White Van Man

Series 1 - Episode 3

Episode 3

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East Londoner Jim has a deep affection for his Ford Transit, even if it proves less than reliable at times. "It's beaten to buggery but it does its job," he reflects. Having been a welder since the 1970s, Jim is facing his second recession. However, his economic situation is much more comfortable than it was in the 1980s, and he now lives in the suburbs with his wife, daughter and large collection of pets. He still has to graft hard though, and has recently branched out into buying and fixing up discarded items.

Jim is given the job of dismantling an old funeral home, with part of his payment being two coffins – one of which has been used. "You never know when you might be needing them!" Jim says, although it is unclear what he has planned for the caskets. Later he picks up a motor scooter for £50, although he cannot see the appeal of the mopeds himself. After spending £15 on repairs, he sells the scooter for a tidy £400. With profits from this and several other ventures, he takes the family on a mini break to the Spanish coast. However, while Jim wants to sunbathe, wife Di wants to go shopping.

In the West Midlands, Roop and his family run a food delivery company, supplying shops with homecooked ready meals. Having owned a shop for 28 years, the family launched its empire in 2004 and is slowly building up a curry brand. Roop's clan now supplies over 400 shops in the area, but the recession has meant some family members work seven days a week with no direct pay. Roop himself works 12-hour days and drives over 600 miles a week, with no navigation tools. "Satnavs are for girls," he says. After a particularly hectic delivery run, Roop finds himself running dangerously late. Will he be able to finish in time to fulfil the company’s orders?

Elsewhere this week, Chris Gander, a former IT installer who recently started his own window-cleaning company, gets a job on the domed roof of Madame Tussauds in London. Meticulous about health and safety laws, Chris and his apprentice Wally eventually take twice as long as expected to complete their job. Have they risked the wrath of a big client through their slowness?

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