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Nick Knowles and Julia Bradbury look at modern Britain. Ade Edmondson sees how a Christmas dinner makes it to the supermarket and Grainne Seoige looks into home heating costs.


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APPLAUSE Council woes, speed cameras, noisy

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neighbours, That's Britain. Hidden heros and Samaritans, that

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is Britain too. This is the show that explores the

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madness of every day life, looking at the bad and marvelling at the

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good. On tonight's show, heat or eat,

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Grainne Seoige tackles the growing problem of fuel poverty.

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Our insider, Ade Edmond, reveals the year-long operation that

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delivers Christmas dinner. Personally I love them, that is why

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I have so few friends. Angela Rippon fights to put humans back on

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the other end of the phone. Name and shame, the bin cops bring

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out the big guns to tackle litter louts. Sat next to the man with the

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stripey jumper, can you pick up your cigarette end, please.

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Let's find out what is getting stuck in your craw this week. Your

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e-mails asks your gripe, the more you mail it the more it shows up on

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the wall, if it shows up it means more of you have sent it.

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This is what is driving you up the wall this week. You won't be happy

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with that. I think with all the things to

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worry about in Britain at the moment, wind turbines is the gripe.

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Really, what is wrong with people. Here is one for you Julia, a lot of

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people are worried about ramblers, Steve says they walk around the

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countryside getting in every one's way, they go out for a moan and see

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how many people they can upset. Correct me if I'm wrong, aren't you

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the President of the Ramblers Association? It is not the case.

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I'm very surprised it is the truth most people are moany. Walking is

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proved to be very good for you, your emotional and mental well

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being. Most people don't get enough exercise, the we help people get

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out there. They are not complaining about rambling, but ramblers.

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People want the whole countryside to themselves. Are they talking

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about ramblers and their manners when they put it up there. We have

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an e-mail that asks what has happened to please and thank you

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and holding the door open for other people to pass through. In my

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experience it is young women who appear to be the worst offenders s

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that true? I'm not sure it is young women, there is a general feeling

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that manners have slipped away. manners are a growing menace a208

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survey showed -- a 2008 survey, showed most of us think it is the

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biggest problem facing society. auntie said manners make the man.

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It is something you can do easily, being kind to somebody, it is an

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easy way of improving things. think if you respect young people

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they respect you back. One topic we have seen on the word wall is cold

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calling. According it a recent survey, three quarters of us want

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it banned. We hit the streets of Manchester to find out why. I say

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no thank you and put the phone down as quick as I can. Cold calling is

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definitely out. It is a no-go. are only doing their job, you know

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they will be sat in a call centre being paid nothing to do it, it is

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just the annoying thing is they have some how got my details.

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to be polite as much as I K asay don't call me -- I say don't call

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me again. It is massive intrusion people passing on my number and not

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telling me, and God only knows who has my number. You may not know

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this, on average we get six cold call as month. I probably. Do you

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can stop those calls with a scheme called the telephone preference

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service, which blocked UK-based cold calls. This is interesting,

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you could make a note of it, you can register your phone number with

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the scheme, it takes about 28 days to take effect. If you still get

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cold called after, that the company's actually breaking the law.

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Make a note of their details and you can report them. All the info

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you need is on the website. We are going to update the wall

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later in the show. Tonight we are giving it faesive theme. It play be

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a time of -- festive theme, it maybe a time of good will to all

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men. Let's face it, there are some things about Christmas that make us

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ba-humbug? I love Chris marks and there are things in the office --

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Christmas, and there are things that people don't like. The

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Christmas ad, inlaws. Not so sure? Your inlaws? No, laugh you. Please

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put your gripe in the title of the e-mail, it won't make it on to the

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wall. Keep the Christmas grumbles coming in by going to the website

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below. Of course, you can join in with

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everything else that we are talking about by tweeting us at BBC That's

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Britain, or going to the Facebook page as well.

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Ade Edmond's our insider, he has been slipping inside the system

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that keeps Britain ticking to see how it works. Ade where have you

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been rooting and rumaging. As you know I like slipping inside the

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system. You're a bit younger than me, I know people will find that

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hard to believe. I can remember a time when you go to the supermarket

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and it would actually have run out of things. You would have empty

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shelves, especially around Christmas. I'm a man who likes his

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food, I don't like taking chance, I went to see how the supermarkets

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make sure we get all the sprouts we need on Christmas day.

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Chris marks my favourite time of year, the -- -- Christmas, my

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favourite time of year, the Queen, Christmas puddings, but why does

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everyone want to do their Christmas shopping at the same time as me.

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Come on, out the way. Yes, it is the busiest time of year

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in the supermarket. Last December we spent nearly �3 billion a week

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on food. In the old days you would need to

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shop well in advance, but with so much stack raeing stacking you can

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now leave -- stacking and restacking you can now leave it

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until Christmas Eve. How do the elves make sure you can do that.

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The story starts here at a gigantic warehouse in Essex, the size of

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four football pitches. In the week before Christmas, their depots

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handle more than nine million cases. I'm going behind the scenes to

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witness this extraordinary challenge. This is the place why

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your turkey, your cranberries, your Brussels and potatoes meet up for

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the very first time before ending up on your plate. Hello Brussels,

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hello turkey, looking forward to the big day? Not really, no, my

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performance last year was a bit dry. At least you get to eat, all the

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kids left me on the side of the plate.

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For supermarket strategists like Kate, this is where the year begins

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as well as ends. How do you go about forecasting how

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much stuff you need? We have already started for next Christmas.

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We plan at least a year in advance. We will use this year's Christmas

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volumes as a guide, we look Atticus tomorrow mer food trends, what --

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we look at customer needs. How many Brussels proudzsprouts will you

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sell? We will sell 520 tonnes of Brussels sprouts. Potatos? Turkeys?

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176,000 fresh and frozen British turkeys. That is a lot of food.

