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…
“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?
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.