Britain's Biggest Hoarders: Follow up series

Thursday 2 August 2012, 19:09

Jasmine Harman Jasmine Harman Presenter

I was amazed and humbled by the incredible response to the documentaries which I presented My Hoarder Mum And Me and Britain's Biggest Hoarders.

On the post I wrote for the TV blog it was truly eye-opening for me to read so many tales of people in similar situations and to feel that by sharing our own stories we'd been able to reach out to others and open the lid on this secretive condition in order for it to become better understood.

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Jasmine meets hoarder Allan and wife Marion in Britain's Biggest Hoarders

Some of the audience comments on the previous blog post really touched me, like this from Kay:

"I don't quite know where to begin to express all that I have felt watching this programme and the peace that has come from feelings about "not being the only one"."

And this from Alex:

"My brother was a hoarder and he eventually died through self neglect and the appalling conditions he lived in. He was only 50."

It's heartbreaking but the fact that so many people came forward to say "I'm struggling too!" has highlighted what I already suspected: that my family is not alone in dealing with this.

It's inspired me to help more people and allow them to tell their stories as part of a new documentary series being made for BBC One about hoarding.

My mum's battle with hoarding is ongoing and although she now has a lot more space there is still plenty left to do and we are chipping away at it, little by little.

It took her more than 50 years to get to this stage and we've learned that a quick fix doesn't work in the long run. I feel that sensitive and sympathetic support is the only way forward.

Jasmine Harman with her mum Vasoulla Savvidou at Vasoulla's home

Jasmine Harman with her mum Vasoulla in Britain's Biggest Hoarders

I am so proud to be able to help others through my own experiences with mum.

If you live with this problem and you're battling to get the help you need or you want to tell your story, I would love to hear from you.

The independent production company Twofour (who made the first two programmes) are now making the new series on hoarding for BBC One.

The title of the series isn't decided yet but there will be three hour-long episodes.

UPDATE May 2013: Twofour have now found all the contributors to the series. Britain's Biggest Hoarders was broadcast on BBC One starting 9 May.

Jasmine Harman is the presenter of Britain's Biggest Hoarders and My Hoarder Mum And Me.

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    Comment number 1.

    Hi Jasmine,I have personal experience of hoarding & the effects it can have on lives .

    I watch your programmes on the subject & I am absolutely rapt from beginning to end & I SO identify with a lot of the personality traits shown by your subjects.

    The overriding emotion for me though is that I want to help in some way.I am NOT trying to get on TV -I just want to work in this field in some capacity.

    Do you have any info that you could share so that I could maybe become an organiser or helper in some way?(I am resident in Warwickshire).


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    Comment number 2.

    I have just watched the first programme (pre recorded because I have been away). I can only commend Jasmine on her sensitive and practical approach. I wanted to watch the following programmes but am disappointed not to have found them on I player. I thought I could have relied on it. I know it is not the sort of 'mindless' stuff that is generally repeated so I will not now get the chance, but this sort of programme is tough watching (and making, I am sure)... I would like to congratulate the makers.. Certainly the first episode was handled well.

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    Comment number 3.

    Thank you both Karen and clintlodge for your comments, I'm really pleased that you liked them and I felt the documentaries were realistic and sensitively made. The website may be a way to help people by offering support and advice on the member's forum.
    I'm sorry you were not able to find the subsequent documentaries on iplayer. I think content only stays on there for 7 days and then disappears.
    I have once again been absolutely overwhelmed by the supportive and understanding reaction to the documentaries and I hope that some of the stigma associated with hoarding has been reduced.
    Thanks again for your comments. warm wishes, Jasmine


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