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What gets ordered by the supermarket first? Brussels sprouts,

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the vegtable that de divides the nation, personally I love them,

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that is probably why I have so few friends. During the Christmas

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period we eat 300 million of them. No wonder we are having trouble

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with greenhouse emissions! Like most of your Christmas dinner,

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produce the sprout is an incredible technological feat. It is like an

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army of sprouts. Farmer, George Reid sells almost a

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third of his entire sprout crop in the fortnight before Christmas,

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which means a fair bit of planning. Because the lazy old sprout takes

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ten months to grow. These are already seeded for next year. These

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we planted in the spring. Do you have dangers within the growing of

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them, where you can get failure, and our Christmas could be ruined?

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As long as we don't get a really bad freeze up, like we did last

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winter with minus tens and snow, as long as we don't get that again, we

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should have a good Christmas run for sprouts.

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Now supermarkets also need to spot new food trends. Can breeze.

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Canbury sauce may seem as British as Queen Vicoria, but it is

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actually from North America. We still get most of our's from there

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today. But ironically, it was Queen Vicoria who popularised the side

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dish to go with it. Turkey.

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We eat an astonishing ten million turkeys every Christmas day. Not

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each, obviously. Although actually, by the time Great Escape comes on

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the tele, it often feels that way. Turkeys take only four to five

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months to grow, nearly twice as fast as a sprout. They hatch around

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the end of July. The fresh ones will only arrive in store a few

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days before Christmas. Right now, I'm going to have to make do with a

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duck. That's everything ordered, let's

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fast forward to the fortnight before Christmas. Normally when you

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think of people picking vegtables, you expect human beings in the

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field, chopping things down by hand. Here they have an extraordinary

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machine. This is the sharp end of sprout

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harvesting technology. The four people sitting on the back guide

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these fiercesome looking blades with their feet, and feed the

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stalks into the machine. Amazingly it take as photograph of every

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single sprout to weed out any bad ones. So, I have my sprouts, my

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turkey, can breeze, hang on, I have forgotten -- cranberries, I have

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forgotten something, potatoes, stupid potatoes. Potatoes are

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amongst the earliest of the Christmas vegtables to be harvested.

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Huge steel monsters spit out a precise quantity with the pact

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packets -- packets with the supermarket logo on it. These spudz

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were grown in Cambridgeshire. It is now dash to get to the warehouse in

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Essex. Our supermarket takes delivery of 56,000 orders in three

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weeks. We're about two weeks after the

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Christmas week, does it just go mad? It goes absolutely crazy.

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if they haven't got enough stock, this entire process, from

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harvesting, to depot, to supermarket shelf, can be managed

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in as little as three days. That is just as well, as the shops

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won't know if they got the predictions right until Christmas

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week itself. So remember, the next time you leave your Christmas food

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shop to the last minute, loads of people have been working for nearly

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a whole year to make sure you have a brilliant Christmas dinner. Hang

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on, I don't think I have enough sprouts, back up, back up. Happy

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Christmas, peace and good will to all men, blah blah blah.

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Some of that was strange and amazing, you don't think about it.

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The most amazing thing was the sprout machine, it costs �200,000.

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I want one dad! You don't want one. It is incredible they photograph

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every sprout, what happens to all of the vegtables that doesn't pass

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the beauty contest. At the farm I went to, the food chain ends up in

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the digester, which makes electricity, sprouts, methane,

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power, it all makes sense. happy the methane is happening

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there and not around the tree or the table. What happens to the poor

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bits of vegtables that aren't good enough to become electricity.

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two are very sad. There are sad vegtables out there, there is this

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unbelievable fact, I had this rechecked, I couldn't believe it,

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280 kilos per person, per year, of fresh food and fruit and vegtable

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goes to waste before it gets to the shop. I couldn't eat that a year.

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Are they ploughed back into the land. Thrown into landfill.

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Especially when you think about so many people struggling to make ends

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meet. There is a charity called Fairshare that did 8.6 million

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meals last year from food that was thrown away by shops. How many?

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kilos per person. Imagine the number of people around the world

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you could feed if you could get that food to them. Stay with us, we

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have one more bit of judging we would like you to do. It is not

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sprouts or funny-shaped vegtables. No, we asked you to send in the

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most confusing signs in Britain. This is the rogue's GALry, spot why

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This is the rogue's GALry, spot why There is fantastic ones there.

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like the secret nuclear bunker, this way!

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Ade we are going to give you the honour of picking the winner.

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I have picked a winner and runner- up. Trust you. That is the one

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outside Swindon, the one called the Magic Roundabout, I tour a lot, the

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driver of my tour bus says whenever we approach this, he says, it is so

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confusing you put your foot down and hope for the best. That is why

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when I play Swindon I take a spare pair of underpants.

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The winner, I'm going to have press you. There can only be one winner,

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it is this one. My hope is it is an international

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border and on one country they go on the left and the other on the

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right. Nominated by Brenda Hider, taken on holiday in Scotland.

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Congratulations, Ade will send the trophy to you. All the authorities

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responsible for the signs, please don't ever fix them or take them

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down, the world would be a much duller place without them. Thank

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you to Ade Edmondson, our judge and insider.

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When was the last time you tried to book a ticket or speak to bank and

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as a human being, and then a human being answered the phone to you. It

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seems the rise of the machine sun stoppable. One person who thinks so

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is Angela Rippon, she's leading the fightback.

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I really do love going to the cinema, you have the widescreen,

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the comfy seats, great performances and movies, I love the whole

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experience. Apart from one thing. This is what happens when I ring

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for a ticket. Welcome to cinema line. A computer,

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it will cost me 10p every minute I'm on the phone. Which cinema line

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are you calling from. London? Please be more specific.

