Guilty Pleasures No 9: Willber Willberforce, on 'Location, Location, Location'

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I'm obsessed. No one at 1Xtra knows about my interest in this programme. Not until now. I'm so sad. The saddest thing of all is that they are all repeats now and yet I still watch them. If I'm flicking through and it's on I have to watch it even though I know the results.

I'm obsessed. No one at 1Xtra knows about my interest in this programme. Not until now. I'm so sad. The saddest thing of all is that they are all repeats now and yet I still watch them. If I'm flicking through and it's on I have to watch it even though I know the results.

I watch it on Home & Leisure and, I mean, who watches Home & Leisure? The brilliant thing about it is that they have two channels and you can flick from one to the other and watch Location, Location, Location back to back, flip-flopping from one to another all afternoon.It started about four years ago when I moved. The whole thing of doing up a house left an impression on me. I didn't get into things like Changing Rooms but I did get into Location, Location, Location because it fascinated me that people were paying half the amount I had paid but had more floor space.

It's opened my eyes to the rest of the UK and when people were talking about parts of the BBC moving to Manchester, I was the one saying "Manchester has some nice areas, with local amenities nearby". And Scotland has become one of my ideal retreats because of its beauty.

The two people that do the show - the woman is called Kirstie Allsopp - they are so suited as a couple that you think that by the end of the show they are going to get married. They have their little discussion about whether they think the couple who are buying are going to like the property that they've found.

It's not just about property; it's about the interaction of four characters on screen.

Willber Willberforce is head of the BBC's urban music radio station 1Xtra

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