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The Secret Millionaire

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Millionaire benefactors say goodbye to their luxury lifestyles and go undercover in deprived areas to find out who needs their help

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Millionaire benefactors say goodbye to their luxury lifestyles and go undercover in deprived areas to find out who needs their help

  • Tony Banks

    Tony Banks

    Tony Banks' business empire is worth an estimated £50m. He leaves it behind to adopt a secret identity in Liverpool, but struggles with the realities of life on Anfield's tough streets.

  • The Secret Millionaire

    David King

    David King is one of the world's most successful international theatre producers. He leaves his showbiz lifestyle to go undercover in Leeds, looking for people he may be able to help. He's known in his industry for his no-nonsense approach, but nothing could have prepared him for the shocking event that takes place on The Secret Millionaire.

  • Andrew Feldman

    At 24, world-famous poker player Andrew Feldman is the youngest ever secret millionaire. He goes undercover in Bradford where he faces up to the impact of his career on his life and family.

  • Philip Johnston

    Philip Johnston was given up for adoption when he was six weeks old. He goes undercover in Swansea, where there's been a 55% increase in the number of children taken into care in 10 years.

  • Bobby Dudani

    Damage to Bobby Dudani's Computer Exchange shops in the 2011 riots cost him hundreds of thousands of pounds. Bobby visits Croydon, which was hard hit by the riots, to find people to help.

  • Carol Hayes

    Millionaire Carol Hayes is a London-based agent representing celebrities such as Gok Wan and Arlene Phillips. But Carol leaves the glamour of showbiz behind when she travels to East Glasgow's desolate Easterhouse Estate, one of the most deprived areas in the UK, where life expectancy is just 54 in some places.

    Carol finds charities she really cares about, and she throws herself into volunteering for organisations that help local kids and people with early stage dementia. The people she meets help the tough businesswoman get in touch with her softer side.

  • Arfan Razak

    Arfan Razak runs one of the most successful Indian restaurants in the country. He goes undercover in Oxford, where a quarter of the population suffer significant financial hardship. The experience leads him to question his family priorities.

  • The Secret Millionaire: Matthew Newbury

    Matthew Newbury

    Matthew Newbury, who lost a leg when he was 15, is undercover at charities working with disability

  • Mike Holland

    Self-made millionaire Mike Holland goes undercover in Grimsby, where the organisations he works with help him deal with tragedy from his own family past.

  • Charles Allen

    Charles Allen

    Charles Allen has been Chief Executive of ITV and Chair of EMI; he's on the board of Tesco and Virgin Media, and the Olympic Committee for 2012. Now, he goes undercover in Leeds.

  • Mike Greene

    Mike Greene is a self-made millionaire who attributes his success to starting work at the age of seven. He returns to his home town, Peterborough, to see if he can change other young lives.

  • Dr Chai Patel

    Dr Chai Patel used to own the Priory Clinic, the centre often associated with celebrity rehab. Chai goes undercover as a doctor in Sheffield, to help people at the opposite end of society.

  • Lee Stafford

    Lee Stafford, one of Britain's most successful celebrity hairdressers, goes undercover in Salford, where his experiences help him come to terms with his mother's cancer and his brother's brain damage.

  • The Secret Millionaire: Edward Douglas-Miller

    Edward Douglas-Miller

    Inventor Edward Douglas-Miller had a privileged start in life but suffered tragedy when one of his daughters died at two days old. Undercover in Norwich, he meets people overcoming trauma.

  • Ivan Massow

    When Ivan Massow started work as a 17-year-old insurance clerk, he spotted a gap in the gay market. It has made him a multi-millionaire. Ivan goes undercover in Edinburgh's Pilton Estate.

  • Adee Phelan

    Forty-year-old celebrity hairdresser Adee Phelan shot to fame after giving David Beckham his iconic World Cup Mohican. A decade on, Adee has his own international product range, an exclusive salon in Covent Garden complete with A-list clientele, and another multi-million-pound project underway.

    However, Adee has not always lived this millionaire lifestyle. Being raised by a disciplinarian father, Adee left home and school early.

    Unable to read or write, Adee spent the next 10 years of his life in Essex bedsit-land battling with drink, drugs, gambling and severe depression.

    It was not until he was taken under the wing of another well-known hairdresser at the age of 27 that Adee turned his life around.