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Kensington? Did you say Manchester. I said Kensington? Did you mean,

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Kensington. Yes, I z I said Kensington. You are through to the

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cinema in Kensington. There are 19 films currently showing. 19 films,

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currently showing. Please choose from the following films. Tinker,

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Taylor Soldier Spy. That will do. Did you mean the film Berlin fill

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harmonica Live. I don't think I said anything like, that said

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Tinker, Taylor Soldier Spy. I don't think in my entire career I have

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been known for speaking anything but clearly. I want to speak to a

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human being. How do you feel about t do you get upset with the

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automated telephone lines. 80% of cinema chains have replaced old

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fashioned humans with computers. The idea is, there is no queue, and

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you can book your ticket at any time. Last year we bought a 169

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million cinema tickets. They claim it is a win-win situation. Is it

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really. The Broadway Cinema in Hertfordshire have agreed to turn

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back the clock for a day, and make ticket booking a human activity, to

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see if it works. I have volunteered to take on the job. Hi Oliver. I'm

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ready for work. After a quick lesson on the

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computer and the booking system. Do I click on to that before I click

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on to that. Hello Broadway Cinemas Angela speaking. We have Crazy

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Stupid Love. The Dead. Hello, Broadway Cinema.

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Getting the hang of this! A satisfied customer, just proving

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what I said, somebody there who would, Emma, who would much rather

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talk to a person rather than a machine, one up to me. As well as

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manning the phone lines, I got a chance to quiz people buying or

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collecting tickets over the counter. 11 tickets for the kids' club.

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When? On Saturday. New career? Absolutely, yes. Would you prefer

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to book the tickets on the telephone or the computer? Why is

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that? For the personal service. don't get that from a computer.

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Tinker, Soldier Sailor Spy. Why are you doing this. Can I ask you a

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question, when you book on the telephone, would you rather have a

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human being on the end. I would want you on the end. A human being.

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Which do you prefer? Human being. Every time? Yes. If it meant you

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had to pay a little bit more to talk to a person? No, I like

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talking to somebody. Enjoy the film, you brought your own cushion I see!

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Having sold sold them their tickets and get them seated. It is time to

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finish off with a refreshment run. I don't care if I look smug,

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because I told you so. Not one single person that I spoke to,

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either on the telephone, or who came to the desk said they wanted

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an automated telephone system. Several of them even said they

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wouldn't mind paying a bit extra for the cinema ticket if it meant

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they could talk to a human rather than a computer. As far as I'm

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concerned, I rest my case. Here to make her case in person,

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please welcome the wonderful, Angela Rippon. What makes you think,

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in this current day and age, where people are so strapped for cash,

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they will pay an extra 50p just to have someone on the end of the

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line? That is such a spurious argument from the cinema companies.

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We already, if you go on the telephone, you can be on the phone

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for at least three if not four minutes by the time they repeat

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everything time after time, you are already paying 30p, 40p, then they

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charge you a booking fee and for using your credit card, you are

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already paying more than 50p as a premium to do it on the telephone.

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It is a stupid excuse for doing that. It really is. I have to say

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that 50p, we asked somebody to research it for us and come up with

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how much it would cost on top, your theory is we shouldn't be paying it

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at all? They can more than afford T the three major cinema companies in

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this country make in excess of �automillion profit each every

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single year. They -- �50 million profit each every single year. They

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can afford to put someone on there. It is banks and utilities, they all

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do it. Does it matter? I think it does. If you talk to people and ask

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them their two biggest gripes as consumers, top of the list is poor

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customer service, and those multichoice telephone systems. If

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you go toson some of the very large retail stores, you will find they

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don't do this. You phone and you have a person who answers your

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query immediately. And then puts you through to another human being,

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and if you look what we had today the unploilt figures, why should

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you replace -- unemployment figures y should you replace a human being

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with a machine, why should they do it. We will find out if the public

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agree with you at the end of the show.

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Angela Rippon everybody! Very strong argument, Angela says

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bringing people back to cinema booking lines would bring back the

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personal touch and get people back into jobs as well. The cinemas

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should pick up the cost. Tonight we The results later on.

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Are you too frightened to put on your heating because of the bill

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you might get? Well you are not alone. There are 6.5 million

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households in Britain, who are running scared of their fuel bills.

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Over the last year the average annual household energy bill rose

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by a gob smacking �230. Is there an end in sight to the higher bills.

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We sent Grainne Seoige, to find out more about this heated debate. Our

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household energy bills have gone up 50% in three years, and profits for

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the energy companies have gone up 35%. Last year they made profits of

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�8.5 billion. All why we pay record prices to heat and run our homes.

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My current energy bill is high, it was roughly in the region of about

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�400 a quarter, it has been pushed up to nearly �600. Try to keep the

:25:22.:25:27.

heating bills down by wearing lots of layers. �100 a month.

:25:27.:25:31.

The economic crisis has led to the biggest squeeze on family budgets

:25:31.:25:35.

since the 1950, and to top it off, the big six energy companies are

:25:35.:25:40.

putting up fuel prices by up to 18%. Some of these higher bills are

:25:40.:25:44.

already landing on our doormats. One of the hardest hit places in

:25:44.:25:50.

the UK is Wales. 40% of households here are now in fuel poverty.

:25:51.:25:56.

That means that a household spends more than 10% of its income on

:25:56.:26:01.

energy bills. Over 500,000 families are affected in Wales alone.

:26:01.:26:07.

Where better to come than Power Street in South Wales, to see if

:26:07.:26:12.

residents have to turn their power down as the energy prices go up. Mr

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and Mrs Tanner are both retired and have an energy bill of �848 a year.

:26:18.:26:20.

Keeping their home warm is a growing concern. With everything

:26:20.:26:25.

going up in the air with the prices, it gets harder every year. We don't

:26:25.:26:28.

put the heating on in the morning any more, we are frightened what

:26:28.:26:34.

sort of bill will come in. Tanners are fuel poor, spending 20%

:26:34.:26:38.

of their income on their monthly energy bills. The Jarvis family up

:26:38.:26:43.

the road face an estimated annual bill of �2,600, they are teetering

:26:43.:26:48.

on the edge of fuel poverty, and are now turning appliances off

:26:48.:26:53.

every day to save money. You can be sat here some nights without

:26:53.:26:57.

heating on. The girls go to bed, as soon as they are in bed and wrapped

:26:57.:27:03.

up, we sit here and leave the heating off. The family are on a

:27:03.:27:07.

pre-pay metre, and they chose this because they couldn't make head nor

:27:07.:27:11.

tail of the tarrifs on offer. give have the figures and the

:27:11.:27:14.

standing charges, it is not explained properly what you are

:27:14.:27:18.

paying for. The Tanners are equally baffled? I couldn't understand it,

:27:18.:27:21.

all the different tarrifs and different things, it is not simple

:27:21.:27:25.

to understand. Perhaps the Jarviss and the Tanners

:27:25.:27:30.

have God reason to be confused. There are currently 400 tarrifs on

:27:30.:27:34.

the market. We took people's concerns about the prices and

:27:34.:27:40.

tarrifs to the industry body, Energy UK. 400 tarrifs, why isn't

:27:40.:27:50.

it simple letter? Companies are really listening -- Simpler?

