Greg James: Why I'm proud of Young, Jobless and Living at Home
The people involved in the show were fantastic and all made my job very easy. Well, apart from when I had to drive Leon to his job interview and he was already an hour late. Or perhaps when we had to hide round the corner so that his mum didn't see us because she still hadn't worked out that Leon had been fired from his job. Becca and Dan are a great couple - we had an interesting night shoot with that lot where we were all a bit tired and grumpy (which comes across in the show) when we were trekking to the supermarket to do the weekly shop. We got there to realise that no money had been put into their account. A wasted trip. Punam and her family are a delight and I think I've been adopted by her dad as he shares a love of cricket.
When I met 22 year old graduate Jasper, he had debts of £22, 000 and he was trying to make it in the music industry. He had a tough but fascinating journey to get there and you can watch some of it here:
As you can see from that clip, Jasper also had a great collection of old records - one of which I borrowed to use for my show. I've just realised I haven't given it back to him yet. Sorry Jasper. And James and Chelsea are so lovely - I spent a fun afternoon at one of James' cooking courses making soup. I'm a terrible cook. (Probably why that footage didn't get used for the show.)
I am really proud with what we've done - we haven't unearthed any particular scandal for the front pages of the tabloids - that wasn't the aim - but what we have done is offered you a really insightful overview into the state of the job market for young people. The stories, on the whole, end happily and it won't leave you feeling depressed. But I hope you learn a bit about other people. Whether you find that you relate to them or you just realise how lucky you are. There's something for everyone. I didn't want to make a 'isn't everything depressing' programme - neither did I want to make a sunny and fake 'happily ever after' one. What we've made is honest and real. And I hope you enjoy it. Do let me know what you think...add your comment.
Greg James presents Young, Jobless and Living at Home tonight at 9pm.