UK net Channel 4 has commissioned an observational series following a British entrepreneur’s attempts to set up his own bank from scratch, in a bid to support local businesses.
The tentatively titled Bank of Dave will be made by Glasgow-based Finestripe Productions and will chart the progress of entrepreneur David Fishwick as he tries to create a bank from scratch and get it into profit in 180 days.
Despite being an experienced businessman, Fishwick knows “very little about the banking system,” according to the network. The program will ask the question: “Can one man really take on the banking giants and make a real difference to local businesses?”
The 3 x 60-minute series was commissioned by Andrew Jackson, C4’s deputy head of features, and will air in 2012. It is exec produced by Katie Lander and directed and series produced by Ian Lilley.
In a statement, Fishwick said: “There are businesses and individuals out there who are hardworking and honest but through no fault of their own, they can no longer get loans. They are being ignored and let down by the banks, while bankers still pay themselves enormous salaries and bonuses.
“My bank may be tiny but it will be better than a high street bank. I want to show how banking can be socially responsible and not greedy and reckless and I’m going to do what the high street banks just can’t bring themselves to do – give away any profits to charity.”
“This is easily one of my favorite commissions,” added Jackson. “Not only does it feel like one of the most timely shows ever, Dave is a larger-than-life character who will be a really fun watch.
“I also want Dave to teach me about the world of banks, bankers and finance and in plain English show how we got into this mess but also, I hope, how we get out of it.”
In related news, C4 has commissioned a 14-part second series of 24 Hours in A&E from The Garden Productions, to air next year.
The first season, which also comprised 14 eps, aired earlier this year and was filmed in the accident and emergency department of King’s College Hospital in London, England.