Generally, each episode of the programme shows a couple looking at four selected properties in a particular area within a budget. Then the "house hunters" are given some time to discuss between themselves to decide on what house they are going to buy. They then go back to the presenter to tell them which house they want to buy. It normally ends with the presenter phoning the house's estate agent and placing the bid the "house hunters" want to place on that particular house. It was a response to the growth in Britons buying property abroad. It the last few years it has shown destinations as diverse as Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Canada, Australia, South Africa, the Caribbean and even Cape Verde.
Spin-offs have included a magazine, which is now the most popular magazine advising on buying overseas property, and two live exhibitions per year in London and Birmingham called A Place in the Sun Live. There have also been a number of spin-off television programmes:
My Place in the Sun, revisiting people who have appeared on......