After reading about this UK TV series in this month's Sew Hip magazine, I've watched the first four episodes - the first three on Channel 4 OD and then Thursday night's episode on the telly.
How funny to see Kirstie Allsop declare she is on a budget! After watching her spend £250 on a vintage quilt (very nice though) and seeing her parents' and other family friends' homes, I can see budget means something quite different to her than it does to me. Although, I quite like Kirstie. She is posh and she knows it, but she doesn't try to hide it, and so comes across as quite unpretentious.
I found the finished rooms to have far too much clutter for my tastes. And sighed to think of the poor cleaner with all those knick-knacks to dust - especially in the bathrooms.
I was eager to see Kirstie promote crafting, but thought she could not reasonably claim to have made things herself. Crafting is about sustained effort, not knitting a couple of rows, sewing half a cushion or a couple of patchwork squares, and then getting someone else to finish an item off for you.
Still, I can see "real" crafting might not make good TV. Imagine this: here is episode 44, in which Kirstie reaches square 54 out of 78 for her knitted throw and sews together another 2 columns of hexagons for her 27-column table runner.
Nevertheless, anything which brings crafting into the public eye, and perhaps helps non-crafters appreciate its value, is a Good Thing IMO.