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Greenlit: Money, BBC2

Money (3 x 60′) – A three-part series on money explores our inner desire to accumulate wealth and documents the rise of the extraordinary new industry of wealth creation gurus.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Wealth coaching was developed in America about 15 years ago and has gradually been imported into the UK. Wealth coaches write books, release DVDs and host seminars in hotels worldwide, attended by devoted followers, all of whom want to get rich.  This film documents the influence of major American wealth gurus like Robert Kiyosaki and T. Harv Eker, who preach financial freedom through passive income and the cultivation of a ‘millionaire mind’.

The film features some of their many British disciples, discovering who attends these seminars and why, and whether any of them have actually become rich as a result. Is it the case that anyone can get rich if they truly apply themselves?


The top five causes of conflict in relationships are money, sex, work, children and housework – in that order. This film examines what money represents within a relationship – and in the process explores the nature of marriage and long-term relationships. How do couples agree on their financial priorities? Do the rich argue less about money than the poor? Is a joint account an indicator of emotional health?

The film features a broad spectrum of couples from different backgrounds – where one person works and the other doesn’t; where one earns much more than the other; where one person is extravagant and the other is frugal; where one is a saver and the other a spender.

Each case sheds light on the extent to which money is a source of conflict but also the ways in which it oils the wheels of our intimate relationships.

Forty Grand

Forty thousand pounds is, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the average British income for a household where two adults are working. This film features a set of households all living on this same net amount of money annually and examines how they choose to spend that money.

Featuring a socially diverse group of contributors who manage their identical budgets in a variety of ways, the film brings to light very different priorities and very different life situations. Some contributors consider forty grand to be a large amount of money, whilst others feel they are struggling to get by.

The film investigates the nitty gritty of what people actually spend their money on. It explores value systems to discover how people decide what they can ‘afford’ and reveals what the choices we all make about money tell us about ourselves.

Channel: BBC2

Producer: Vanessa Engle

TX: December 2011

Source: BBC Press Office


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