    Adee returns to the Essex coast, just a few miles from where it all began, this time as James McCarthy, an everyday hairdresser taking part in a new television series about 'pop-up' shops.

    Adee's temporary salon is in the heart of one of the most deprived areas in the UK, Brooklands in Jaywick, only an hour and a half out of London.

    Brooklands was built in the 1920s as affordable holiday homes for Londoners wanting a slice of paradise by the coast. Nearly a century later, the tourists have stopped coming and the area is forgotten.

    The small chalets that were once a seaside retreat are now permanent homes for thousands of residents, many of whom rely on benefits.

    Living in the heart of this close-knit community, Adee will meet charities and people he can help and will also be forced to confront his own difficult past.

  • The Secret Millionaire: Aria Taheri

    Aria Taheri

    Aria Taheri came to England from Iran when he was 17, leaving his family behind. He's since built up a multi-million-pound computing business. He goes undercover in ethnically diverse Sparkbrook in Birmingham.

  • Sue Stone

    Sue Stone has been described as one of Britain's most positive people. She has made her money as a confidence coach and now she's going under cover to look for people who need help.

  • Lyn Cecil

    Lyn Cecil

    Millionaire Lyn Cecil goes undercover to find people she can help in Islington, where, like in so many other parts of London, the super-rich and the desperately poor live side by side.

  • The Secret Millionaire: Piers Linney

    Piers Linney

    The joint chief executive of a communications and IT consultancy, Piers Linney has been named one of the country's most influential black people. He goes undercover in a prison for young offenders; but can giving direct personal help to a prisoner ever be right?

  • The Secret Millionaire: Simrin Choudrie

    Simrin Choudrie

    Simrin Choudhrie, who's seven months pregnant, descended from Indian royalty and the heiress to a multi-million pound fortune, goes undercover in Burngreave in Sheffield to find people she can help.

  • The Secret Millionaire: Sean Gallagher

    Sean Gallagher

    IT recruitment entrepreneur Sean Gallagher travels to Middlesbrough to find people he can help, including a charity that assists people with a medical condition that has personal significance for him.

  • The Secret Millionaire Changed My Life: Dawn Gibbins

    The Secret Millionaire Changed My Life: Dawn Gibbins

    Dawn Gibbins returns to inner-city Bristol a year after she went undercover as a Secret Millionaire. And this time her youngest daughter's keen to get involved too.

  • Paul Ragan

    The Secret Millionaire Changed My Life: Paul Ragan

    Paul Ragan fulfils his promise to return to Derby in order to look for new way to make a difference in the community he originally visited as a secret millionaire.

  • Secret Millionaire Changed My Life: Tony Banks

    Ex-Para and Falklands veteran Tony Banks returns to the tough streets of Liverpool to see how the people he first met there are getting on and how they benefited from the money he donated.

  • Tom Mairs

    Tom Mairs, the son of a multi-millionaire, has become a millionaire in his own right. He leaves his home in the Wirral to cross the Mersey and go undercover in Bootle, one of the most deprived areas of Britain.

  • Gordon McAlpine

    Having made his fortune in London, Gordon McAlpine returns to his Scottish roots, going undercover in Govan, one of the poorest parts of Glasgow, where the unemployment rate is twice the national average.

  • Bradley Reback

    Multi-millionaire Bradley Reback goes undercover in Brighton to find people he can help, visiting a homeless centre, a drop-in centre for the unemployed and other local projects.

  • Mark Pearson

    Thirty-year-old self-made multi-millionaire Mark Pearson steps out of his comfort zone to go undercover in Nottingham - where crime rates are twice the national average - in an attempt to find people he can help.

  • Marcelle Speller

    Sixty-year-old dotcom millionaire Marcelle Speller made her millions relatively late in life. She goes undercover in Plymouth, where a quarter of the population live in deprivation, to find people to help.

  • Richard North

    Toy tycoon Richard North goes undercover in Cardiff to meet people who might find a positive use for his money. And he meets a young man who helps him come to terms with tragedy from earlier in his own life.

  • Chris Brown

    Travel website entrepreneur and self-confessed geek Chris Brown confronts painful memories and undergoes a life-changing experience as he looks for people to help in north Manchester.

  • David Jamilly

    Secret Millionaire David Jamilly travels to Redcar on Teesside as the people of the town wait to discover the fate of Corus, the local steel plant that has been earmarked for partial mothballing.

