Series 1 - Episode 2

Harry Middleton

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This week, we take a ride with an Essex boy racer whose girlfriend is terrified of getting in a car with him, a mother from East Sussex and a Warrington grandmother.

Harry is an architectural technician from Essex. His girlfriend Sam gives him an ultimatum: unless he sorts out his reckless driving and slows down, she is not going anywhere in a car with him. Harry takes Sam out for a drive to try to reassure her, but after committing numerous driving offences, all he succeeds in doing is terrifying her and demonstrating how much he needs professional help! His time with the pros starts badly, as he decides to show expert Sarah his usual tricks...

Another driver that gets a kick out of going fast is 23-year-old legal student and mum Stephanie. Steph’s best friend thinks that as a mother, she really should know better and set an example. Steph takes her dad out for a drive to show him how in control she is. As a driving instructor, he is horrified by what he sees and ends up pleading with his daughter to get professional help. Steph begins her two hour session with the experts by taking instructor Karen for a whirlwind spin around East Sussex. Karen quickly pulls her over and dishes out some tough love – will it be enough to turn Steph’s driving around?

Finally, there is Pat, a grandmother from Warrington who is desperate to win back her independence. Her daughter Angela ends up being more of an instructor than a passenger. Pat cannot get above fifteen miles per hour and ends up crashing her car into a pile of trolleys in a supermarket car park. Can the expert, Steven, to iron out Pat’s issues with speed and parking in two hours?

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Comments (77)

  • Chongers

    1 year ago

    Chongers

    In episode 1, why oh why was the young idiot forced to re-take his driving test???

  • dave

    1 year ago

    dave

    If its not staged then why are not the drivers up in front of a magistrate for the many laws recorded on film being broken?

  • Mike.

    1 year ago

    Mike.

    I have just been watching this episode and I cannot believe these three took and passed a Driving test; especially the old woman who who can't understand the traffic signs that where given her to look at!! She clearly cannot drive and certainly has'nt a clue what she's doing. The instructors don't seem to have much Kop either. Its definitely a put on!!!

  • Alan

    1 year ago

    Alan

    I'd just like to ask that if the cyclist at 14.30 is the same cyclist that overtook my nan (Episode removed can't see)? If so, it wasn't staged at all, I'm her grandson and was sat in the Land Rover filming... That's genuinely the speed she drives at...

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  • Alan

    2 years ago

    Alan

    X amount of time every 5 years with an instructor. Staged or not these people still give the rest of us inflated insurance premiums. Im not convinved that was Harrys yamaha either, who starts a bike and revs it like that straight away, it seems he has a complete disregard for vehicles (mechanical killing machines)

  • Alan

    2 years ago

    Alan

    Get a life Harry, you are driving a ford focus not a touring car....

  • anon

    over 2 years ago

    anon

    just seen this and truth im god smacked how these people drive. I think they shud try driving a artic on a test track, that shud give them a wake up call, the amounts of near misses ive had do to beep drivers who try to under take on roundabouts!!!

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  • Heather

    over 2 years ago

    Heather

    I love this programme, makes you aware of how you can pick up bad habits so easily and then think that this is the correct way of driving :o(

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  • Ada

    over 2 years ago

    Ada

    Harrys girlfriend is well fit!!!

  • TONY

    over 2 years ago

    TONY

    THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE MADE TO TAKE THE DRIVING TEST AGAIN

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  • Cyclist

    over 2 years ago

    Cyclist

    I am the cyclist @ 14 mins 30 seconds It's all in the edit. It did not happen the way you see it. This programme is staged... Made up... Fiction.

  • mike young

    over 2 years ago

    mike young

    i,d invite them to the local morge and show them a few motoring deaths caused by stupid drivers

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  • Jean Brown

    over 2 years ago

    Jean Brown

    It isn't staged, honest, I am in one of the episodes, not shown yet!!

  • anonymous

    over 2 years ago

    anonymous

    what is that all about bobski

  • Bobski

    over 2 years ago

    Bobski

    All this show proves is that bad driver do not believe they are bad. Until they kill themselves, someone else or grow up they will never be good drivers. I was a mobile guy for years and at first I drove worse than those guys. But experience and learning from losing control quickly made me into a half decent driver. Over 500,000 miles later and I get there quickly but without drama. I meet drivers like these all the time and all they are is an irritant. I feel I am growing up. 500,000 miles on my clock and I am getting there. Maybe they will realise in time and look back in horror at the glamorisation of their bad driving.

  • Jason

    over 2 years ago

    Jason

    I keep hearing "she/he is a different person behind the wheel". No, they are arrogant selfish people who don't care about the welfare of anyone else. This is a personality trait and has nothing to do with being behind the wheel of a car...

  • chris

    over 2 years ago

    chris

    actually yes that would be correct the are breeching hire conditions but I still really enjoy the show

  • jamie

    over 2 years ago

    jamie

    If that focus was an enterprise car would this not be evidence of breaching the terms of hire / lease. 1)smoking in the car 2) the driving standard etc. In someways i disagree with the show, sticking cameras into peoples cars is just giving them motivation to show off. If one of the participants of the show binned their car into a hedge would you have shown this footage? Rather than giving bad drivers fame.. how about looking for the drivers who already do drive at a high standard and putting them through Institute of advance motorist tests?

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  • chris

    over 2 years ago

    chris

    although love the programme.

  • chris

    over 2 years ago

    chris

    harry and stephs driving is terrible. Also I agree with tom there is a data privacy problem because I could see on the focus that it was an enterprise vehicle.