:27:50.:27:55.

Companies are listening to customer about the choices, and if there is

:27:55.:27:58.

something they can do to help customers choose the right one.

:27:58.:28:02.

There are large and small companies, each one offering a different type

:28:02.:28:06.

of tarrif, depending on what you want to pay, by cheque or on-line.

:28:06.:28:12.

Then, of course, the country is divided into different region,

:28:12.:28:15.

there might be a different price depending on the network charges.

:28:15.:28:20.

It seems the energy industry and their customers agree there is a

:28:20.:28:25.

multitude of choice, but Consumer Focus is worried that the

:28:25.:28:29.

combination of high prices and options is putting the squeeze on

:28:29.:28:35.

customers from both directions. average bill is �1300 per household,

:28:35.:28:40.

up 20% from last year. No surprise that energy companies think by

:28:40.:28:43.

proliferation and complexity of tarrifs they can bamboozle you and

:28:43.:28:47.

it is impossible for people to sort out the best deal for themselves.

:28:47.:28:52.

That is a poor state of affairs. there anything to help customers

:28:52.:28:55.

steer a course through this minefield. I have asked Mark today

:28:56.:29:02.

from the Energy Helpline to come and give the Tanners and the

:29:02.:29:08.

Jarviss some advice. What is the bill looking like at

:29:08.:29:10.

What is the bill looking like at the moment? At the moment you are

:29:10.:29:17.

spending to �868 a year, you could get it down by �11 pounds by

:29:17.:29:21.

switching to a different tarrif. How can you find out about it?

:29:21.:29:23.

need to use an independent comparison service, they are often

:29:23.:29:28.

on the Internet, but also you can find them over the phone, and an

:29:28.:29:31.

operator would talk you through the different deals on offer and tell

:29:31.:29:36.

you about the cheapest tarrifs. the Tanners have learned how to

:29:36.:29:41.

save themselves nearly �200. What about the Jarviss and their �2,600

:29:41.:29:46.

on their bill? You are spending a lot of money, �50 a week, that is a

:29:46.:29:50.

big old bill. You can save money, that is the good news. The way you

:29:50.:29:54.

really save money is to change your metre, change it from a prepayment

:29:54.:29:59.

metre to a credit metre, that will allow you to go on a monthly direct

:29:59.:30:03.

debit tarrif, once you are on a credit metre, you can switch to the

:30:03.:30:07.

cheapest deals on the market, that could save you �500 off your bill

:30:07.:30:12.

in total. That is a lot of money. �500 a year, definitely looking

:30:12.:30:18.

into that. It turns out that the prepay metre can be one of the most

:30:18.:30:23.

expensive ways of getting your household energy. On Mark today's

:30:23.:30:29.

recommendation, the jar -- Todd's recommendation the family could cut

:30:29.:30:34.

their bill by 25%. We have one of the most competitive

:30:34.:30:37.

markets in the world. If you look at the statistics right across

:30:37.:30:40.

Europe, we have the cheapest gas price of all the leading countries

:30:40.:30:45.

in western Europe, and one of the cheapest prices for electricity.

:30:45.:30:49.

There is a lot of competition out there, we would say make sure you

:30:49.:30:53.

are benefiting from that. That sounds like let the buyer beware,

:30:53.:30:58.

it is not cutting any ice with Consumer Focus? It is the single

:30:58.:31:02.

most important consumer issue in Britain today. We have a closed

:31:02.:31:05.

market, six suppliers dominating the industry, 99% of all households,

:31:05.:31:08.

there is no threat that any big brute will come behind them and

:31:08.:31:12.

take their market share away. While they don't have that threat of new

:31:12.:31:16.

entry, they will behave as they have for years. A lazy, complacent

:31:16.:31:21.

way, that assumes consumers will stay with them and pay whatever

:31:21.:31:24.

they are charged. Powerful stuff. We have got the

:31:24.:31:29.

Secretary of State for Energy, Chris Huhne MP, Luciana is living

:31:29.:31:35.

in fuel poverty, paying 20% of her household income on fuel. What does

:31:35.:31:40.

that mean, what choices will you have to make this Christmas?

:31:40.:31:44.

means cancelling Christmas all together. Having to prioritise

:31:44.:31:50.

paying my fuel bills first. I cannot count for a specific budget

:31:50.:31:53.

to contribute towards Christmas, whether it is the cheapest toys on

:31:53.:31:59.

the market, or Christmas cards to my friends. I can't even afford my

:31:59.:32:08.

food bill, at the moment. Because of certain cuts, the �15 less a

:32:08.:32:11.

week we are getting from housing allowances. But essentially the

:32:11.:32:15.

fuel costs are weighing down on you very heavily, and affecting

:32:15.:32:21.

everything else? Because they have increased so highly, compared to

:32:21.:32:26.

the last few years, I was paying �40 including both dual fuel, and

:32:27.:32:36.

now it is �1267 a month. Is this an -- �127 a month. Is this an

:32:36.:32:41.

acceptable thing in the 21st century, a young mum struggling to

:32:41.:32:45.

keep the house warm and having to cancel Christmas? It is a real

:32:45.:32:49.

problem we have had this massive increase facing many people this

:32:49.:32:53.

year. 38% increase in the world gas prices, because of events in the

:32:53.:32:58.

