Nine locks in The Block

Channel Nine announced today that Australia’s longest running reality program, The Block, will be returning for its 12th series after the Olympics.

Five new teams of renovators from various generations will be leaving their old lives behind for the challenge of a lifetime.

The latest series promises to be one of grand-scale proportions as these couples renovate the derelict headquarters of a historic Australian soap and candle factory.

Simon Baird, Programming Executive, says: “The Block is Australia’s most loved renovation reality show and this series is bigger and better than ever. Audiences old and new will enjoy watching each couple go through the ups and downs of renovating and rebuilding this iconic building.”

Each of the five couples will be tasked with restoring The Block to its former glory, along with turning their own space into a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom luxury apartment, complete with an expansive outdoor terrace and city views.

In a baptism of fire, the new couples on The Block test their renovation skills in the first 48 hours with a challenge that almost breaks them. The winners of this challenge are rewarded with first pick of which level and space they wish to renovate.

 The Block premieres  Monday, August 22, At 7.30pm On Channel Nine