- Canada's Worst Handyman
show_name = Canada's Worst Handyman
runtime = 60 minutes (including ccommercials)
country = CAN
language = English
network = Discovery Channel Canada
March 13, 2006
last_aired = Present
num_episodes = 7
list_episodes = List of Canada's Worst Handyman episodes
Canada's Worst Handyman 2
Canada's Worst Driver Britain's Worst DIYer
website = http://www.discoverychannel.ca/worsthandyman/
"Canada's Worst Handyman" is a
2006 reality television seriesairing on Discovery Channel Canada, produced by Proper Television. The show and its format is based on " Britain's Worst DIYer", and is considered to be a sister show of " Canada's Worst Driver" (itself an adaptation of " Britain's Worst Driver"). Three seasons have been completed, and as of September 2008, nominations are being taken for a fourth season.
The show is hosted by "Canada's Worst Driver" host
Andrew Younghusband, and shares much of its production crew as "Canada's Worst Driver".
Like "Driver", "Handyman" has five contestants vying to "not" become
Canada's worst handyman. Unlike "Driver", however, none of the contestants are eliminated - instead, at the end of each episode, one will be named the most improved, while another will be named the worst. Also, the time frame for "Handyman" is much shorter, lasting only two weeks, instead of the eight weeks for "Driver"; and each episode chronicled one or two days, instead of a week for "Driver". On the sixth episode, the five contestants will work together to refurbish an apartment in ten hours, with the one with the worst individual performance being named Canada's worst handyman.
Like "Driver", the contestants are accompanied by their nominators, who are allowed to assist them in their various tasks. Each week (except the finale) also features a "yardwork challenge", which is done by the five contestants as a group. Except for the first yardwork challenge, each of the yardwork challenges has a contestant named as the project's foreman, and the foreman designation is given to the most improved contestant for the previous week; this particular twist was added when the judges saw how badly they performed at the first yard challenge without a designated leader. The contestant named the worst in each show is obligated to "hang their head in shame" and nail a picture of themselves along a "wall of shame", and be personally tutored by Younghusband on an aspect leading to their nomination.
The show takes place at the "Handyman Rehabilitation Centre", a building of the
Regent Parkpublic housing complex in Toronto, Ontario. Located at the corner of Dundas and Parliament, it was demolished following the filming of the show. [ [http://spacing.ca/wire/?p=536 "Spacing Wire" on the demolition of Regent Park] ] [ [http://www.fabmagazine.com/features/290/Worst_Handyman.html "fab Magazine" interview with Keith Cole] ] [ [http://www.eastnorthumberland.com/article.php?id=150 "The Independent" article on Darryl Andrews and Sara Graziano] ]
The five contestants for the first season are as follows:
* Darryl Andrews, a professional bodyguard from
Warkworth, Ontario, who is shown to be suffering from a confidence problem after being told by relatives that he was not handy. He is nominated by wife Sara Graziano. A recurring theme in the series is the apparent marriage breakdown that ensues whenever Darryl is working, with Sara being incredibly vocal, although this has been shown by the couple to have been exaggerated by the production crew for television purposes.
* Merle Auger, a truck driver from
Sucker Creek, Alberta, who believes that duct tapeis the answer to all renovation problems. He also rarely measures or uses a level, and leaves much work around the house unfinished for years, having very little motivation to complete them. He is nominated by longtime common-law partner Shelly Willier.
* Keith Cole, a
performance artist from Toronto, Ontario, who lacks the motivation to do renovation work and is afraid of power tools. He has a tendency to delegate work to others while doing as little work as he can. He is nominated by friend David Hawe, a photographer for " NOW Magazine".
* Barry Davis, a substitute teacher from
Quadra Island, British Columbia, who performs work without regards to safety, including having used a chainsawindoors and having electrocuted himself while trying to fix a clothes dryerwhile standing in a puddle of water. He is nominated by Scot Hutton, a neighbor who considers Barry a danger to himself and others when renovating.
* Jeannie MacCulloch, a retiree from
Victoria, British Columbia, who purchased a house with the aim at restoring it, but as longtime friend and nominator Laurence Headley notes, Jeannie is unable to read and understand instructions.
The experts for the first season are as follows:
* Dr. Julie Hill, a
psychologistwho has taught psychology in two Ontario universities.
* Greg House, a
general contractorwith international experience, having managed both residential and commercial projects over a long career
* Robin Lockhart, an
interior designerspecializing in high-end residential and commercial design. She is a graduate of the International Academy of Design
* [http://www.discoverychannel.ca/worsthandyman Discovery Channel website]
* [http://www.worsthandyman.ca "Canada's Worst Handyman Homewrecker" game]
* [http://propertelevision.com/ Proper Television homepage]
* [http://www.worsthandyman.blogspot.com Darryl Andrews website]
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