In this timely and provocative feature length documentary for C5’s critically acclaimed ‘Modern Britain’ strand Michael Portillo investigates the extraordinary story of the social housing revolution that has transformed our country. From the birth of the first council estate in the slums of London’s East End over a century ago to the soaring ambition of the great tower blocks that became notorious symbols of dysfunction and decay, Michael traces the rise and fall of the British council estate.
In our post-Grenfell world this part polemic, part-history and, at times, controversial, film Michael asks hard questions. Why have so many council estates become notorious for drugs and worklessness? Does council housing empower people and raise them from poverty or does it breed dependency and entitlement? What is the real impact of immigration on our estates? And what does the future really hold for millions of British people looking to live in social housing across the UK?
Visiting different estates all over Britain to hear the stories of council tenants, private renters, housing campaigners and historians Michael will uncover the reality of council housing today.
From the Boundary Estate in Shoreditch East London - a utopian vision of working class housing opened in 1900 by the Prince of Wales - Michael will move to Wythenshawe in Manchester. This huge garden estate was built to house the returning heroes of WW1 and its tree lined streets, village greens and spacious houses were inspired by a dream of village England. But by the beginning of the 21st century Wythenshawe was featured in the New York Times as a breeding ground for drugs, deprivation and gun crime. Michael investigates what went wrong in this model estate. His next stop is Druid’s Heath Estate in Birmingham. Built in the 1960’s its fifteen tower blocks were part of an extraordinary vision to create so-called Streets in the Sky. Michael finds out whether it’s lofty ambition has stood the test of time.
In the final sections of the program Michael traces the impact of Thatcher’s ‘Right to Buy’ revolution in 1980s; social cleansing in his old constituency of Enfield North London and the failure of consecutive government’s to build the millions of homes needed to house British families.
Will Millard returns for his second trip to the Korowai to spend more time with Haup (White Beard) and Halap. They may be some of the last remaining Korowai still living permanently in a treehouse without any real contact with the outside world. When Will first meets them, their adopted son August, is there with them in the forest, and his wife, Amel, gives birth one night in the forest, cutting her own umbilical cord with a sharpened piece of wood. But it soon turns out that August and his wife and children spend most of their time in the government sponsored villages six hours’ walk away, and have only come to Haup and Halap’s treehouse because of Will and the film crew. So Will sends everyone away, and prepares to spend ten days living with Haup and Halap alone in their treehouse in the middle of the forest.
St Andrews- Mon 23rd April
Flipping Profit; where an antiques expert, a market trader and an upcycler battle it out to make the most money.
In today's episode, antiques expert Roo Irvine, market trader Gary Barton and blacksmith upcycler Kevin Paxton head to St Andrews to find some bargains they can turn into some flipping profit.
Our three experts will try to outdo each other by unearthing the best goodies that St Andrews has to offer, by rummaging through antique shops, scrap yards and flea markets.
When the day is done they then have just three weeks to sell their bits for a profit. Kevin gets his hands dirty moulding metal, Roo uses her shop to try and sell to her discerning clients, and Gary tries to flog his wares at famous Glasgow market, The Barras. Will the top hat come out on top? Can Gary flog that three piece sofa? And just what is Kevin turning that scrap metal into? And who of them will win to take the episode’s crown of best profit flipper?
Ludlow- Tues 24th April
Flipping Profit; where an antiques expert, a market trader and an upcycler battle it out to make the most cash.
In today's episode, antiques expert art valuer Kate Bliss, mouthy trader Danny Sebastian and aeronautical engineer slash upcycler Stu Abbott head to Ludlow to find some bargains they can turn into some flipping profit.
Our three experts will try to outdo each other by unearthing the best items they can find in Ludlow’s antique shops, scrap yards and flea markets.
And when they are done, we follow them for three weeks as they try to flog them on.
Who can grab the most cash for their dressmakers dummies, Danny or Kate? And has Stu bitten off more than he can chew with his ambitious designs?
It's a race against time to sell, sell, sell before the time is up and their profits are revealed.
Cambridge- Fri 27th April
Cast: Charles Hanson, Linda Lambert and Zoe Pocock
Flipping Profit; where an antiques expert, a market trader and an upcycler compete to make the most money.
In today's episode, antiques auctioneer Charles Hanson, trader Linda Lambert and luxury upcycler Zoe Pocock head to Cambridge to find some bargains they can turn into some flipping profit.
Our three experts will try to outdo each other by unearthing the best items they can find in the city’s antique shops, scrap yards and flea markets and turn them into a huge profit.
After a frantic day’s searching and shopping they then have three weeks to turn their goodies into gold. Will Charles find buyers for his Victorian Valentine’s cards? Can Linda find a princess for her tiara? And how will Zoe's sideboard turn out? It’s a rush as Zoe gets upcycling, Charles heads to auction and Linda heads to the theatre.
At the end of the thee weeks, who will be the king, or queen of profit flippers?
Faversham- Thurs 26th April
Cast: Catherine Southon, Tony Wong and Micaela Sharp
Flipping Profit; where an antiques expert, a market trader and an upcycler do battle to make the most cash from the items they buy.
