Amanda Lamb breaks silence on why she ‘couldn’t’ continue with A Place In The Sun

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Amanda Lamb, 48, worked on hit property show A Place In The Sun for five years between 2001 and 2005 before the show stopped being commissioned. When Channel 4 eventually decided to revive the popular programme, they asked the former Scottish Widows star if she would consider returning, however, it was not possible for her at that time.

They did ask me to go back

Amanda Lamb

She divulged: “I’d love to go back, I think my girls are a bit older now, they stopped commissioning A Place in the Sun, when my daughter was three and a half, so for three years there were no episodes. 

“When it came back, they did ask me to go back, at the time she was three and a half, nearly four, she was just about to start school. 

“I couldn’t just take off for two years, and not see her. Or drag her around with me, so I couldn’t do it but now they are both a bit older, quite possibly.”

However, the presenter has not ruled out a return to the programme that she became best known for.

She added: “I’d love to go back and do a few celeb ones, they were good fun when I did those. 

“I did one with Tara Palmer Tomkinson and Anthea Turner. 

“It was good fun, but yeah I’m very happy with My Mortgage Free Home because it means I get to do two/three days a week of filming and then the rest of the time I can be at home with the kids and the dogs.”

My Mortgage Free Home is a new programme that Amanda has filmed for HGTV.

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It shows prospective home-buyers how they could afford to live mortgage-free and with extra money in their pocket each month.

She revealed that there were moments on the show that saw buyers become overcome with emotion, as they realised that their property dreams could become a reality.

The real estate expert sets out to show couples and families how they can save money and live mortgage-free on the programme.

In some instances, when Amanda would take people around properties that would save them money each month, the buyers would become tearful.

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Amanda said: “When we come on board, quite often they will walk into a house, and it’s the first time (homebuyers) have walked into a property that would enable them to live that dream that they have had for years, you know. 

“There’s been a few people who have walked in and gone, ‘I could live in this and I could live in it and not have a mortgage’. 

“So yeah there’s been quite a few tears, but happy tears, not sad tears,” she added.

The clients who have appeared on the programme have also varied, with some hoping to downsize, and others who would like to leave “the rat race”.

She continued: ”A big variety of people (on the show), some people who are trying to get out of the rat race. 

“Other people their kids have grown up and all of a sudden they’re rattling around in these big family homes, that they don’t need anymore.  

“So there’s a real difference of people we have got on the show.”

My Mortgage Free Home airs Mondays from 12th October, 9pm on HGTV

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