Episode 2

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Duration: 1 hour

Five become four in the second part of this documentary exploring homelessness in Britain. Beaten by the whole experience of living rough in London, the Marquis of Blandford quits for the home comforts of Blenheim Palace on day three.

Rosie Boycott, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Annabel Croft and Bruce Jones have been stripped of all their money and personal possessions and are experiencing life on the streets first hand. They've slept in doorways, queued at soup kitchens and begged for spare change. They are tired, emotional, dirty and hungry, and now they're seeing life from the perspective of a homeless buddy.

The strain is beginning to show as the lack of sleep, food and no longer being treated like a human being starts to take its toll, causing clashes, tears and full-blown arguments.

After a gruelling few days living rough with their homeless buddies, the four are finally sent to live in different hostels in London and Glasgow, and discover a more frightening and intimidating environment than the streets. Annabel hangs out with former gang members at a young persons' hostel, Bruce witnesses the harsh reality of alcoholism when he stays in a wet hostel, Hardeep struggles to cope with living with hardened drug addicts in his hometown of Glasgow, and Rosie experiences loneliness when she moves into a tiny room in a women's hostel.

The physical and emotional experience of ten days on the streets has challenged their prejudices and preconceptions of homelessness and the different reasons and circumstances that leave someone without the home life or locked doors that we take for granted. But will it change their attitudes beyond the programme when they return to the comfort and safety of their old lives?

Credits

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Annabel Croft
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Hardeep Kohli
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Rosie Boycott
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Bruce Jones
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Marquis of Blandford
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John Bird
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Craig Last

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