Here is what Firefly say about the programmes:
“This series highlights a nationwide debt crisis. Official figures show that the number of people going bankrupt in England and Wales has hit another record high during the first three months of 2005. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, the number of individual bankruptcies reached 10,091 – 24.5% higher than a year ago and up 2.8% on the previous quarter.
The purpose of the series is to raise awareness about family debt and provide viewers with a valuable and educational insight into the changes forced upon families experiencing financial strife – and how they might overcome these challenges. With a growing number of people experiencing financial difficulties, we want the series to reach out to the many viewers who might have found themselves in similar circumstances. We hope to show how people are able to recover from these problems.
So, we are looking to talk to families currently in the midst of financial upheaval or on the brink of a financial crisis. We are interesting in hearing about a wide range of experiences – it does not matter how people have reached crisis point, be it due to redundancy, illness, accidents, or business difficulties.
We are specifically looking for cases which are happening now, in which changes will take place over the coming months. – At this stage we are still researching families for the series. We would like to talk to as many people as possible, and it is important that they should know that in talking to us, they are not in any way obliged to take part. It’s just a chat. Any decisions about filming are a while away.
We are making two films, each with one family. It would involve being filmed by a director with a small handheld camera and possibly an other person to assist. In previous experiences, participants have found taking part in a documentary of this nature, a cathartic and helpful experience.
If you want to get in touch with the producer, Jo Terry, you can email her here.