridge or the freezer because the smell, if you do, is something you’ll never forget if the property has been left for ages.”
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