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Have you an employment story to tell? Want to appear on a fly-on-the-wall documentary?

At TheEmployable we are always interested in hearing about TV programs or documentaries that give a realistic viewpoint of what life is really like (without the corporate spin or government self interest)…

When TheEmployable were contacted by award winning TV production company, Two Four, about a landmark series they are planning for Channel4 about what life is really like for UK families in 2012 – Olympics and Queens Jubilee aside – we thought that a series, not only highlighting the realities of ‘getting by’, but celebrating resourcefulness, strength and humour, sounded right up our street.

Imagine ‘One Born Every Minute‘ or ‘Educating Essex’, this seems like it could be the next big C4 thing, so we  asked Kate Griffiths, Producer with Two Four, to explain all…

“We’re developing a landmark series for Channel 4 about what life is really like for British families in this iconic year.  While the attention of the world is on the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics this summer, most of us will be trying harder and harder to get by.  Against this backdrop we’re hoping to tell the stories of inspiring, warm and engaging families – from all areas and backgrounds across the UK, living through these tough economic times. 

We’d like to reflect the range of issues faced by families in 2012 – from redundancy, money worries and the need to find a new job, to the pressure of running a business and worries about paying the rent or mortgage. We want to explore the pressures parents deal with – supporting their children, from new babies arriving home to school leavers and graduates, often struggling to find work. We are particularly keen that we speak to people about issues around jobs – and what the various impacts are on different family members and generations. Ultimately, we want this to be a definitive series looking at British family life, celebrating their resourcefulness, strength and even humour as they take on the challenges of this year.  I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a really exciting opportunity to focus on the major issues that affect millions of families across the UK.

We’re currently researching the series and we’re hoping to spread the word and speak to as many people and families as possible about their experiences – in the first instance to help with our research and if they’re interested to tell them about the series. Any conversations will be informal and confidential and do not commit people to taking part. Just so you know we know, we are very experienced at working sensitively and collaboratively with people going through challenging times of their lives and take our duty of care very seriously.”

So if you think you have a story to tell and would be interested in being part of this series, here are all the contact details below…

For more info, please email Twofour via 2012@twofour.co.uk  or Kate.Griffiths@twofour.co.uk

call them on 0207 438 1804 or text 07553 816 385

Check out their page on facebook or the link on their own site here.

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2 Responses to “Have you an employment story to tell? Want to appear on a fly-on-the-wall documentary?”

  1. Sorry? But why just families? I’m a single male in my 30’s and I have to work nearly 90 hours a week in order to sustain a decent living, all because I don’t have the luxury of a double income. So can we get over this Cameron spin that Britain has become Family-centric. Britain is full of single people barely able to survive in this economic climate, but we don’t have the ability claim family tax credits or any kind of assistance, even though we pay the same amount of National Insurance and tax.

    Posted by Col Dixon | April 6, 2012, 3:57 pm
    • Hi there Col

      Some good points there me thinks – but you would have to ask the producers of the program perhaps – it may be that they don’t just look at families – and I would assume that ‘families’ can be some times determined in different ways. A house full of single males, who share a house, could be perceived as a ‘family’ so you never know – the program may well be relevant.


      Posted by theemployable | April 6, 2012, 4:15 pm

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