In today's episode, antiques auctioneer Catherine Southon, wheeler dealer Tony Wong and upholsterer extraordinaire Micaela Sharp head to Faversham to find some bargains they can turn into some flipping profit.
Sure, they’ll find some items in its antique shops, scrap yards and flea markets, but will they be able to flip them for a healthy profit? Because they will have just three weeks to make sure they do.
Will Catherine's cheap pendant be the jewel she thinks it is? Will Tony's colourful dresser be too quirky for his high-end London clientelle? And will Micaela be able to upholster so many items within the time limit?
When time is called, who will make the most flipping profit?
Kelso- Wed 25th April
Cast: Roo Irvine, Danny Sebastian and Kevin Paxton
Flipping Profit; where an antiques expert, a market trader and an upcycler fight to make the biggest profit.
In today's episode, antiques expert Roo Irvine, cocky trader Danny Sebastian and upcycling blacksmith extraordinaire Kevin Paxton head to the Scottish Borders to find bargains they can turn into some flipping profit.
What will they find in the area’s many antique shops, scrap yards and flea markets? And then, will they be able to flip them for a healthy profit within a strict three week time frame?
Where was Roo’s brain when she bought those napkin rings? What was Danny thinking buying those bright orange 1970’s food trays? And just what on earth is Kevin going to make out of metal dykes?
They better have a plan because when the time is up, they don’t want to be left the Flipping profit loser.
Episode Six - Monday 23rd April
(PRACTI TOWEL /MONPERE / HEELING POWERS)
On today’s show...Twin entrepreneurs Ben and Gary from York demonstrate their leisure product, complete with palm trees; Sylvain and his daughter fly in from Canada to showcase their gadget for travellers; and Sylvia a teacher from Sutton puts her best foot forward to show off her nifty solution to tired, sore feet.
Episode Seven - Tuesday 24th April
On today’s show….Steve and Sue from Somerset demonstrate their product to help kids during car journeys; Tim from Dorset has a pocket sized product for male grooming; and Andrew - a designer from Sussex - demonstrates his nifty, reusable product which also helps the environment.
Episode Eight - Wednesday 25th April
(KIKKA DIGGER/ THERO/PINK PUFF
Everything’s riding on today for Nick from London but what will the shoppers make of his universal gardening gadget? Bostonians Kloris and Allen have travelled some distance but have a disastrous demonstration with their leaky prototype; and Sarah - a makeup artist from Peaceheaven - hopes her pretty pink invention will catch the eye of the shoppers.
Episode Nine - Thursday 26th April
On today’s show...Is it ever possible to lose weight whilst simply sitting on the sofa? Dr Louis from Dublin thinks so. Plus Valdis an inventor from Sheffield who struggles to explain what his product actually is; and Mike - a pilot from Derbyshire – demonstrates his multi-use, multi-purpose tablet accessory.
Episode Ten - Friday 27th April
(B-LIFTED / 5AM PHONE BOX / SOLAR BUDDIES)
On today’s show...Paul from Surrey and his solution for fighting the flab; Kyaw a student from London and his product to help early morning wake ups; and friends Kelli and Laura from Wales, with their nifty little solution to a big problem.
Lauren and boyfriend Jak are under attack from unsociable pet rabbit Flo. Craig has his work cut out helping a Labrador with an embarrassing secret and in a South London pub a problem pet is putting punters off their pints.
WORLD’S TALLEST CHURCH
In this episode, a build taking over 140 years finally nears completion, as the engineers and architects of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia attempt to raise the six central towers that will make it the world’s tallest church. Already dominating the city’s skyline, soaring over 100 metres tall and attracting 4.5 million visitors each year, the stone towers will push the church’s height above 170 metres.
Sagrada Familia’s original maverick architect, Antoni Gaudî, died almost 100 years ago and many of his plans and models were lost, so the team must follow design clues helping them to realise Gaudí’s vision. Chief Architect today is Jordi Fauli, who faces a major problem, Gaudí used the distinctive multi-coloured local stone to build the church, however there is none left. So he must replicate the look by sourcing stone from quarries.
Episode Three - Sweets, Tuesday 24th April
In the third heat, four food producers with fledgling businesses come to test out their products on the locals in Malhamdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. They have two days in the shop, to promote and sell their wares. This time it’s sweets makers battling it out for one place in the final.
Wajeeha from Newcastle has given up her job and moved back in with her parents to start up a chocolate business. She makes bars from scratch, and hopes to tap into a healthier eating market, but whether the local customers don’t like it remains to be seen.
Court Officer Gillian makes Marshmallows in the bedroom of her home, near Manchester. She’s bringing two cocktails flavours to sell in the shop, but needs to be savvy with her marketing to attract customers.
Leonie is a sales rep from Devon, who makes chocolate liqueurs and truffles using ingredients local to her in the Westcountry. But when she brings them to Yorkshire, will customers like what they taste?
Finally, photographer and Londoner Justin makes Scottish Tablet using his grandmother’s old recipe, but he needs to introduce the Yorkshire locals to this unusual confectionary to make a success of his small scale business.
