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Channel 5 takes BriteSpark’s housing dispute series

A series exploring the underbelly of the UK's housing crisis will soon make its way to broadcaster Channel 5. (Pictured: BriteSpark Films' creative director Nick Godwin)
June 2, 2015

A series exploring the underbelly of the UK’s housing crisis will soon make its way to broadcaster Channel 5.

The BriteSpark Films-produced ob-doc series Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords will shadow eviction specialists and council teams across Britain as they deal with problematic tenants and expose dishonest landlords.

The 6 x 60-minute series will follow home-owners battling to take repossession of their homes from tenants who refuse to pay while landlords are exposed for the poor and unsanitary living conditions of their rental units.

“This is generation rent – for every tenant who won’t pay, there’s a landlord making profit out of slum conditions. With eight million of us renting, it’s a huge issue and this dramatic series exposes some shocking tactics on both sides,” said Michelle Chappell, commissioning editor for factual, news and current affairs at Channel 5, in a statement.

“This [ob-doc] series is timely as a national debate rages around the housing crisis in the UK.,” added Nick Godwin (pictured), creative director at Argonon-owned indie BriteSpark Films.

Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords will be exec produced by Godwin and series produced by Suzy Davis.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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