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Frugal family wanted for new documentary!

DifferentLives
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Frugal family wanted for new documentary!

Hi, my name's Talitha and I'm an assistant producer working for Mentorn Media, I hope you don't mind me posting!

 

We are looking for frugal families to take part in a brand new prime-time Channel 4 lifestyle documentary!

Are you a family with 1 to 3 children?

Are you extremely frugal? Do you spend as little money as possible and save every spare penny you can?

Would you like to see how another family spends their money?

We're looking for thrifty families to take part in a unique opportunity to compare lifestyles and budgets with a big spending family.

**We are looking for a couple with children, one of which should ideally be aged 12 or over.**

**Our search is UK wide, welcoming applications from across the country!**

Please get in touch and tell us a little bit about yourselves, where you live and how you lead a thrifty or frugal life!

We are looking to hear from interested parties ASAP. Please see my attached flyer for our contact details - you can email differentlives@mentorn.tv.

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I imagine that this would be like the UK version of TLC's 'Extreme Cheapskates'?

While rage inducing as it was (those poor children), it was quite entertaining to see how these kinds of people operated in their day-to-day lives.

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Re: Frugal family wanted for new documentary!

Glad to get people talking!

 

Just to help clarify the programme a little better - it's a fun and educational "life swap" style feature - two families with very different spending styles will compare homes and budgets, get to grips with each others' lifestyle choices, and learn from each other along the way.

 

By exploring two families contrasting spending habits, there's a great deal of money saving tips up for grabs, both for viewers and participants.

 

Filming is just for a short period of time, and we'd love to hear from people for a no pressure chat to see if they're interested in taking part.

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Re: Frugal family wanted for new documentary!

In other words you're making a mint out of other people suffering severe poverty and seriously struggling... and you have the nerve to call that entertainment.

 

This sorta thing needs to stop. It's a disgrace.

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Re: Frugal family wanted for new documentary!

Queston one.... how much are you paying families to take part?

Question two.... how much will you be selling the programme for after you have completed editing?

Question three... do you really think that is a "frugal" way to do a programme... oh yes.. of course. it would be if you ain`t paying the families.. for their performance... and denying "proper" actors,  and actresses, work.

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Please, not another one of those contrived family scenarios but still, if Channel Four are daft enough to commission it I'm sure thousands are daft enough to watch it.

How about a program on frugal pensioners? Wink

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As this is to be a programme for Channel 4, how about trying to undo the damage done by Love Productions & their disgusting Benefits Street and make a series of programmes that follow genuinely sick, disabled and mentally challeneged people falling foul of the benefits system, involving failing the severely rigged Work Capability Assessments, the Mandatory Reassessments, the legal appeals against the DWP, the damage that ATOS and american firm Maximus (who allegedly defrauded the US' Medicare system) have done with their "Medical professionals" who do not even consult a claimant's doctor to learn about why they're claiming benefits, looking the cost to the taxpayer that has been brought about by the legal challenges created by the reassessments & appeals, and of course, the psychological damage it is doing to the individuals and families it affects.

 

You can keep the "frugal" part in the show too as, being an ESA claimant myself who has just recently fallen afoul of the rigged WCA, living on naff-all a month means you have no choice but to be frugal, and have to buy reduced-to-clears, and "the cheaper version" of products, buying & cooking in bulk to keep food bills down, and rely on cost-reducing deals from places like the Money Saving Expert website just to keep your financial head above the debt waterline.

 

Far more gritty than just playing with the "frugals" of the world, and redresses the benefits balance, cos we're not all bone-idle lager-swilling thieving scum who just want free money as Benefits Street portrayed.

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Happy to swap with the Windsors for a week!

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Re: Frugal family wanted for new documentary!

I wonder if this is being made as a schedule filler for when C4 realise that their version of 'The Great British Bake Off' only has one viewer, namely Paul Hollywood!

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Paul has single handedly destroyed the bakeoff by going solo away from the others.

What the four of them should have done was to refuse to go to C4 and that would have put the BBC right back in the spotlight again - new show, new title, same cast, same price, still no adverts.

 

He tried to sell them down the river thinking he could to a Clarkson and get minted. I never liked bakeoff but with only him and not Mary it's dead in the water.

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Re: Frugal family wanted for new documentary!

Instead of frugal I'd be more interested if it was freegan.

A program about how well, or not, people live that way.

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Re: Frugal family wanted for new documentary!

They wouldn't have been able to do another bake-off style show on the BBC anyway as the rights to that format is in the hands of Channel 4 and the production company, so legal battles would ensue and everything would just all be sour grapes...

 

If they started an entirely new show that wasn't about competing bakers, then they'd get away with it, but, there's only so many cookery programmes on baking that you can do before it becomes a bit same-y...

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Re: Frugal family wanted for new documentary!

Yet more "Poverty Porn"