More than a million people in Britain are victims of stalking every year. In this chilling three-part documentary series, close friends and family of young women killed by their stalker ex-partners, tell the stories first-hand of how romance turned to obsession, jealousy and a campaign of harassment that ended in brutal murder.
23-year-old university student Molly McLaren was stalked for weeks by her ex boyfriend Joshua Stimpson before he stabbed her 75 times in broad daylight. In this moving documentary her close friends tell how Holly's Mr Right turned into her brutal killer.
Molly was an 'A' Grade student with a promising career as a fitness instructor and blogger. Stimpson, was a double-glazing salesman from Rochester with a history of abusive and controlling behaviour. They met through social media but Stimpson would go on to use the online world to wage a reign of terror.
Rich Kids Go Skint is back for a third series, with 8 new rich kids being hosted by 9 more struggling UK families. Incredibly privileged kids; who spend their lives shopping, staying in 5 star hotels, or flying on private jets to exclusive destinations, swap their extravagant lives of luxury to live with families on the breadline. They’ll experience life below the poverty line for a few days and experience shocking truths. They’ll shop, feed, work and clean for families who struggle to make ends meet.
Maria is a 21-year old geology student and the daughter of Russian multi-millionaires. Maria is married and has an 8-month old daughter. At university Maria lives in a penthouse flat with a nanny and a maid to help her whilst she goes to classes or heads to London to party. In total, Maria spends an average of £8000 per month on shopping, socialising and her staff. As well as spending a massive amount of money on herself, an example being a Hermes handbag that cost £34,000, Maria spends money on designer clothes for her baby, including a £1500 Dolce and Gabbana dress.
Maria will be heading to Croydon to live with a family of four who struggle to survive on a mixture of benefits and part-time work. Becky, Mohammed and their two children Mahdi aged 4 and Alfie who is 18-months old live in two-bedroom council flat.
Mohammed hasn’t lived in the UK long enough to claim benefits but has secured some part time work. His earnings along with Becky’s meagre £600 a month benefits are all they have to pay the bills and feed and clothe their family.
Maria might have the luxury of help with her baby and around the house, but she will be confronted with the reality of being trapped at home with two children under five. Maria will experience Becky and Mohammed’s repetitive life of housework, food shopping and bringing up two small children, one of whom has a strange illness during Maria’s stay which causes great alarm.
Despite her pampered life, Maria throws herself into Becky and Mohammed’s routine. From helping cook Mohammed’s traditional (and cheap) Shakshouka to shopping for children’s clothes in a charity shop, Maria exposes herself to aspects of life on the breadline she has never encountered before. A night out playing bingo with Becky shows Maria that most people can’t spend £1000s partying in Mayfair like her friends, and don’t need to.
Maria leaves the family with a real sense of what living skint is in a hugely emotional final scene. But will she return to her life resolved to be more frugal?
The Channel Tunnel is one of the seven wonders of the modern world but what did it take to build the longest undersea tunnel ever constructed? It’s the 25th anniversary of its opening; a project that’s been blighted by flood, fire, tragic loss of life and financial bust ups. Today, it stands as an engineering triumph and a testament to what can be achieved when two nations, Britain and France put aside their historic differences and work together.
We hear from the men and women, who built this engineering marvel. They had to operate eleven, massive tunnel boring machines gnawing their way through tonnes of rock and chalk, digging not one tunnel but three; two rail tunnels and a service tunnel.
The workforce of over a thousand British tunnellers found ingenious ways to flout the ban on alcohol and cigarettes underground. From injecting grapefruit with vodka to smuggling cigarettes in hollowed out spirit levels. The money that could be made was considerable. When the average wage in 1990 was £14,000, it was not uncommon for a tunneller to be earning £60,000, but in return they had to work in one of the most difficult and dangerous environments in the world. It was even more challenging for women with no female toilets and a culture from some that believed a woman working underground would offend the ‘tunnel god’ causing catastrophic flooding.
But just four months into the dig, a flood which had nothing to do with superstition and everything to do with geology, threatened the entire project.
Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott remembers the battles with contractors and the banks to get the project built. This was a project that would be privately financed; not a penny of public money would be spent on the tunnel. Business would have to put up all the money and take all the risks.
