I watched Buying London for the first time and totally cringed throughout

Since the rise of Selling Sunset on Netflix back in 2019 (which has arguably run its course) there's been an array of different spin-offs trying to replicate its success.

When I first started watching Selling Sunset, I was well aware of what I was getting into, but found myself hooked from the beginning. In true Netflix fashion, there are plenty of alternative shows which allow you to oggle at rich people's houses - and it's safe to say you etiher love it or you hate it.

I, for one, am a sucker for anything cringe and will watch just about anything that lets me escape reality for a short 20/30-minute window with plenty of snacks. Cue 'Buying London', the incredibly cringe British alternative to Selling Sunset.

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The show is all about Daniel Daggers who runs DDRE global, a luxury property company that sells big posh houses in London, Dubai, Dorset and Hetfordshire. He's assisted by his team (who are basically all perfect) including Oli Hamilton, Remi Nicole, Lauren Christy, Rosi Walden and more.

Firstly, I need to talk about how perfectly pristine the whole cast look during their days at work. Naturally, this is far from realistic, but I couldn't help but stare at their gorgeous outfits and perfectly quaffed hair. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm fully aware that the majority of these shows are scripted to high heavens, despite trying to make out as if they are completely natural. But, this one, takes the biscuit.

The 'drama' on set seems false and disingenuous. But the worst part is, I couldn't stop watching it. Throughout the show, we meet interior designer Juliana Ardenius who continues to flirt around agent Oli Hamilton despite him having a wife.

After Juliana has batted her eyelashes one too many times, there is a slight altercation between his wife Avia Solomon, who is a makeup artist. Personally, this, if you can even call it 'drama', and a few pretty houses are the two main things that hooked me.

I've read a few reviews for the show rating it an average 2.5 out of 5 - which I personally think is a little harsh. Sometimes, a little escape with some bad TV is essential and, as cringe as Buying London is, it definitely takes your mind off things.

However, I can see why viewers would get irritated by this show which is all based on the rich and "how the other half live". As far as Netflix shows go, it's okay to watch if you want to scroll on your phone, but it's definitely not ground-breaking.

Just brace yourself for the awkward slow-mo struts from the cast around the office which caused me to look away in embarrassment multiple times. This programme is far from 'natural' in any sense of the word and is definitely not for everyone.

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