While A Place In The Sun is known for its sunny escapism, there’s been no shortage of awkward moments over the years.
Whether it’s managing expectations and telling people to be realistic about their dreams, or the house hunters not being impressed by the presenters’ choices, there are some moments that have left viewers cringing.
However, speaking to Metro.co.uk ahead of A Place In The Sun heading to prime time for its 21st birthday, presenter Jasmine Harman revealed the awkward moment to end all others that happened behind-the-scenes.
‘The one that springs to my mind first – it was a long time ago, it was a Home Or Away,’ Jasmine began.
While the presenter acknowledged that it’s essential for there to be a bit of disagreement about where to live to allow the show’s premise to work, the couple in question really couldn’t agree in the slightest.
She added: ‘And a really awkward moment came in the final chat when I said to them, “Have you two managed to come to an agreement?” And she said, “Well, I still want to be at home.” And he said, “I still want to be away.” I said, “So what are you gonna do?” And he said, “Well, it’s my money.” And that was super awkward.
‘But then when our researcher followed up with them to sort of find out what had happened after we finished filming […] the gentleman said that they’d split up, and could our researcher help him to find an Italian girlfriend?’ Jasmine continued.
‘Bear in mind this is a couple in their 70s,’ she laughed, recalling that the team then put together a voice over on the pair’s episode when it broadcast, explaining that they had gone their separate ways after filming ended.
However, it didn’t end there.
‘Then it was broadcast and the next day, the woman phoned up the office and she said, “We haven’t split up, how dare you?!”‘ Jasmine recalled. ‘So that was again super awkward, because he’d told us that they’d split up, but he hadn’t told her.’
Despite the occasional awkward moment, the show has helped tons of house hunters and viewers over the years, with the presenter describing it as an incredibly ‘rewarding’ job.
While the show helps house hunters find their happy endings with dream properties, it also helped Jasmine, who’s presented the show for 16 years, find her happy ending with camera operator Jon Boast, who she’s been married to since 2009.
Reflecting on their journey together, she explained: ‘It’s really nostalgic looking back at when we first met and the places that we’ve been and the things we used to do and the fun we used to have before we had kids. Our family has grown all around A Place In The Sun.
‘We met each other, we got together, we bought a flat, we got married, we’ve had two children, both of our children’s godparents are people we worked with, who we met through A Place In The Sun. So it’s like a family, really.’
A Place in the Sun celebrates its 21st birthday by going prime time on November 8 on Channel 4.
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