Rich House, Poor House

Rich House, Poor House viewers confused as episode leaves out ending meet-up

Viewers love the part where they all meet up

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The ending to last night’s Rich House, Poor House left Channel 5 viewers scratching their heads as it appeared to skip one of their favourite parts of the popular documentary series.

In Sunday (May 10) evening’s instalment, viewers met restaurateurs Steve and Jo Haslam, who have a disposable income of £3,000 a week and live in a lavish six-bedroom home in Chelmsford.

Together with their children, they swapped places with Neil and Louise Brimicombe and their family, who, at the opposite end of the wealth spectrum, live on £140 per week.

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Neil, Louise and their family have a disposable income of £140 a week (Credit: Channel 5)

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At the end of the episode, each of the families reflected separately on what they had experienced.

What was different?

Steve admitted: “I’ve probably done more parenting in the last week than I have in the last year.”

His son, Oliver, observed: “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live. As long as you have a house and you spent time with your family, that’s all that matters.”

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The ‘rich’ family had a weekly disposable income of £3,000 (Credit: Channel 5)

Louise said: “Even though we’ve got a smaller house, it’s our home. So I’m happy to be back.”

Her husband confessed, “I was nice to be Steve for a week” before adding: “This experience has inspired me, especially for my kids.”

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There was no meet-up at the end of the episode (Credit: Channel 5)

The episode then ended, without the families meeting up to discuss what they had learned.

Viewers at home were disappointed and confused at the apparently missing segment.

One said: “Hi, am I the only one wondering why the families didn’t meet up this week?”

Where is the meet up?

Another wrote: “One of my waking thoughts this morning was that @channel5_tv’s @richHpoorH #RichHousePoorHouse families didn’t meet last night to discuss lessons learnt.”

A third put: “Where is the meet up? I LOVE THE MEET UP #RichHousePoorHouse.”

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Someone else said: “How come they didn’t meet up at the end?? Bit rubbish, feel a bit underwhelmed with that episode #RichHousePoorHouse.”

Why was there no meet-up?

“Why didn’t they meet up after?” tweeted a fifth. “No time? #RichHousePoorHouse.”

But another user pointed out: “It’s an old episode. They didn’t used to meet.”

ED! contacted Channel 5 and the broadcaster confirmed the meetings at the end of the episodes were not introduced until some time after last night’s episode – a repeat of series two, episode two – originally aired.

The latest series of Rich House, Poor House ended last week.

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