Middle East, because of the Japanese nuclear disaster,

:32:58.:33:01.

increased in demand for gas in the far east, this is coming through

:33:01.:33:05.

into our own gas prices and into our electricity prices, because a

:33:05.:33:08.

very large part of our electricity comes from gas. There is a big

:33:08.:33:12.

problem there. What we can try to do to help in the short run is get

:33:12.:33:16.

people to check, insulate, save, and the two examples that were

:33:16.:33:19.

given there. I don't know whether you have had an opportunity to talk

:33:19.:33:24.

to somebody from citizens advice bureau, about how you might be able

:33:24.:33:30.

to save. But the two examples you gave in the film were very

:33:30.:33:36.

substantial. You are not on a prepaid metre, and paying by direct

:33:36.:33:41.

debit and you are still in fuel poverty, let's concentrate on the

:33:41.:33:45.

profits? She hasn't taken all the steps. Energy prices in the world

:33:45.:33:50.

have gone up, the point is that the energy companies are making �8.5

:33:51.:33:53.

billion, how do you deal with that, where is the responsibility for

:33:53.:33:57.

you? The most important thing can I do about the energy companies is to

:33:57.:34:00.

make sure that people like Luciana are shopping around to get the best

:34:00.:34:05.

possible deal. If we get, and you can go on to direct debit, that is

:34:05.:34:09.

fine. Ofgem, the independent regulator calculated the sort of

:34:09.:34:13.

savings that you showed on the film are typical. It is not working for

:34:13.:34:17.

everyone? Have you tried to shop around? I have shopped around, and

:34:17.:34:21.

I have gone on to the Internet, gone on to the calculator, and I am

:34:21.:34:27.

on the best deal I can be. I have swapped two years ago from one

:34:27.:34:34.

company to another. Are you looked this winter. Because they all

:34:34.:34:38.

announced their tarrif increases now. They are fixes them for the

:34:38.:34:43.

winter, this is a very good time to compare, and Ofgem says, people can

:34:44.:34:47.

save �200 a year. What are you going to do, if people take every

:34:47.:34:51.

measure they can, what will you be doing? We are simplifying bills, we

:34:51.:34:55.

want to make it a lot easier for people to make that comparison. We

:34:55.:34:59.

want much more competition in the market. We have already introduced

:34:59.:35:02.

safeguards for consumers. For example, we are not allowing the

:35:02.:35:06.

companies any more to do what they used to do, which is to put the

:35:06.:35:09.

prices up and tell you. If they put the prices up they have to tell you

:35:09.:35:13.

first, give you 30 days notice. If you decide to switch, they have to

:35:13.:35:17.

do that within three weeks. We want to encourage more people to switch

:35:17.:35:21.

and make it easier to do so. And we are getting tough through Ofgem,

:35:21.:35:25.

the regulator, with any mis-selling through the companies. There have

:35:25.:35:30.

been big fines for some companies for bad behaviour. You want to

:35:30.:35:33.

eradicate fuel poverty by 2016, have you lost control of the

:35:33.:35:36.

situation now, what are you doing for Luciana today, for Christmas.

:35:36.:35:40.

Fuel poverty is on the up, it is increasing? The two key things you

:35:40.:35:43.

can do right now, Luciana and anybody else in this position, one

:35:43.:35:48.

is check you are on the cheapest tarrif right now. I have done and I

:35:48.:35:52.

am. You said you changed two years ago. I keep on checking. The other

:35:52.:35:57.

thing is your company will almost certainly, your energy company will

:35:57.:36:01.

almost certainly have a deal on special insulation deal which will

:36:01.:36:07.

help reduce your bill all together, by about �100 a year, simply

:36:07.:36:11.

because of what they are offering in terms of cheap insulation. That

:36:11.:36:14.

is short run, next year we have a major new programme coming in

:36:14.:36:19.

called Green Deal, that will give real energy savings to people, and

:36:19.:36:22.

businesses will come in, fit up your house, get your energy bill

:36:22.:36:29.

down, and you will pay for that out of the saving on the energy bill.

:36:29.:36:33.

That is one year down the line, what about now. This year we are

:36:33.:36:39.

getting tough with the companies. Let Luciana have a final say? Are

:36:39.:36:43.

you convinced and what about the �8.5 billion profit? You know when

:36:44.:36:47.

you mentioned the companies are paying more money, wholesale prices

:36:47.:36:53.

for the fuel. They are counting for an increase of 23% for electricity

:36:53.:36:59.

and 40% for gas. On the figures it is still making a huge amount of

:36:59.:37:01.

profit, when they increase their taxes or not and find them, they

:37:01.:37:07.

will find a way of making consumers pay for that. We will have to leave

:37:07.:37:10.

it there. Make sure it is a really competitive market, make sure they

:37:10.:37:14.

have to fight for every penny. If it is a competitive market and they

:37:14.:37:18.

are making money that is fair enough. We will see what impact the

:37:18.:37:21.

recent fuel price increases have on poverty in the future. Thank you

:37:21.:37:26.

very much for both of you. Now, from the burning debate about

:37:26.:37:31.

fuel prices to something a touch lighter, earlier Angela asked if

:37:31.:37:35.

you would pay 50p more per ticket if it meant speaking to a real

:37:35.:37:39.

person at the cinema, we will tell you how you voted. The vote is

:37:39.:37:43.

closed now, don't vote any mo, you will be charged but the vote won't

:37:43.:37:47.

count. Full terms and conditions will be found on the website.

:37:47.:37:51.

