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The Secret Millions TX: 21 Apr 2013, Week 17

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Channel 4 and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) have joined forces in the channel’s largest ever TV giveaway. As part of a major new series, £10 million is available to back radical ideas tackling some of Britain’s big issues. Five-part series The Secret Millions builds on the legacy of The Secret Millionaire and takes the format to a new level – working with an enthusiastic and experienced team of Channel 4 experts. Gok Wan, Katie Piper, Jimmy Doherty, Dave Fishwick and George Clarke help a range of charities develop innovative and ground-breaking projects that could have profound, positive effects for those in need. Meanwhile, they are secretly trying to secure £2 million of Lottery money that could turn the big idea into reality.

In 2011, Channel 4 teamed up with the Big Lottery Fund to ask the nation to decide which five themes were their priorities for funding during the current financial climate. The results were used by BIG to decide which five exciting and innovative projects across the UK should get a total of £10 million of Lottery money.

Each week, The Secret Millions will follow a celebrity working with a charity on the front line to test out a bold idea dealing with big social issues. From a radical approach to turning ex-prisoners’ lives around, to getting unemployed young people trained up and fit for work – the projects could bring new thinking to big problems and change lives. The people they work with have no idea that behind the scenes the Big Lottery Fund are assessing the project throughout and that the experts are working with the charity bosses in hopes of convincing BIG to give away millions of pounds to turn the project into a reality. If they are successful, the celebrities will reveal the secret millions at exciting and emotional surprise events.

Over the weeks, the cameras follow the hard work, the emotional strains and the exhilarating moments. Throughout, the charities, beneficiaries and Channel 4 faces learn to work together on these innovative ideas – providing emotional support, a better future or a second chance to those in need.

Prod Cos: RDF Television, Twenty Twenty

Exec Prods: Tayte Simpson, Meredith Chambers

Comm Ed: Anna Miralis

Episode 5/5 (Gok Wan), Sunday 28th April, 8pm, Channel 4

Channel 4 and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) have joined forces in the Channel's largest ever TV giveaway: £10 million has been made available to back radical ideas tackling some of Britain's big issues. This brand-new five-part documentary series follows five Channel 4 faces as they work with charities on the frontline developing innovative and ground-breaking projects that could have profound, positive effects for those in need, while secretly trying to help secure £2 million of Lottery money that could turn the big idea into reality.

In the fifth and final episode, Gok Wan teams up with Kids Company, who work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, offering them emotional, educational and practical support. Kids Company has 17,000 of London’s most vulnerable young people on its books and 84% of them arrive homeless. Gok is deeply shocked seeing the reality of daily life for some Kids Company students – from living in squalid conditions, to parents being murdered, finding themselves homeless at a young age.

Getting work for young people is extremely tough in the current climate but Kids Company believe they have a solution which combines training with their own brand of unique support – a pioneering course aimed at getting some of the most challenging young people into work.

Gok’s successful career belies his difficult and troubled teenage years growing up struggling with his weight, experiencing bullying and getting involved in anti-social behaviour. The charity’s founder Camila Batmanghelidjh tasks him with teaching a crash course in fashion to inspire the young people, whilst Kids Company deal with the students' major behavioural issues. Alongside Kids Company key workers, Gok has a week to teach the trainees self-discipline and skills for the workplace whilst creating a range of T-shirts as a pilot social enterprise.

Trainees like these struggle to get work as their behaviour could see them being kicked off normal training. Getting them to even show up on the first day is tough but Gok isn’t prepared for some explosive clashes that follow, as their project hangs in the balance. With the Big Lottery Fund secretly monitoring their progress, Gok is praying the team can pull together and help prove, unknowingly, that their enterprise is worth £2m of Lottery funding.

Episode 4/5 (Katie Piper), Sunday 14th April, 8pm, Channel 4

Channel 4 and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) have joined forces in the Channel's largest ever TV giveaway: £10 million has been made available to back radical ideas tackling some of Britain's big issues. This brand-new five-part documentary series follows five Channel 4 faces as they work with charities on the frontline developing innovative and ground-breaking projects that could have profound, positive effects for those in need, while secretly trying to help secure £2 million of Lottery money that could turn the big idea into reality.

Ninety percent of prisoners serving a short sentence are repeat offenders. After being released from prison, having a job is one of the most significant factors in preventing reoffending. But a criminal record makes finding work extremely difficult for many. In the fourth episode, Katie Piper has been asked to work with Acumen Trust - a charity helping to rehabilitate prisoners.

Acumen currently run a carpentry workshop in Durham prison but have the novel idea of expanding the project and setting it up for ex-offenders as they’re released; manufacturing and marketing high-end furniture and ultimately stopping them reoffending. The business would be run and staffed by ex-offenders, guaranteeing them employment on release from prison.

As a high profile victim of crime herself, Katie faces a personal challenge reconciling her emotions about both punishing and supporting prisoners. But she is determined to use her experiences to help those people trying to make the best of their lives after their sentences.

Working with a local community centre in their warehouse and one of their key volunteers, Pamela, helping to find new recruits from the local area, Katie gets the group started producing a beautiful home furniture and accessories set, based around the design of a prison bench. The participants talk frankly and often emotionally about how tough life is after prison – battling the temptation to revert to old habits with jobs out of reach and lack of confidence in the future. Katie finds herself much more invested than she expected, but as she says, it’s secretly really the Big Lottery Fund’s opinion that counts. At the end of the project, will they have helped proved this is a worthy endeavour?