  • Fil Adams-Mercer

    Fil Adams-Mercer puts his success down to a strong work ethic. He goes undercover to find people who might need his help in Doncaster, reassessing his opinions about unemployment along the way.

  • Jahan Abedi

    Jahan Abedi

    Iranian-born Jahan Abedi, who considers himself Welsh through and through, has made millions from property. He goes undercover in Leicester, one of Britain's most racially diverse cities.

  • Paul Ragan

    Multi-millionaire Paul Ragan travels to Derby. From the age of five, Paul had to deal with his mother's schizophrenia. Now he wants to help people who devote their lives to caring for others.

  • Dawn Gibbins

    Multi-millionaire Dawn Gibbins goes undercover in one of the most deprived areas of south west England, looking for people who may need her help, before returning home a changed woman. This film contains adult themes such as drug abuse and prostitution.

  • Slumdog Secret Millionaire

    Slumdog Secret Millionaire

    Millionaire dentist Seema Sharma lives in London with her cardiologist husband Sanjay and their two daughters. With a string of successful dental practices to her name, Seema is worth in the region of five million pounds. Although Seema speaks basic Hindi, her only knowledge of India comes from Bollywood films and five-star holidays.

    She leaves behind her British lifestyle and flies to Mumbai, the financial capital of India. Mumbai has a shocking disparity between wealth and poverty: over half of its 13 million residents live in slums or on the streets. Seema is staying in Dharavi, one of the largest slums in India, where over a million people live crammed into less than one square mile.

    During her stay Seema volunteers with a number of organisations in the hope of finding worthy causes and individuals to support. She meets inspiring people who've come up with ingenious solutions to help India's poorest citizens, including a mobile school to educate homeless children, a charity that persuades the wealthy to donate toys to underprivileged children, and a group reaching out to a community of rag pickers struggling to provide their families with basics such as water and proper sanitation.

    Trying to decide how to give away her money in a responsible and effective way, Seema is confronted by insurmountable dilemmas. On the final day of her stay, and with a new understanding of what it means to be Indian, Seema reveals her identity to the people she has chosen, surprising them with gifts worth tens of thousands of pounds.

  • John Griffin

    John Griffin

    London taxi baron John Griffin is worth more than £50 million. He goes undercover in Newcastle's Westside, where he looks for and is introduced to people who may need his help.

  • The Secret Millionaire Changed My Life: Gary Eastwood

    Scrap metal tycoon Gary Eastwood returns to Blackpool to see if the £50,000 he donated eight months earlier is creating change. But Gary also has to confront his fears and painful memories.

  • Charlie Mullins

    Charlie Mullins

    Charlie Mullins has worked his way to a multi-million-pound fortune as the boss of a plumbing empire. He goes undercover on an estate in Warrington to meet people who may need his help.

  • Dominic List

    Dominic List

    IT tycoon Dominic List leaves his luxuries behind to go undercover in Peckham. Although just a few miles from his swish riverside pad, it's an area of London with some of the highest levels of crime in the UK.

  • Kevin Green

    Kevin Green

    Kevin Green has built up a £9m fortune in property. He goes undercover in Barnstaple, a pretty market town that is also one of the most deprived areas in rural England.

  • Liz Jackson

    Liz Jackson

    Millionaire Liz Jackson lost her sight 10 years ago, but is determined that this does not define who she is. Liz goes undercover in London, where she confronts her own disability.

  • Roisin Isaacs

    Roisin Isaacs

    Former nurse Roisin Isaacs made her fortune in the healthcare industry. She goes undercover in Dundee to give something back.

  • Rob Calcraft

    Rob Calcraft

    Rob Calcraft, a flamboyant beauty industry magnate, lives undercover in in Barrow-in-Furness looking to share a little of his wealth with the local people who he's come to know and respect.

  • Martin Stamp

    Martin Stamp

    Martin Stamp goes undercover as a teaching assistant in Hull. He is stunned by the number of children dropping out of formal education.

  • Jonathan Hick

    Jonathan Hick

    Worth nearly five million pounds, Jonny's got it all, including his own pub. For a week, Jonny lives in Sunderland, once a thriving community of shipyard workers.

