Channel 5’s new series Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! debuts tonight, and it’s shocking stuff…

by Lynn Connolly
Can't Pay? We'll Take it Away

Can't Pay? We'll Take it Away

Tonight’s telly line-up is looking so good, we’re going to have to record quite a few shows, and one of them is a new four-part series on Channel 5 entitled, Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!

As the title intimates, the series follows those who chase and attempt to recover bad debt, including bailiffs and repossession agents and High Court Enforcement Officers…

And in what is still credit crunch Britain – despite assurances from the government that we’re on our way out of recession – this group of men and women are part of a boom industry as millions of us struggle to cope with rising debt and economic instability.

In the show, we’ll see those tasked with recovering money seizing cars, goods that can be sold and even homes, and those who owe money range from single parents on council estates to former millionaires who live in mansions.

Simon Raikes, the Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment at Channel 5 said, “Every year, tens of thousands of Brits get the knock on the door from the enforcement and repo men…

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“And the consequences are often devastating.”

He added, “This series offers a fascinating and visceral insight – from the perspectives of debtors, creditors and debt collectors – into one of the biggest issues in credit crunch Britain”

As we’ll see tonight, “repossession experts” Mike Allonby and Terry Jones travel to Liverpool to recover a car, but when they arrive, they’re met with some violent resistance to them taking the vehicle, and it’s a situation that escalates rapidly and frighteningly. Little wonder then that these guys routinely wear stab vests.

But does anyone have any sympathy for bailiffs or anyone who recovers bad debt?

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Well, unfortunately for those who are in that line of work, a history of their predecessors using aggressive techniques and often illegal modes of debt collection have made them one of the most hated body of professionals in the country…

So will this show portray them in a more sympathetic light? Or are we going to end up disliking them even more?

Well, time will tell, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on it when you’ve watched it.


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.


  1. David Willcock on March 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    After seeing one of your shows we saw that Mike Allonby had died.having seen him a number of times he seemed very sincere and am sorry to her of his death. Please pass on our condolences as I am sure he will be missed by everyone

  2. Shieldwolf on March 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I canny believe that another kind hearted person has left the earth! The angels are seein yer good deeds M8 :'(

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