Find It, Fix It, Flog It is a daytime TV guilty pleasure.

The Channel 4 series follows a pair of DIY masters as they take on just about any unique object or supposed piece of junk and miraculously turn it into a profitable item with a little elbow grease and creativity.

It’s upcycling at it’s very best!

Henry Cole and Simon O’Brien are the loveable presenting duo although they have been joined by Simon Lovegrove and Max McMurdo over the course of the series.

Simon is back for a new series on Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway, so let’s get to know a little bit more about Simon and where he gets his fixing powers from.

Henry Cole and Simon O’Brien attend the Royal Television Society Programme Awards (Photo by Joe Maher/WireImage)

Who is Simon O’Brien?

Simon is a 55-year-old TV and radio presenter as well as a property developer.

His career kick-started in 1982 as an actor on the now-defunct TV soap Brookside, later moving into TV presenting on a host of 1990s shows form football format Standing Room Only to kids’ TV shows.

In 2006 he moved into radio and was presented BBC Radio Merseyside’s Breakfast show for just over 12 months.

Simon has always been involved in property development throughout his career and is considered a typical ‘hands-on’ man. Speaking to the Express, Simon said of his love for hands-on activities:

I don’t let jobs get left undone at home. I just want to be up and doing it. Our family of limited means grew up in grand Victorian homes that were bought for a song as they were falling to bits – there’d be signs on the doors saying ‘do not enter’ as there wasn’t a floor.

The 54-year-old has a wife called Liz, a teacher, and a 10-year-old daughter called Rosa.

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Simon’s bond with co-presenter Henry Cole

Henry and Simon were not friends before Find It, Fix It, Flog It – although they’re certainly two peas in a pod now!

The C4 series initially launched in 2016 meaning the two have forged a strong on and off camera partnership for over three years.

In the same interview, Henry said:

I was put together as a presenter with Henry Cole – Posh Henry – who’s into all the automotive stuff that bores me to death, to see if this northern fella could get on with this posh one, and we get on like a house on fire.

What happened to Simon’s eye?

Little is known about how Simon sustained his eye injury although it has been reported that he lost sight in his left eye due to some sort of freak accident.

Wearing an eye patch helps to limit light and prevent further damage.

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Simon O’Brien, The Great House Giveaway. Picture: Channel 4

The Great House Giveaway

Simon is back on our screens as a host of the new Channel 4 series The Great House Giveaway.

The programme follows two strangers, who have never been homeowners before, given a lump sum to buy a property at an auction.

The pair then has six months to renovate the property into a habitable and desirable home.  If they don’t sell it, the house goes back to an auction.



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