  • Tom

    over 2 years ago

    Tom

    There's a data/privacy issue here. From various hints given re. location and brief shots of street signs, then by using Google Maps and Streetview, I was able within 1 minute to find the exact house where one of them lives. They need to be careful to either blur out relevant roadsigns or be more vague about the area where someone lives because with Streetview it is so easy to find out. I found out this person's address and postcode within 60 seconds and I'm not a professional in any shape or form, someone with malice who knows what they're doing has carte blanche here.

  • john smith

    over 2 years ago

    john smith

    haha a boy racer in a ford focus... FAIL!

  • Mike

    over 2 years ago

    Mike

    as an ex driving instructor I find it difficult to believe that some of these drivers have a full uk licence. Im with glenn retest every 2 years.

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  • Ade

    over 2 years ago

    Ade

    This is such a complete set up !! What ADI in their right mind will let someone eat a bag of crisps whilst driving ? All set up for the cameras and a marketing exercise for the AA

  • Stef

    over 2 years ago

    Stef

    Why dont the police take there registrations and book them,they no were they stay.

  • anonymous

    over 2 years ago

    anonymous

    fail programme

  • K8

    over 2 years ago

    K8

    ...and i thought I drove fast (40mph on a 40 mph road now seems quite slow)! It is a combination of arrogance and immaturity for these drivers. What is sad is that this show could have had far more of an impact if they had not tried to 'glorify' these muppets and properly shock them so their illegal driving doesn't return.

  • anon

    over 2 years ago

    anon

    i have watched 15 mins of this episode 5 times already, why does it keep freezing stupid thing. bored now channel 5. won't be using the player anymore.

  • bob

    over 2 years ago

    bob

    this is great driving

  • paddy

    over 2 years ago

    paddy

    Why the fake sound effects? And to the blonde girl... RICE

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  • David

    over 2 years ago

    David

    The police should be more active in stopping these type of drivers. But I suppose they have to catch the motorists driving 3mph over the limit first

  • David

    over 2 years ago

    David

    The police should be more active in stopping these type of drivers. But I suppose they have to catch the motorists driving 3mph over the limit first

  • Anna

    over 2 years ago

    Anna

    Seat too far / too close / bad body position / leaning over steering wheel. Let's start from the basics... please

  • Martin Taylor

    over 2 years ago

    Martin Taylor

    Saw this last night and in 2 minds - if it is staged then what a waste of a great opportunity to program good material on the real impact dangers of such atrocious habits. If it is not staged what on earth are the production company doing to allow such persistently dangerous driving - god forbid an accident occurs during filming. Final point if Steph has had a number of accidents already has she informed her insurer - if she has her premium must be in the trillions - if she hasn't her insurance is invalid. If this is for real the program in this format needs to be stopped and the authorities need to take a look at the footage and take action

  • Giles (Driving Instructor)

    over 2 years ago

    Giles (Driving Instructor)

    Shame the AA instructor failed to notice that Stephanie had tucked her seat belt behind her shoulder. It's a typical trick by drivers who take risks - they don't want to wear the belt, but for a following Police car the belt looks like its being worn. That's a Part 3 fail for the instructor :-(

  • Leanne

    over 2 years ago

    Leanne

    I'm learning to drive and I can honestly say that my drving is 10 times better than these lunatic drivers featured on this programme!

  • Richard Kennedy

    over 2 years ago

    Richard Kennedy

    Too much focus on the bad driving and not enough on shocking these idiots into changing they're terrible habits. Well done C5 for giving these people their 15 minutes of fame. Also, too many post edit sound effects (screeching tyres etc). Generally poor TV

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  • Steve

    over 2 years ago

    Steve

    I cannot believe the complete and utter disregard for other road users by some young drivers. I'm 24 and would never dream of driving the way that some of the people featured on this program have. It's people like that who make our insurance premiums so high.

  • Shayn

    over 2 years ago

    Shayn

    It wont let me see both episodes...WHY!!!

  • Andrew

    over 2 years ago

    Andrew

    Steph well done on your change in your driving .Just remember kids tend to mimic there parents .So you don't want young Scott to grow up and end up driving like you did . Again well done please keep it up for your sake and little Scott..

  • Andrew

    over 2 years ago

    Andrew

    Just a question on the driving skills in this programme for anyone to answer for me .How is it that people who get filmed driving crazy and dangerous on youtube get convicted yet nothing will happen to the drivers in this show?

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  • Biker Joe

    over 2 years ago

    Biker Joe

    Im a biker too and i agree with you.. TERRIBLE driving.. What are the police doing ?? nothing..... Its terrible it really is !

  • Simon

    over 2 years ago

    Simon

    This episode has only confirmed my initial suspicion that the whole show is staged.

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  • Glenn Hughes

    over 2 years ago

    Glenn Hughes

    Tip of the iceberg though. Abandon road tax and have compulsory retest every 2 years will really get these 'bad' drivers either off the road. I find the flippant attitude of this programme somewhat revolting

  • Jan

    over 2 years ago

    Jan

    well said mary, i had just said the same to my hubby, she doesn't need retraining she just needs to take her foot off the gas ... and she knows it, plus wear her seatbeat correctly

  • Carl

    over 2 years ago

    Carl

    Well said Mary

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  • Jan

    over 2 years ago

    Jan

    why hasn't the instructor pointed out to Steph that she isn't wearing her seatbelt properly!!!!

  • Carl

    over 2 years ago

    Carl

    Whats the point on commenting if everything controversial we say gets removed well done channel 5 your turning into the BBC!!!!!

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  • Carl

    over 2 years ago

    Carl

    If he gets on that R1 he WILL kill himself

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  • Dr Fox

    over 2 years ago

    Dr Fox

    I have to say, I know Harry and he is the best driver he knows.

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