It is time for a quick round up of the news around That's Britain,

:37:51.:37:57.

with your host, Nick Knowles. Hello, welcome, just time for a

:37:57.:38:01.

couple of the top stories, one man unconcerned about the rise in

:38:01.:38:05.

energy bills, has put up so many Christmas lights in his home he

:38:05.:38:12.

can't boil a Celt. Mr Skinner has put up 200 light displays inside

:38:12.:38:16.

and outside his home, inspired by the Blackpool Illumination, once

:38:16.:38:20.

they are switched on there is no juice left for hot water and

:38:20.:38:25.

anything else except the TV. You can't visit the house any more

:38:26.:38:29.

because of stringent health and safety rules. If you hate the fact

:38:29.:38:33.

that council officials can now hand out fixed penalty notices, like our

:38:33.:38:38.

bin cops, and I do, worry no more. A Conservative MP has plan, Tory MP,

:38:38.:38:41.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, last week called for all council officials with the

:38:41.:38:46.

power to hand out fines to wear a distinctive uniform like this, it

:38:46.:38:51.

is a bowler hat. Mr Rees-Mogg reckons if council officials wear

:38:51.:38:57.

bowler hats, people can see them coming and people can Scarper

:38:57.:39:02.

without getting a ticket. If you are wondering what constituency Mr

:39:02.:39:05.

Rees-Mogg represents? It is the 1950s. That is the news from around

:39:05.:39:09.

Britain. That might not work for the bin

:39:09.:39:13.

cops, but they have a new weapon at the disposal, it is this, you over

:39:13.:39:17.

there, man in the tweed, stop smoking, pick up your butts, pick

:39:17.:39:22.

up your butts? That is the last thing we need is a rambler with a

:39:22.:39:25.

megaphone. That has made my Christmas. It works for us, but

:39:25.:39:29.

will it work on the streets of Britain?

:39:29.:39:36.

Environmental enforcement officer has a new deputy, Becky Williams,

:39:36.:39:44.

before they hit the streets some pointers. With a cigarette it has

:39:44.:39:49.

five mints before going into the bin or on to the floor.

:39:49.:39:52.

challenge, and it is making a difference to the town and

:39:52.:39:57.

community. Quite excited actually. It is time to get moving. This

:39:57.:40:06.

street, just scan people, get your eyes going up and down, checking

:40:06.:40:12.

people pltd. Now the real thing, they are passed by a smoker,

:40:12.:40:17.

issuing a ticket here can be straight forward. Pick your pace up

:40:17.:40:27.
:40:27.:40:29.

a bit. It should be on the deck. Where did that go. Craig misses the

:40:29.:40:33.

drop. Even I missed that one. the impression he wanted to give

:40:33.:40:38.

his new deputy. Unfortunately she won't be getting a ticket for that

:40:38.:40:43.

one. He put his cigarette butt into the bin, hasn't he.

:40:43.:40:47.

Bit of a shame, there we go. But it is not long before another smoker

:40:47.:40:55.

is in sight. Excuse me. I'm an enforcement officer with the

:40:55.:40:59.

council, that cigarette butt you threw there, that is littering, it

:40:59.:41:04.

is an offence, this is a fixed penalty. The fine is �80, reduced

:41:04.:41:07.

to �50 if it is paid within ten days, all right then, cheers, thank

:41:08.:41:12.

you very much. Another infringement punished. How did the new deputy

:41:12.:41:18.

did. It was a good spot, coming along, walking up the high street,

:41:18.:41:21.

Becky has seen the gentleman coming towards us spoking. Again, just

:41:21.:41:26.

using her observation skills. I had already seen him as well. So it was

:41:26.:41:30.

a nice spot, backed up, witnessed by two officers, always good. It

:41:30.:41:33.

makes stronger evidence if it is ever contested in court. Another

:41:33.:41:37.

culprit caught and the start of a successful crime-busting

:41:37.:41:44.

partnership. Cot gentleman on the Bevan who

:41:44.:41:48.

dropped his cigarette butt take it up. The gentleman in the brown

:41:48.:41:58.
:41:58.:42:00.

jacket pick it up. They can see the ban, they know the

:42:00.:42:03.

cameras are rotating and we are watching people. It is the, oh God,

:42:03.:42:07.

they are here again, we have to behave ourselves. The van has a

:42:07.:42:11.

fully rotating and zoomable camera mounted on the roof, with more

:42:11.:42:15.

cameras on the side and back. Giving a 360 view of potential

:42:15.:42:20.

offenders. For this operation, Paul has a new partner. I'm the voice on

:42:20.:42:26.

the microphone. It is all about education, that is my role. It is

:42:26.:42:32.

to just try to remind people to think, and to try to keep the city

:42:32.:42:36.

tidy, it is as simple as that. should be the peak time for

:42:36.:42:39.

activity, this is when all the office staff are coming out for the

:42:39.:42:45.

dinner breaks. Sloppy eater any way, the moment of

:42:45.:42:49.

madness, she's listening to her mobile phone conversation whilst

:42:49.:42:55.

having the fag, guaranteed the brain isn't engaged. The cigarette

:42:55.:43:01.

is more than likely going on the floor. No it didn't, she has seen

:43:01.:43:08.

the bin. Most people seem to be getting the message. Good lad.

:43:08.:43:13.

He stuck it out to the bin, credit to him, he has used it properly.

:43:13.:43:17.

Now we will watch his girlfriend. No, she has gone for the bin, good

:43:17.:43:21.

girl. I don't suppose it take as genius to know that the camera is

:43:21.:43:26.

pointing at you. Eventhough the van is only a few feet away, these two

:43:26.:43:31.

smokers seem totally oblivious. think there is a good likelihood

:43:31.:43:35.

this guy will throw his cigarette butt on the floor. He's having a

:43:35.:43:39.

nice pleasant chat with his mate, he's not really thinking about what

:43:39.:43:45.

he's doing, he a's having a quiet fag and he won't think anything

:43:45.:43:49.

about dropping a cigarette butt on the floor. He just dropped it, Anne.

:43:49.:43:53.

Could the gentleman in the black jacket that has dropped the

:43:53.:43:59.

cigarette end pick it up, please put it in the bin. Tell him who it

:43:59.:44:04.

is, next to the guy with the hat on. Sat next to the guy with the striep

:44:04.:44:10.

striped jumper, pick up the cigarette end please. He has done

:44:10.:44:14.

what we asked him to do. He will have a good gripe out of it, have

:44:14.:44:17.

the council got nothing better to do. At least the message has gone

:44:17.:44:20.

out to him and other people that we are watching, and we will tell

:44:21.:44:30.
:44:31.:44:33.

people when they are acting inappropriately.