Tom Kerridge will be meeting members of the community as they try the range of sweets, including shopkeeper Chris’ own mother-in-law. Meanwhile judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona visit the food producers at home to see how well their product is made, and decide how well they promote and sell their item to the Yorkshire locals in the shop. The winner will be the fledgling business that is most viable, and deserving of the title best up and coming artisan.
Episode Four - Sauces, Wednesday 25th April
In this forth heat, four food producers with fledgling businesses come to test out their products on the locals in Malhamdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. They have two days in the shop, to promote and sell their wares. This time it’s makers of cooking sauces competing against each other for one place in the final.
Joe is a teacher from Runcorn who spices things up with his home made hot sauce. However, with such a niche product, can he persuade enough of the Yorkshire locals to give his sauce a try to prove he’s got a viable business?
Spanish born Beatriz makes and sells a taste from home with her Paella In A Bottle. But the judges find her labels confusing, so only time will tell whether her sales skills can outweigh the branding issues as far as customers are concerned.
Alice makes salted caramel sauce in her country kitchen in Northern Ireland, and prides herself on only using ingredients local to her, but will her brand travel to Yorkshire?
Finally, Kiran from Solihull has given up a successful career to concentrate on making and selling her healthy take on curry sauce. However she needs to make the most of her brand message if she’s going to succeed.
Tom Kerridge will be meeting members of the community as they try all the different sauces, including a junior rugby team. Meanwhile judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona visit the food producers at home to see how well their product is made, and decide how well they promote and sell their item to the Yorkshire locals in the shop. The winner will be the fledgling business that is most viable, and deserving of the title best up and coming artisan.
Brand new and exclusive to More4: My Floating Home returns for series two as presenter Mark Evans charts the journeys of various families and couples as they give up living on land and design and build unique homes that can float.
Episode Three – MARTIN
Brand new and exclusive to More4: Presenter Mark Evans charts the journeys of various families and couples as they give up living on land to design and build unique homes that float. Valentin Martin and Daria Cabai run their own naval architecture company in London and their dream is to escape their cramped city apartment with their young son, Yves to live on the Thames in their own floating home. They create their own design converting a century old barge into a three tiered contemporary floating apartment. The commission is given to a specialist boat building company in the Netherlands – the world-renowned country for living on waterways. The biggest challenge is moving Valentin and Daria’s finished new home back to London. The renovated barge must travel a colossal 290 miles across the North Sea - one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. After a hair-raising journey they finally make it to England and their eye catching floating apartment becomes a new attraction next to Tower Bridge. Series Prod: Clare Fisher Prod/Dirs: Matt Fletcher, Tristan Goodley. Exec Producer: Carlo Massarella; Prod Co: Windfall
Sepii loves being a 21-yr old rich kid. She’s a medical student with a huge collection of expensive designer shoes and is the self-styled ‘Persian Kardashian’ with thousands of Instagram followers.
She will spend time living with a family on the breadline in Manchester and get to understand what life is like when you have to work night and day to provide food for your family.
She’ll experience sleeping on a street bench in the rain, and get very emotional coming face to face with a fellow student who has lost all her wealth overnight.
But will it be supermarket shopping on a tight budget, or just learning to wash the dishes, that is actually her undoing?
A Southampton landlord struggles to evict squatters. Enforcement officers uncover appalling living conditions. A landlord is pushed to the limit by her rent-dodging tenant. High Court Sheriff shuts down a suspected subletting scam.
Michael is at the edge of the Suffolk coast and is confronted by some of Britain’s most mysterious ruins. Monumental concrete bunkers, rusting radar towers and crumpled military hardware; a lens into a bygone era of secrets, spies and superpowers. For almost a century Orford Ness was owned by the MOD and when it closed in 1993 its buildings were still shrouded in secrecy. In this episode, Michael sets out to unlock its secrets.
He begins with a 90,000 square feet windowless metal box code named ‘Cobra Mist’. A joint US-British venture built in 1968 for a staggering $1 billion in today’s money.
Roger Darlington was just 22 when he was hired as a ‘signal processing technician”. He tells Michael that Cobra was patrolled by guards with guns and dogs and that he had to keep his work so top-secret that he told everyone he swept the floors. Michael discovers blue prints that reveal there was once a huge aerial array. According to Mike Finney, a former naval submarine commander Cobra was used to spy on Russian missile launches. But after operating for just three years it was suddenly closed down. Roger Darlington believes that Russians had compromised the operation.
Cobra Mist was not the only top-secret military building in Orford. For decades the Ness was a testing centre for atomic weapons, including the first British atom bomb – Blue Danube. By the 1960s hydrogen bombs were being stress tested at Orford and Michael explores the unique bunkers and pagodas designed to absorb any accidental explosion.
Digging even deeper into the extraordinary history of Orford Ness Michael reveals the story of Robert Watson-Watt recruited to develop a "death ray" It was never built but his work led to the discovery of radar – a secret technology that changed the course of WW2 and the history of the world.