Tasmania will be the star of a new six-episode reality TV series that showcases the state’s relaxed beachfront lifestyle to the rest of the country.

‘Love Shack’, featuring former Block Sky High contestants Bec and George Douros and sponsored by MyState, follows the couple as they take on the challenge of renovating a humble 1970s shack on a beachfront property at Lewisham in southern Tasmania.

Bec Douros said the couple fell in love with Hobart and Tasmania, and couldn’t wait to have their own little love shack on the water.

Filmed over a period of three months, the show will cover the real challenges and dramas of renovating. Adding to the stresses and strains, Bec and George will also be juggling parenthood and trying to renovate with their first child, Archie, underfoot.

“It’s going to be tough, but we can’t wait to get stuck in and create a little slice of Tassie paradise,” Bec said.

The show is produced by Melbourne-based production company MWC Media and gives Executive Producer, Mike Chapman a chance to return home.

“I grew up in Tassie, so jumped at the chance to be involved in this project,” said Chapman. “I think Bec and George really embody the warmth and friendliness of Tasmanians.”

Chapman believes the show will live up to its name in more ways than one.

“Bec and George are such a genuinely likeable couple that I’m positive the locals are going to fall in love with them. And when the rest of Australia sees how achievable beachfront life is, they are going to fall in love with Tassie! I can really see this having flow-on effects for property and tourism in the state.”

Chapman has also been surprised at the level of local support and thinks Tasmanian businesses have been waiting for a project like this to get behind.

“We will be using local businesses for every stage of the renovation: from the finance, which is being provided by Tasmanian bank, MyState, to the suppliers and building experts. We want Love Shack to showcase Tasmania to the rest of Australia.”

The series will air on the WIN Network on Sunday afternoons from May through to June. There will also be an interactive online magazine for all that important behind-the-scenes stuff.
Mike Chapman