:44:33.:44:38.

My idea of a perfect day, a van with a loud speaker. Last week a

:44:39.:44:42.

Henley Business School study showed three quarters of us believed that

:44:42.:44:46.

customer service in Britain is at its worst ever. We don't have to

:44:46.:44:52.

sit back and look at advise, here to show us is our expert, Jasper

:44:52.:44:56.

Griegson. Since Jasper came on the show last week we have been

:44:56.:45:01.

inundated with requests for his help. Here is the first problem

:45:01.:45:08.

from Joseph McCleary in -- Shaun McAleer? In August 2010 I bought a

:45:08.:45:13.

brand new car from a main dealer. Soon after purchase the car

:45:13.:45:16.

developed transmission problem, I have sense spent over 12 months in

:45:16.:45:19.

dispute with the dealer and manufacturer over this fault. Some

:45:19.:45:23.

work has been carried out under warantee, however the fault still

:45:23.:45:28.

remains. At one point I was even advised to stop driving the car,

:45:28.:45:32.

then the dealer and manufacturer changed their minds, and refuse to

:45:32.:45:36.

co-operate with me any further, and are insisting the car is OK. Can

:45:36.:45:41.

you help me out here, I don't know what more can I possibly do to get

:45:41.:45:46.

my car repaired under warranty, and both the dealer and manufacturer

:45:46.:45:50.

are refusing to co-operate with me. He doesn't know what else to do,

:45:50.:45:54.

two parts of the same company shifting responsibility on to one

:45:54.:45:57.

another, he has to get their attention? It is a brand new car,

:45:57.:46:01.

the bickering between them is not his problem. It is their's. He has

:46:01.:46:06.

to grab their intention, I'm a great believer of handing over the

:46:06.:46:10.

hot potato to the company. In this case, I would send the piece of

:46:10.:46:16.

equipment to the company concerned, the clutch, I'm not a mechanic, and

:46:16.:46:19.

a few other bits to somebody else in the organisation. Why will that

:46:19.:46:23.

work? If you get it through to somebody at the top of the

:46:23.:46:25.

organisation, they will treat the complaint a bit differently. Who to

:46:25.:46:28.

write to and how to find the name, go to the website, the boring bit

:46:28.:46:32.

that gives the name to the directors, and ring up head office

:46:32.:46:37.

and ask. They will say we can't tell you or reveal that information.

:46:37.:46:42.

They can. Next up we have another problem to

:46:42.:46:52.
:46:52.:46:52.

solve with somebody in the audience, Sandra Pickett come up here.

:46:52.:46:58.

What is your problem? Our local council are asking our children to

:46:58.:47:03.

walk down a very unsafe route. is a different thing, dealing with

:47:03.:47:09.

a company or companies, dealing with councils, we feel more

:47:09.:47:14.

frightened taking on those bodies? We shouldn't be afraid, it is not a

:47:14.:47:18.

commercial issue. You have to employ a bit of cunning, write to

:47:18.:47:21.

somebody senior at the council, get the council leader involved, write

:47:21.:47:24.

to maybe the person in charge of the department for transport. Get

:47:24.:47:29.

your MP involved. This sounds to me more like a campaign than complaint,

:47:29.:47:34.

you have to adopt a multiapproach to the problem, it is not just one

:47:34.:47:37.

single strand. Your main concern is the safety element, it is not the

:47:37.:47:40.

walking it is the fact that your son and other children are talking

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on an unsafe route. What will you do? Also enlist the help of third

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parties, get the police involved if you can. Health and Safety

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Executive, get other people to buy into the idea that children's

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safety is there. How will you tweak them and pull on their heartstrings.

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One thing I have done is send them a drawing, by your children, pluck

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on their heartstrings a bit. I have tried that with great effect. It

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can work. You have got your children to do this. I have when

:48:10.:48:20.
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they are younger. Get the crayons out at home.

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We always say Christmas is the time to help others, does it make us

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more generous of spirit or too busy to lend a hand. Stanley Johnson has

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been to Bradford to recruit some secret Santas.

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This week I'm in Bradford, home of the reindeer Christmas parade, also

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home to Santa's grotto, where every year children flock to meet Father

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Christmas. But little do this group of local school kids and their

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parents know, there is a problem. That's right, Father Christmas is

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running late, rumour has it he has overdone the mince pies, I

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personally blame his penchant for sherry. Our act stress's first

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challenge is to ask -- actress's first challenge is to ask complete

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strangers to dress up as Santas and wave to the kids. I will be

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watching the action from behind the Chrimbo tree. Have you got one

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minute? I haven't I have to go to work. Please will you stick the hat

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and the beard on. There is the tiny little kids. Please. The kids have

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now been waiting for over 15 minutes, Jennifer tries a new

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tactic, getting the partners on side first. Excuse me I literally

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need someone to put on a hat and a beard to wave at the kids, I have

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the mums eyeballing me. Come on John. We are getting a shake of the

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head. You have to go like that. finally got our first Santa,

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reluctant John. Well done Jennifer. I'm really

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sorry, I know you didn't really want to do this. He's looking good

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in the Santa outfit a few more mince pies and he could pass for

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the real thing. Can you do a ho ho ho. Go on, do it. Ho ho ho. Don't

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laugh after it, do it again. Ho ho ho. And give a wave. After the

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quick Santa lesson, it is time to meet the kids. Say hello Santa.

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Merry Christmas. The kids are ecstatic, he's really convincing

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him. Back in a minute kids. Success, and it wasn't just John happy to ho

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ho ho, Tom, Glenn, Ben and Stuart went for it too. Give me a ho ho ho.

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Jool ho ho ho. Who is ready for Christmas! Can't hear you? And now

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we want our tree tend Santa to fill -- our pretend Santa to fill in for

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the late Santa and meet the kids in the grat toe. Can you speak to one

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kid? Just one. Can you go ho ho ho. A lot of them have already been in.

