1 9 9 8 – 1 9 9 9 (UK)
16 x 55 minute episodes
Dysfunctional Geordie brothers – down-to-earth Trevor (Stephen Tompkinson) and womanising Joe (Robson Green) Purvis – are forced to work together in the building trade (as Purvis & Purvis Master Builders) for economic reasons.
They move from Newcastle to London to escape the angry husband of one of Joe’s married conquests and take a job renovating a large house for fussy yuppie couple Paul (Neil Stuke from Game On) and Laura (Emily Joyce). The series shows how their different worlds collide.
The first series of eight episodes was successful and a second series was commissioned, airing in 1999. By this time, Trevor and Joe were reduced to working as labourers on a building site, but friction with rival subcontractor Nick Costello (David Westhead) prompted them to go back into business for themselves.