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Families wanted for new Ch5 documentary series

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FamilySwapDoc Mon 25-Apr-16 17:57:14

Hi all,

Hat Trick Productions , (makers of Have I Got News For You, Outnumbered and Dinner Date ) are looking for families to take part in a new prime time documentary series exploring the wealth divide in modern-day Britain.

In each episode, two families with very different incomes will swap homes and budgets for one week!

If you're interested in finding out more and potentially taking part, then please email or call 207 184 5775.

We are also on twitter and facebook as @FamilySwapDoc


The Family Swap Doc team smile

Seeyounearertime Tue 26-Apr-16 09:06:42

That sounds awful,
"Here you go poor people, live a middle class life for a bit and see what your missing. Here you go middle class people, live a paupers life for a bit and revel in the shite knowing it'll end soon. What an interesting documentary were making."

Why don't channel 5 just show a wealthy person kicking a poor person for 12 hours everyday? It seems to be what they're aiming for. Breeding hatred of the poor, poking fun at the vulnerable.

WellErrr Tue 26-Apr-16 09:10:26

Oh these just get better and better.

'Wow, look how much cool stuff you have when you're rich! But look how awful rich people are! Booo!
Then see how shit being poor is!! Aww, but lovely poor people, bless them, they're the salt of the earth.'

Do we get extra points if we're on benefits or have horses??

Amnesiac Tue 26-Apr-16 09:16:38

Well said see you.

I'm sure there will be a Discussion at the end of each episode though, where the middle class family get to Advise the poorer family, which will not make the mc family look smug & patronising & the poor ones look bitter and desperate. Oh no.

PirateSmile Tue 26-Apr-16 09:18:37

I hope somebody has considered the effect this could have on the child participants. It's all well and good the adults making decisions to take part in a social experiment but who in their right mind would inflict this on a child?

originalmavis Tue 26-Apr-16 09:23:08

Makes me think of the horrible histories historic wife swap.

WellErrr Tue 26-Apr-16 09:42:27

Remember that fat kids one? Wonder if they ever actually did it.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Tue 26-Apr-16 09:46:09

I don't agree.
Of course it depends how it's made but the premise is not patronising.
I suppose anyone can find positive in this experience.

Seeyounearertime Tue 26-Apr-16 09:51:40

Of course the premise is patronising, how can it not be?

They'll be showing the have-nots what they're missing and then showing the have lots how lucky they are. Obviously everyone will be pleasant in front of the camera but inside you know the Richy types will be looking down their nose at the pauper house and the paupers will hate what they're forced to return to when the week is up.

It's just more of the same 'poverty porn' that channel 5 love to peddle, only now theyre including rich people so you can really see the difference.

It needs a rethink, or scrapping. I vote for scrapping.
Why can't these companies make something decent instead of parasitic shite?

0dfod Tue 26-Apr-16 09:59:18

I am astounded that this media request has been posted shock

Agree with the other posters, what an utter shite idea, but I guess it will be lapped up by those that are of the 'daily fail' mindset hmm

jaffajiffy Tue 26-Apr-16 10:06:55

Conclusion: "yes it was nice having more material things, but rich people can't love, and I'd not exchange my loving, fulfilled family for any money in the world."

srslylikeomg Tue 26-Apr-16 10:18:11

People who put their children on TV are crackers. Why? Why?? Would anyone take part in this??

srslylikeomg Tue 26-Apr-16 10:21:15

Yy to poverty porn. This is just Jeremy Kyle with a voice over and nice lighting.

SilverBirchWithout Wed 27-Apr-16 00:16:58

One of the families in the pair will be edited each week so that the viewers can laugh at how stupid, shallow, rough, rich bitch they are.

SingingSands Wed 27-Apr-16 00:24:01

Oh yes, and let's really focus in on the delight of the "poors" as they get handed the keys to two BMWs for a week, and all have a good laugh as the "rich" get chucked a bus pass. Will it be like that? It usually is. hmm

thecatfromjapan Wed 27-Apr-16 00:43:49

I always wonder why people volunteer for these sorts of programme. And why.

CuttedUpPear Wed 27-Apr-16 01:15:41

I know OP, why don't you get job working in a sector that actually helps people, for example social care, education or even the arts, rather then a making a living out of other people's misfortune and exploiting their inability to prevent media carrion crows making a public spectacle of their shortcomings?

EverySongbirdSays Sun 01-May-16 19:28:24

Knowing Channel 5 this series will focus on benefits and the HARD WORKING TAXPAYER family heavily judging how the poor family spends their budget with benefits THAT THEIR HARD EARNED TAXES ARE PAYING FOR. The poor family will be mocked and shown in a bad light, more than likely seen smoking in or trashing the others house hmm

dailymailphequers Sun 01-May-16 20:18:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Just5minswithDacre Tue 03-May-16 01:47:10

Channel 5 documentaries about poverty and inequality are usually such beacons of integrity and investigative journalism.

How could overlaying a wife-swap reality format possibly fail to raise the genre to new heights of insight and empathetic media practice?

I wish I was rich or poor enough to qualify for consideration for this amazing sociological opportunity. What could possibly go wrong for participants? hmm

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