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I can't do this. You can, pleats, please, please. I'm going now.

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not going ahead with this. I have done my bit now, you said just wave

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and I did. It was all a bit much for Santa John, but Santa Ben is

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one round. See, look they believe you. Just one. One child. He stays

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put for the kids. You might say she has her claws

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into Santa. That's it, the first child and parent is going in.

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Christmas little boy, what is your name? Rhys, have you been a good

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boy this year.'S Doing a first rate job. I think you deserve a little

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present as well. Thank you Santa. He's playing the

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role well, and this kid believes he's met the real Santa. Will our

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Santa agree to see more than one child? Two, three, four, that's

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five, amazingly, our other three Santas, also played the role for

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more than 20 minutes. What's your name? Hello, I'm Santa. Do you want

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a surprise. Can we do that. What would you like me to bring you

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Christmas Eve. Until the whole class got to see Santa. Well, the

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kids are happy, Santa has come to town well and truly several times,

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Christmas wishes have been granted. Stanley's here with one of his

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stand-in Santas. Stuart why did you decide to join in? After I realised

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it weren't a joke, I thought why not step in and make somebody happy.

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I reckon, not only with this film, you have proven that Britain is a

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great and warm and cuddly and helpful place to be? It really is

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so, particularly up north. That is where we have been, I want to move

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up north. Is there a chance that have? I had four years in Oxford, a

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bit further north now. I don't think Oxford is up north! People

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will band together and help each other out in extremes? As far as

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I'm concerned this has been the most uplifting experience I have

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had for a long, long time. I'm very pleased. Ladies and gentlemen,

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let's hear it for Stanley and Santa Stuart!

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These days when the cashpoint says there are insufficient funds

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available, you don't know if it is you or the bank itself. Who keeps

:53:48.:53:53.

the cash in the machines and our pockets, time to meet another

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hidden hero! Ron moves van loads of cash around Britain daily. My job

:53:58.:54:03.

is to make sure that ATMs are supplied with cash. Millions upon

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millions go out of here every week, keeping ATMs in the London area

:54:10.:54:15.

supplied. Ron's staff, not identified to protect them from

:54:15.:54:18.

possible kidnap or violence, start by sorting the money and preparing

:54:18.:54:24.

it for delivering. We process all the �10, �20 and importantly, the

:54:24.:54:28.

�5 notes in the ATM, they are loaded into cassettes and secure

:54:28.:54:32.

vans and taken off to be put into the ATMs. Three quarters of a

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billion pounds are on the roads every day. Without it, Britain's

:54:36.:54:42.

economy would grind to a halt. When vans leave the warehouse on a cash

:54:42.:54:47.

run, Ron's first priority is the security of his staff. We have to

:54:47.:54:52.

protect our staff and the cash that our staff carry for us. Our people

:54:52.:54:56.

here in the control room can see that van, they can track it all the

:54:56.:54:59.

time. They can detect any threat to the van whatsoever. It is while

:54:59.:55:03.

dropping off cash to ATMs that his security team are at their most

:55:03.:55:08.

vulnerable. It is one of Britain's most dangerous jobs, with 15

:55:08.:55:15.

attacks every week. Today everything runs smoothly and

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the British public can continue to get access to their money. Some

:55:18.:55:22.

people would say working in hospitals vital, some people would

:55:22.:55:26.

say working in the fire brigade is vital, I see the service we provide

:55:26.:55:31.

as being as vital as any of those public services. It gives me,

:55:31.:55:36.

personally, a huge boost, to get up every morning, knowing I'm doing

:55:36.:55:44.

something important. That is what keeps me going.

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Earlier we asked whether or not you would be willing to pay an extra

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50p for your cinema ticket if it meant you could speak to a human

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being while buying it. Do you think you pulled it off? It will be

:55:56.:55:59.

interesting to see what people think. It is a smoke screen to say

:55:59.:56:06.

we will charge you an extra 50p, they charge you for going on the

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telephone and doing your thing. If the people I spoke to at their

:56:10.:56:14.

lovely cinema are anything to go by, people would rather have a human

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being than machine. Let's see if the great British public agree?

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Resounding. Unbelievable.

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Well done. You know I actually said I will eat my hat, I will have to

:56:30.:56:34.

eat that bowler hat. Thank you very much. It is official the majority

:56:34.:56:38.

who voted would be prepared to pay an extra 50p to have someone to

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talk to. You couldn't have expected that? I'm afraid I did, because I

:56:42.:56:46.

know that the thing that really annoys people and makes them think

:56:46.:56:50.

they are not getting good customer service, is they get a wretched

:56:50.:56:53.

machine rather than a human being and can get an answer who can deal

:56:53.:56:58.

with their query and question in a matter of seconds, rather than

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being minutes on a telephone. you to everyone who voted and

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thanks so much to the lovely Angela Rippon.

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Quickly, we will have a quick look at the change and see the quiz.

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Let's have a look and see what is the change, wind turbines, what is

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the matter with people. Still not festive. A couple of people have

:57:21.:57:25.

complained, kids, interestingly enough, the average person has told

:57:25.:57:30.

off their child by 11.07 on Christmas day. Sprouts and

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Christmas shopping. That is it for night, and the series, thanks to

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Warm-hearted studio show about the things in modern life that drive Britain up the wall - from queues to fuel costs, and from airport check-ins to fly tipping. Presented by Nick Knowles and Julia Bradbury, the show reveals how Britain works and attempts to make life a little more bearable for everyone in the UK - or at least have fun trying...

In the final episode, Grainne Seoige looks into the price we pay to heat our homes, Ade Edmondson gets inside a supermarket to see how they get our Christmas dinner onto the shelves, Angela Rippon tries to bring back the human touch to cinema booking phone lines and Stanley Johnson tries to persuade the public to become stand-in Santas with a hidden camera sting. We also try to find the most confusing road signs in Britain and celebrate another hidden hero doing a job that keeps the country ticking.