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Four celebrities continue to learn about the realities of unemployment as they move in with an unemployed buddy, and try to motivate them to go out and find work.

Four celebrities continue to learn about the realities of unemployment as they move in with an unemployed buddy in the second part of this documentary, which explores joblessness in moden Britain.

Larry Lamb, Diarmuid Gavin, Emma Parker Bowles and Meg Matthews have been stripped of all their money, clothes and personal possessions, and are experiencing what it's like to be out of work and out of money.

The four travel to Yate, Bury, Wilmslow and Wolverhampton to live with people who are experiencing life without a job and without much prospect of one. Their aim is to try and encourage their new friends to go out and find work. How do they help their buddies, and how successful are they?

Diarmiud moves in to the six-bedroom house of benefits family Eddy, Christina and their five kids. But he lasts less than a few hours before moving into a local Bury hotel. Meg inspires reformed ex-con Nick from Wolverhampton to ignore the stream of job rejections and find confidence to keep looking for work opportunities.

Larry turns relationship counsellor and recruitment advisor in an attempt to help recently-unemployed former sales manager Mark from Wilmslow get out of his depression and back into employment. And Emma spends four days looking for jobs for 22-year-old single mum Louise from Yate, near Bristol.

The physical and emotional experience of the last eight days has challenged their prejudices and preconceptions of joblessness, and the different reasons and circumstances that leave someone without a job 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?

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Sat 22 May 2010 03:10

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Role Contributor
Participant Larry Lamb
Participant Diarmuid Gavin
Executive Producer Elliot Reed