Simon Davis to present new Country House Rescue, but which is better? Rescue or The Hotel Inspector?

by Lynn Connolly

Channel 4 have today announced that writer Simon Davis is to take over from Ruth Watson to present Country House Rescue next year…

But as the show runs along similar lines to Channel 5’s show, The Hotel Inspector, I want to know which of these shows you think is the best?

As you are probably aware, both shows visit properties that are in need of a revamp or business reboot to make them more financially viable. Country House Rescue being, rather obviously, the rescue of Country Houses, and The Hotel Inspector, again, as it says on the tin, all about rescuing bleak hotels from the verge of failure.

But for me, The Hotel Inspector is a winner. I absolutely love Alex Polizzi, especially when she gets mad and swears at, or shouts at, stubborn hotel owners…

And though we’ve yet to see Simon in the role as presenter on Country House Rescue, I can’t really see he’s going to be as scathing and cutting as Alex. But there, time will tell.

Certainly Ruth Watson has her moments of fury, and those are always fun to watch…

But I think the real appeal of these shows lie with the people who own the country house or hotel in question. Both shows have turned up some really fascinating characters!

Getting back to Simon’s new role, he told Channel 4, “I have an unbridled love of the country house and believe passionately that they, and the public, are best served by these properties staying in the hands of the original owners and being made to work to survive.

“Our great country homes need to function as they did when they were first built. They need to be culturally inspiring, but above all, they’ve got to be places where people go to be entertained.”

Well said Sir… but back to the original question; which show do you prefer? Country House Rescue or The Hotel Inspector?

To help you decide, here’s a clip from The Hotel Inspector, when Alex got really mad with one hotelier…

And here’s a classic clip from Country House Rescue…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.