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Duration: 1 hour

Filmed over one summer, this documentary follows three very different teenage girls all on the cusp of adulthood and dealing with the pressures of growing up with one similarity - they are all surviving on under a tenner a day.

For Bridie, her hopes of joining the army hinge on her staying out of trouble with the police, but when they patrol your area and things are always kicking off, this is easier said than done.

Amber is 16 and pregnant. She's fortunate that her mum is there to support her, but nonetheless scraping money together for all that she needs is a daunting task, quite apart from the prospect of motherhood.

Like so many British teenagers affected by the recession Shelby was on jobseeker's allowance, but she's determined to find a job. Currently completing a work placement, she desperately hopes it will develop into a real job.

Each of the girls lets us into their world and we witness them trying to make their dreams come true.

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Executive Producer
Brian Woods
Executive Producer
Brian Woods
Executive Producer
Brian Woods


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