Judith Hann, former presenter of the science and technology programme Tomorrow’s World reveals how the project captured the public’s imagination and why the threat of a deadly disease, rabies made some fearful that a tunnel would provide a fast track route for the disease.
SKAUS, SUSTAINABLE FOOD STORY, DEVI’S - SUSTAINABLE
Fred Sirieix oversees a battle for investment between three restaurant ideas, who think their take on sustainable dining will secure them the chance for big-money backing to open on the high street.
First, they must pitch to four of the industry’s top investors for the opportunity to open for business in Manchester - the single idea, with the most investment potential, will be given a two-day trial to prove themselves worthy of the money they’re seeking. However, only those investors with the most passion and interest in the idea will follow it to Manchester.
Amongst those pitching are friends Abi Glencross, 27, and Sadhbh Moore, 28, looking for £300,000 for their plant-led café-cum-barge, Sustainable Food Story. Abi is a grain farmer and scientist, and was the first person in the UK to grow meat in a lab. Sadhbh was raised on an eco-farm in Ireland where she grew and foraged much of the food she ate. They began their supper clubs in July 2017 and are now looking to open their first business, on a barge, with dishes like roasted beetroot, goats cheese, chard and thyme tart on heritage grain pastry.
Also pitching are Liverpool based friends Dan Cameron (26) and Josh Lundon (26), with their Nordic inspired, hyper-seasonal concept SKAUS. They’re seeking £210,000. The idea for Nordic-inspired cuisine came from the links Liverpool has with Scandanavia, like the classic stew, Scouse, in a bread bowl – slow braised beef stew, pickled beets and brown butter. They started with a series of pop-up events in April 2017, and have since held a number of very successful residencies around the city. Now they want SKAUS to go full-time in it’s own permanent site.
Finally, plant-based heritage cooking from Indo-Persia and the Eastern Mediterranean. Tanya Gohil, 31, is seeking £1million for Devi’s. The name ‘Devi’ comes from the Indian word for ’goddess, as Tanya dedicates her concept to the women in her family who she calls “the queens of the kitchen”. Devi’s has operated a sell-out weekend stall at Maltby Street Market since January 2015 and various pop-up restaurants across London, as well as hosting Devi's Dining supper clubs in Hackney, with dishes like Peshawari cauliflower qorma, sultanas, fried shallot, coconut, and preserved lemon grains. Now she’s after £1million to open permanently in central London.
Each of the three ideas pitches to a panel of four investors, all keen to back the next hit sustainable restaurant idea on the high street:
Darrel Connell is a Partner at Imbiba - an investment firm specialising in investing in high growth leisure and hospitality businesses. Typically, Imbiba invests between £1m to £10m over a period of 5 years, in bars and restaurants that can grow to multiple sites. To date, they have invested over £60m across more than 100 businesses throughout the UK.
Laura Harper-Hinton is the CEO and Creative Director of Caravan Restaurants, and Coffee Roasters, with five restaurants in London, and a coffee roastery. The business has an annual turnover of £15m. Laura is passionate about supporting the next generation of industry hopefuls, having recently joined a new Hospitality UK Mentor Initiative, with a focus on helping more women into senior positions.
Maria Tamander is a Swedish entrepreneur living in London, who recently bought & refurbished a gastro-pub-hotel, The Cleveland Arms in West London. With big-money backing she is now looking to expand her culinary empire.
Shruti Ajitsaria is an Angel Investor and lawyer who manages a portfolio of private investments. Shruti and her husband hold regular pitch sessions with start-up companies from various sectors, with a view to investing in the most promising. In the restaurant sector she has previously backed JKS restaurants (no longer invested) and Vagabond wines.
In each episode the winning idea will then have two days in a brand new 50-seater restaurant, in the heart of Manchester’s bustling bar and restaurant district, to prove that their food, menus, pricing, service, team-management and business plans are worth the big money investment they’re asking for.
On the first night they will open for a half-price soft launch to the public, and the investors, before being grilled in detail on their numbers and business plans the following morning.
Finally, they will open for a full-priced lunch service, during which the investors must consider whether to invest or not. As the investors are in competition with each other, Fred will set them a deadline by which time they have to return to the restaurant if they intend to invest.
With final service over, the operators face an anxious wait with Fred to see if anyone returns. All they need is for one investor to walk through the doors and make them an offer, and their business fortunes and restaurant dreams will change forever.
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