Episode 1

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Episode 1 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

Four privileged young ladies swap their affluent lives down south for ten days of living on the breadline in the north. Steph, Fi, Lucy and Fiona are posh and pampered with virtually no experience of life at the other end of the social spectrum. Nor have any of them have ever ventured north before - or grappled with the Geordie accent.

In this first episode, the girls move into an ex-council house in one of the most disadvantaged wards in the city, Walker. Here unemployment is almost three times the national average and more than half its children are classed as living in poverty.

The girls immerse themselves in (what is to them) an alien and unfamiliar world and hand over their credit cards to live on the equivalent of jobseeker's allowance. Their guides are four local women, Shauna, Lyndsey, Makylea and Kimberley who educate the southerners in the harsh realities of living with little money. But the experience turns out to be a whole lot harder than they'd ever imagined.

  • Geordie Language Lesson 1

    Ya knaa what ah mean leik – you know what I mean like?

    Aa aa nowt – I own nothing

    Ne bother – no trouble

    A wad a thowt se – I would have thought so

    Charver – chav

    Half nowt – almost nothing

    I’m clamming – I’m hungry/thirsty

    The bairn’s all hacky from larking in the clarts – the child’s all dirty from playing in the mud.

Credits

Executive Producer
Lucy Hetherington
Executive Producer
Lucy Hetherington
Executive Producer
Lucy Hetherington
Director
Chris Harries
Director
Chris Harries
Director
Chris Harries
Series Producer
Livia Russell
Series Producer
Livia Russell
Series Producer
Livia Russell

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