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TELLY PAIR TAKE FIVE.

Byline: FIONA CUMMINS

TV PROPERTY gurus Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan have signed a two-year exclusive deal with Five.

And it will see the Scots duo, who fronted the Beeb's Million Pound Property Experiment, host a new range of prime-time property, entertainment and lifestyle shows.

Last night, Colin and Justin said: "We are delighted to be joining Five at this exciting time and are looking forward to the challenges and opportunities our new relationship offers."

Five's Controller of Features and Entertainment, Ben Frow, said: "I think they are except- ional talents who have proven they can punch through and become talk-about television."

The pair became household names when they set about converting pounds 100,000 into pounds 1million by climbing up the property ladder on BBC2 last year.

But the defection will offer McAllister, 36, and Ryan, 37, peak-time exposure, following similar moves by stars like Carol Smillie.

A source said: "The BBC was caught off guard. They didn't have an exclusive contract with them and we've snapped them up."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2004
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