Diamond: The Second Cut

All of the main UK broadcasters – BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Viacom/Channel 5 – welcome the publication of this second Diamond report by the CDN. We would like to thank the 18,500 people working on our productions, on and off screen, who submitted their data to Diamond last year, contributing to a steady increase in the numbers of individual contributions.

Increasing response rates will help broadcasters focus their efforts to improve diversity so we urge everyone in the industry, from A-list stars to production team runners, to submit their diversity data to Diamond when requested. All five broadcasters remain committed to working closely with the CDN to make Diamond a success as we strive to reflect the diversity of the UK on and off screen.

Read the report

Help and advice

Finding a reputable tradesperson can be a tricky and sometimes daunting process.

On this page you will find general advice and links to organisations that can help you to avoid the rogues.

General Advice

  • Word of mouth – where possible always try to ask friends and family for recommendations.
  • Get multiple quotes – don’t ask for work to be carried out until you’ve had at least three written quotes.
  • Pay on completion – only pay for the work once you are happy with it. Get a neighbour, friend or relative to look at the completed work to confirm it’s been carried out with reasonable care.
  • Check references – where possible, ask the trader for references and check online review sites.

For more information follow these links:




If YOU ever need a locksmith – remember:

  • Ideally use one recommended by friends or family.
  • Check references.
  • Read online reviews carefully.
  • Get a clear explanation of how the company charges before they turn up.

If YOU want to avoid ending up on a Suckers List – remember:

  • Say ‘no’ to unwanted, uninvited telephone callers.
  • Do not buy services or goods from uninvited doorstep sales people.
  • Be wise to postal scams. No legal company will ask for money to claim a prize.
  • Be wise to rogue traders. Too good to be true offers probably are.
  • Don’t feel pressured to make a decision. Remember you can always say ‘no’, or say you need advice first.
  • Keep personal details safe. They could be used fraudulently in the wrong hands.
  • Research the credentials of the company. Be certain they’re not bogus.
  • Talk to someone you trust if you’re suspicious.
  • Report a scam. Help expose the criminals.
  • Be online savvy. Check who you’re communicating with online.
  • Know you are not alone. Anyone can be a victim, report it and get the right support.


How to avoid rogue traders

For further information and help with finding a trader, the following organisations provide help and advice:


How to report rogue traders

To report a rogue trader visit the following:

Help the Animals at Christmas


This Christmas be part of something special!

Help the Animals at Christmas, is a star-studded entertainment extravaganza that will be broadcast live on Friday 21st December at 8pm, to help raise awareness and much-needed funds for animals in need of treatment or help.

This will be the first ever UK TV event raising funds and awareness for UK animal welfare, highlighting the work of five amazing British animal charities.

Please help us support the vital activities of UK animal welfare charitable organisations including the type of work carried out by our nominated 5 animal charities:


While there is a little while to go until our live show on Friday, 21st December, the good news is that you can join in right now!


You can support our appeal now and donate.

Every pound generously donated by the public goes towards supporting UK animal welfare charities. All administrative costs are covered by sponsorship and gift aid. Please note that subject to which online donation platform is used, credit or debit card transaction fees may be deducted from your donation at source by the provider.

We’re also accepting donations by SMS. If you would like to donate, you have the option to donate £5, £10 or £20. It’s easy to donate:

  • Text HELP20 to 70028 to donate £20 – £20 could help deliver a lifesaving operation for an abandoned donkey.
  • Text HELP10 to 70028 to donate £10 – £10 could treat a sick hedgehog
  • Text HELP5 to 70028 to donate £5 – £5 could help pay for special milk to hand feed an orphaned kitten

All texts will also incur 1 message charged at standard rate network. Please obtain permission from the bill payer before sending a text message. If you are under 16 years old, you must have your parent or guardian’s permission to send a text donation to us.

No VAT will be charged on your donation.

Read our Help the Animals at Christmas Terms and Conditions.



Get involved

Download our Help The Animals 2018 Fundraising Pack, full of exciting ideas of how you can raise money.

Take part in our official fundraising activities.

At home, at your school or in your office:

  • Organise a bake sale
  • Organise a charity football match
  • Dress up as your favourite animal for a day and much more!



Don’t forget: Help the Animals at Christmas, 8pm Friday 21st December on Channel 5.


Help the Animals at Christmas is the working name of Maecenas, registered charity no.1132363 (England and Wales); Maecenas is a company limited by guarantee (company no. 06972470), registered office 50 Broadway London SW1H 0BL.


Help the Animals: BTR Liverpool Santa Dash 2018

Help The Animals at Christmas is delighted to partner with the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash 2018 as our official fundraising event!

Participants are invited to support the charity campaign by taking part in the UK’s biggest festive 5K fun run on Sunday 2nd December and raise cash while they dash.

Up to 10,000 Santas dashing round Liverpool city centre is a spectacular sight, starting at 9.30am at Pier Head and a finish line at Liverpool Town Hall with ‘real snow’ and festive characters. Youngsters also have their very own 1K Mini Dash. There is also a virtual run option for anyone who would like to get involved but cannot be there in person on the day.

Want to get involved? Sign up now at the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash website.

Take part

There’s a war going on in Britain.  All across the country, motorists, councils and private parking companies are fighting each other over one simple thing: parking. In our small, over populated country, 38 million cars are in a daily battle for just 8 million parking spaces.

Nothing makes Britons angrier than parking: we are spending more on it than ever, with a record number of tickets being issued and a record number of appeals against them being made.

Plimsoll Productions are looking for new parking stories to feature in the series.

If you have a current parking story that you would like to share with us, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

Email info@Parkinghell.com.

Billionaires: Teens & Kids – Take part

Channel 5 is looking for the UK’s luckiest kids and teens for a popular documentary series.

Are you a high-flying, fast-living teenager with a taste for the good life?

Are you parents who are not shy about the extraordinary experiences and unique gifts you share as a family?

If you’re any of the above, organising an exclusive event, planning an exotic holiday or simply living a luxury lifestyle, we want to hear from you!

If putting a smile on your kid’s face really is priceless, then get in touch: kids@elephanthousestudios.com