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Skint. ( a BBC TV programme ) by johnnythemonkey on 15 January 2009 2:32am
It's a programme that features folk on the bottom rung of society and how they cope with life. One of the characters featured is Vernon Burgess and the first of the new series focussed on him. He is a loveable type of guy but sometimes I could hug him and at other times I could strangle him. I say the latter because I'm trying to impose values and intellect on a guy who has had a breakdown and admirably struggles on. He does anything to earn a crust, from busking to selling the 'Big Issue' but is deeply in debt but can't stop making senseless purchases !
Anyway, what touched me about the programme was that Vernon has a benefactor who had seen him on TV and sympathised with his plight. It's comforting to know that such nice people exist. In one of the scenes in the prog, we see Vernon proudly showing us his fridge and even his cups and bowls and telling us that 'Gemma' sent them for him. His gratitude was obvious. This woman Gemma however, goes one step further and has groceries delivered to Vernon once a week from one of the big supermarkets and it was touching to see Vernon's delight at their arrival and wonder how Gemma knew that he'd ran out of shower gel !
My point, I suppose, is that although I may watch and sympathise with the plight of people on such programmes, someone else is prepared to make sure that the life of even only one individual is changed. I feel humble.
Re: Skint. ( a BBC TV programme ) by Spursfan on 15 January 2009 10:05am
I haven't seen it but it does warm the heart to hear about such people as 'Gemma'. Thank goodness for people like her.

Re: Skint. ( a BBC TV programme ) by ecstatic on 15 January 2009 9:43pm
I was touched too and humbled. I hope that maybe someone will contact the BBC to help with his debts too. I think her name was 'Jenny' though? Regardless I'm glad she was moved enough by his story to help him as he seems like a good lad deep down. Spursfan you can still see it on the iplayer for a few days I think http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00gtfzm/Skint_Debt_Special/
Re: Skint. ( a BBC TV programme ) by johnnythemonkey on 15 January 2009 11:47pm
You're probably right with 'Jenny'. You must admit that the Birmingham accent is'nt the easiest in the world to understand !

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