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Mip TV Picks 2008: Personal Services Required

At some point or another, most have looked around their cluttered homes and wished they had either a maid or man servant to take care of things.
April 1, 2008


At some point or another, most have looked around their cluttered homes and wished they had either a maid or man servant to take care of things – all those annoying but necessary tasks such as cooking and cleaning get in the way of the more fun things in life. Question is: even if you could afford to hire one, what kind of person would you want hanging around your house all day, attending to your every need?

In Personal Services Required, two families are given a chance to test three domestic servants (housekeepers, personal assistants, au pairs, etc.). They’ll put them through their paces to see how they would function if it were a full-time arrangement. Once this three-day road test is over, however, the employers and perspective employees are brought together to talk about how they feel about the relationship (and some of the homes and habits of the employers). No psychotherapy will ever be as revelatory as talking to the person who has seen mounds of your dirty underwear and food-encrusted dishes. Partners: RDF Television (London) for Channel 4 (UK), distributed through RDF Rights (London)
Airing: April
Length: 4 x 50 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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