Episode 3/5 (Dave Fishwick), Sunday 7th April, 8pm, Channel 4

Channel 4 and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) have joined forces in the Channel's largest ever TV giveaway: £10 million has been made available to back radical ideas tackling some of Britain's big issues. This brand-new five-part documentary series follows five Channel 4 faces as they work with charities on the frontline developing innovative and ground-breaking projects that could have profound, positive effects for those in need, while secretly trying to help secure £2 million of Lottery money that could turn the big idea into reality.

With youth nearly 1 million people under 25 not in work, job centres are failing to engage young people with the idea of finding a job. But what if the job centre was reinvented by young people, for young people?

Straight-talking, self-made millionaire Dave Fishwick is one of the biggest suppliers of minibuses in Britain and in 2011, he took on the banking industry and successfully fought to open his own bank. Growing up in Burnley, in a poor family, Dave recalls feeling like his future prospects were written off by those around him. With a real affinity to this cause, Dave wants to help give young people self-belief and a push in the right direction towards success.

In the third episode, Secret Millions follows him and the Foyer Federation as they start a ‘Pop-up Talent Shop’, going into the heart of deprived communities. The Foyer Federation want to deal with high youth unemployment head on, and have devised a project where instead of the unemployed going to job centres, employers go to them in the setting of a pop-up talent shop – run by young people. The job shop could pop up anywhere from shopping centres, to community centres or even on the streets. Designed to encourage young people into the work place, often away from crime, the shop introduces local employers to people they would never normally consider hiring. Young people from challenging backgrounds would help devise, design and run the job shop. Like a travelling circus, it would move into the community to attract the young people and to have a go at different jobs.

Meeting young people living in some of the the Foyer Federation’s homeless hostels, Dave is looking for those with a strong work ethic to create and run the new job centre. Dave’s unbridled enthusiasm isn’t always met with the same positive attitude, with some using any excuse to avoid working.

The aim is to inspire unemployed youths coming into the centre and secure work placements with employers. As the Talent Shop opens, their efforts have to pay off and impress the local businesses into offering work to interested youths. At the end of the project, once the doors are closed, can Dave and the charity bosses convince the Big Lottery Fund to back the Talent Shop all the way?

Episode 2/5 (Jimmy Doherty), Sunday 24 March, 8pm, Channel 4

Channel 4 and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) have joined forces in the Channel's largest ever TV giveaway: £10 million has been made available to back radical ideas tackling some of Britain's big issues. This brand-new five-part documentary series follows five Channel 4 faces as they work with charities on the frontline developing innovative and ground-breaking projects that could have profound, positive effects for those in need, while secretly trying to help secure £2 million of Lottery money that could turn the big idea into reality.

In this episode Jimmy Doherty helps test a radical new way of helping young disabled people and their families.

The idea of the project is to use a stay on a farm, to not only give them a break but also tackle issues in the family. Jimmy’s own farm is open to the public, and he’s seen first-hand the powerful effect it can have on people. Together with the Papworth Trust, a charity that helps support disabled people and their families, he plans to use Jimmy’s Farm to test a new way of giving families with disabled children a break.

Jimmy volunteers at one of the Papworth Trust Youth Clubs, which has activities for disabled children, enabling parents to have few hours to themselves. While there, he’ll be looking for families who might benefit from a stay on the farm.

But what no one else knows is that there’s plenty at stake. If Jimmy and the people he meets can prove the trial works, it could help convince The Big Lottery Fund to give £2 million to make the idea a reality. As the project develops, Jimmy begins to look at disability in a totally different way. But have they done enough to secure the funding?

Episode 1/5 (George Clarke), Sunday 17 March, 8pm, Channel 4

Channel 4 and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) have joined forces in the Channel's largest ever TV giveaway: £10 million has been made available to back radical ideas tackling some of Britain's big issues. This brand-new five-part documentary series follows five Channel 4 faces as they work with charities on the frontline developing new projects, while secretly trying to help secure £2 million of Lottery money that could turn the big idea into reality.

From a radical approach to turning ex-prisoners' lives around, to getting unemployed young people trained up and fit for work, the projects could bring new thinking to big problems and change lives. Gok Wan, Katie Piper, Jimmy Doherty, Dave Fishwick and George Clarke help a range of charities develop innovative and ground-breaking projects that could have profound, positive effects for those in need.

Architect George Clark has recently been fighting a high-profile campaign about the scandal of unused property. With hundreds of thousands of long-term empty homes in the UK, it's a cause worth fighting for. Now he's about to embark on a secret mission that could make a huge difference.

He's testing an inspired idea that tackles both unemployment and empty homes, and that gives out-of-work young people the opportunity to receive training from retired builders while renovating a derelict house. It's a ground-breaking idea that comes from the charity London Youth. But there's a twist. The Big Lottery Fund is secretly watching everything that happens, and if the idea works, it could convince them to roll the scheme out with funding of nearly £2 million.

Only at the end of the project can George reveal to everyone involved whether they have won or lost the secret millions. George begins his journey as a volunteer at a youth centre. But in order to keep the trial project authentic, he can't tell anyone about the potential lottery funding.

He's looking for some young people willing to become apprentices and start work on a derelict property in the London borough of Lambeth. But with issues of gang violence and criminal records, it's not easy for George or his apprentices.

Can a team of retired builders train the apprentices and bring the generations together? With just 10 days to gut and refurbish the ground floor of the house, it's a huge challenge. And what they don't know is if they succeed, it could help convince The Big Lottery Fund to part with nearly £2 million, and transform thousands of lives.

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