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Greenlit: …And Proud, Channel 5

…And Proud (3 x 60′) –  Documentary series in which we meet Britain’s most brazen petty criminals and people who know how to really work the welfare state. The characters are frank and unapologetic and their stories are often shocking and frequently absurd.

  1.  Shoplifters & Proud –  British people steal more from stores than anyone else in Europe – a staggering 1.3 billion pounds worth of goods are taken every year, with more than 11,000 shoplifting offences every single day. But some shoplifters are more prolific than others …meet the woman who has been helping herself to whatever she fancied since she was 14 – and she’s not the only one. In parts of the country shoplifting is so common place that it’s considered ‘a job’. We meet the Brits who are ‘Shoplifters & Proud’.
  2. Pickpockets & Proud –  Europe is in the grip of a pickpocketing epidemic. London is one of the worst affected and according to police figures the majority of those operating in the capital are thought to be Romanian Gypsies. In this episode we uncover the lives of shameless thieves who have one objective – to steal as much as they can, as often as they can.
  3. On Benefits  & Proud w/t –  The benefits system is always under scrutiny as 22 pence of every pound we pay in tax goes directly to pay for benefits – and that’s excluding the pension pot. In this programme we’ll meet the people who make it their business NOT to work – like the woman who has eleven kids and would need to earn an estimated £66k a year to take home the amount she gets in benefits. She currently lives in two joined council houses but is in line for a brand new, custom built, six bed house, which made her headline news and gained her notoriety as one of Britain’s biggest benefit scroungers. Is she and other people like her to blame for the cost of the welfare state? This film exposes the failings in both society and the system – through the lives of those who are using it to the full.

Channel: Channel 5

Producer: 5Production

TX: Autumn 2013

Source: Channel 5 press release


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