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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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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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