A new reality-TV show that literally rebuilds war-torn homes in Iraq is all the rage there.

Broadcast over Iraq’s first private, satellite-TV channel, “Labour and Materials” is “not just about rebuilding the house, we are also helping the families to rebuild mentally," says director Ali Hanoon.

The first person to have her home rebuilt, Um Hussein, is now a star in Iraq. A widow with five children, Hussein’s home was mistakenly destroyed by US troops on the day after Baghdad fell.