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TVChoice PROPERTY SNAKES AND LADDERS (Channel 4, 8pm)

IT'S a tough old world of late, with the global economic crisis leaving us all trudging along, praying to anyone who will listen that the recession doesn't rob us of our livelihood.

We certainly have less loose change in our pockets than we had a few years ago, less willing to take a chance on an investment when the risks outweigh the benefits.

That's probably why more people are paying attention to Sarah Beeny than ever before.

See? Every cloud really does have a silver lining.

For the past eight years, Sarah has been on our screens, guiding budding property developers through the renovation game.

Many of the people viewers saw appearing on Property Ladder barely paid lip-service to her well-groundeadvice, but they were often saved from their own bad decisions by rising house prices.

But now the property market is in turmoil and its former stability has become a dim and distant memory.

The people appearing here are a different breed of developers, more nervous about failing than ever before and perhaps likely to do what most should have done years back - listen to the expert.

After starting her own property development company at the age of 24, Sarah still finds time to run her businesses alongside her busy TV schedule, and it's pretty clear she knows what she's talking about.

Despite the rest of us having a pretty clear idea of just how perilous a position the property market is in, two developers appearing on this week's show have been spurred on by previous successes.

But will they fail where so many others have before by ignoring Sarah's words of wisdom or will they play it safe and take her advice?

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Date:Aug 11, 2009
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