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01Redundancy20101123

From the makers of the Sony award-winning Anatomy of a Car Crash, this new series dissects often-neglected everyday dramas that change ordinary lives forever.

1/3: Redundancy. The failure of the Birmingham-based manufacturer Savekers in March last year from the perspective of boardroom, back office and shopfloor. The programme hears from those at every level of the 106-year old family firm about the trauma of being in business when sales have stalled, the phones have stopped ringing and desperate suppliers are at the door chasing payment.

Managing Director Dani Saveker recalls the lonely experience of being the boss when the only remaining option is to call in the administrators and relinquish control of the family business. The official administrator traces the tough process of preparing the business for sale and choosing the employees who are to be made redundant. And long term employees recount their shock at the announcement that they would very soon be clocking off for the last time. The programme traces their unsuccessful search for new work, the financial strain of losing an income and the emotional fallout which follows when a business goes under.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Dissecting the impact of the failure of Birmingham-based manufacturer Savekers in 2009.

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02Mental Illness

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03A House Fire

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03 LASTA House Fire20101130

From the makers of the Sony award-winning Anatomy of a Car Crash, the last in this new series dissecting often neglected everyday dramas that change ordinary lives forever.

When Clive Tempest and his daughter Sarah set off from their Gloucestershire home on Halloween almost eighteen months ago to visit their sister who was in hospital, it seemed perfectly natural to leave Anna Tempest at home with a fire burning in the grate. How could they know that ancient timbers embedded in the chimney fabric would choose that night to ignite? They returned to find flames leaping from their 17th century home. Anna was safe and fire-fighters at work, but the damage, already evident, was only beginning.

The family, fire crew and those who assessed the damage talk about that evening and the weeks and months that followed as they tried to move on from the catastrophe that had engulfed them. They recall the slow process leading to the rebuilding of the family home and coming to terms with the losses both real and intangible that the fire caused.

Producer: Tom Alban.

A family involved in a house fire reveal the immediate and lasting impact on their lives.

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03 LASTA House Fire20101207From the makers of the Sony award-winning Anatomy of a Car Crash, the last in this new series dissecting often neglected everyday dramas that change ordinary lives forever.

When Clive Tempest and his daughter Sarah set off from their Gloucestershire home on Halloween almost eighteen months ago to visit their sister who was in hospital, it seemed perfectly natural to leave Anna Tempest at home with a fire burning in the grate. How could they know that ancient timbers embedded in the chimney fabric would choose that night to ignite? They returned to find flames leaping from their 17th century home. Anna was safe and fire-fighters at work, but the damage, already evident, was only beginning.

The family, fire crew and those who assessed the damage talk about that evening and the weeks and months that followed as they tried to move on from the catastrophe that had engulfed them. They recall the slow process leading to the rebuilding of the family home and coming to terms with the losses both real and intangible that the fire caused.

Producer: Tom Alban.

A family involved in a house fire reveal the immediate and lasting impact on their lives.

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