Television

Gordon Ramsay is reforming the prison system, Jamie Oliver is making us healthier, Caroline Quentin is saving our old buildings and Mary Portas is looking after our high streets.

Essentially, the Government is so busy with other things that it’s fallen to an unlikely raft of celebrities to solve the country’s problems.

Chief among them is Phil Spencer, who is trying to invigorate the nation’s flagging property market.

This time he goes undercover in Scotland, trying to get offers on two houses not far from Glasgow’s busy city centre. In Giffnock, he’s working with Dougie, whose three-bed home has Scotland’s best state school on the doorstep. And in Uddingston, he meets Pamela and Ian, whose five-bed cottage is struggling to find a buyer. One house is a 50s throwback, the other an 80s revival, and neither is what the buyers of Glasgow’s swanky suburbs want in a family home.

Phil says: “Taking on a project to help get the housing market moving again is incredibly exciting. By working right across the country, advising both buyers and sellers, I’ll be trying to broker as many deals as possible.”