  • Jennifer Cheyne

    Jennifer Cheyne

    Jennifer Cheyne leaves her luxury lifestyle behind and goes undercover in Aberfan, a place that still suffers the after-effects of the closure of the coal-mining industry.

  • Gary Eastwood

    Gary Eastwood

    Gary Eastwood's hugely successful scrap metal business is now worth 20 million pounds. For nine days Gary lives a secret life in Blackpool looking for people to help.

  • Kevin Morley

    Kevin Morley

    The former MD of Rover, 57-year-old entrepeneur Kevin Morley, is determined to venture out of his comfort zone. He goes undercover in North London.

  • Millionaires

    The Secret Millionaire Changed My Life

    UK's richest people have taken on huge challenges in order to give something back to the community. This show returns to find out the difference made by six of the millionaires.

  • Kavita Oberoi

    The Secret Millionaire Changed My Life

    In 2008, millionaires Nick Leslau, James Benamor, Hilary Devey and Kavita Oberoi spent time living undercover in some of the most deprived areas of the country and giving away over £800,000 of their own money to people and organisations. This programme takes a look back at their experiences, and finds out what's happened since.

  • Caroline Marsh

    Caroline Marsh

    Millionaire Caroline Marsh is relocating to Toxteth, a deprived area in Liverpool, and she's taking her 2-year-old son with her. She's surprised at how run down some of Toxteth is.

  • Millionaire Gavin Wheeldon

    Gavin Wheeldon

    Gavin Wheeldon who has made a fortune from a translation business returns to the faded North Wales resort of Rhyl where he spent his childhood holidays to go undercover.

  • Millionaire Hilary Devey

    Hilary Devey

    Hilary Devey has built up a business turning over £100 million a year in the haulage industry. Hilary moves to Rochdale to see if she can help the impoverished residents.

  • Millionaire Daniel Smith

    Daniel Smith

    Daniel Smith leaves behind his successful business and supportive family in Kent to go undercover helping homeless people in London.

  • Millionaire Carl Hopkins

    Carl Hopkins

    Marketing millionaire Carl Hopkins travels to the former mining town of Easington in County Durham, the setting for Billy Elliot and one of the most deprived areas in Britain.

  • Nick Leslau

    Nick Leslau

    Worth an estimated £200 million, property tycoon Nick Leslau is swapping his luxury lifestyle to work with disabled people in Glasgow.

  • Millionaire Kavita Oberoi

    Kavita Oberoi

    Living undercover, sucessful businesswoman Kavita moves into a neighbourhood where half the families survive on benefits and finds out how hard it is to get by on benefits.

  • Millionaire James Benamor

    James Benamor

    At 30, James Benamor is worth over £70 million, though he freely admits that his own misspent youth was given over to drugs and crime. He goes undercover in Manchester.

  • Millionaire Margaret Heffernan

    Margaret Heffernan

    American businesswoman Margaret Heffernan exchanges her Somerset mansion for a flat above a corner shop in one of Nottingham's poorest areas in order to find some people worthy of her help.

  • Millionaire Mo Chaudry

    Mo Chaudry

    Multi-millionaire Mo Chaudry has lost touch with his Pakistani roots so how does he fare undercover in the Harehills district of Leeds, home to the city's largest Asian/ethnic community?

  • Millionaire David Pearl

    David Pearl

    Property magnate David Pearl is going undercover as one of 700 volunteers who give up their time to help the medical staff and patients at the Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth.

  • Millionaire Terry George

    Terry George

    Millionaire Terry George made his money through the pink pound, running nightclubs and bars on the gay scene in Leeds, but now he hopes to make a difference in Penzance, Cornwall.

  • Millionaire Chek Whyte

    Chek Whyte

    Working-class northern property developer Chek Whyte, one of the richest men in England, arrives in Salford fully committed and eager to make a difference to some of the people he meets.

  • Millionaire Gill Fielding

    Gill Fielding

    Secret millionaire Gill Fielding undergoes a heart-warming and self-confessed 'life changing' undercover experience in London's East End.

  • Emma Harrison

    Emma Harrison

    Steel worker's daughter, 43-year-old Emma Harrison goes to Dagenham, one of Britain's poorest areas and home to Europe's largest council estate.

  • Millionaire Paul Williams

    Paul Williams

    Self-made man Paul Williams and his 20-year-old son live undercover as part of the community on the Thorntree estate in Middlesbrough, one of the poorest areas in Britain.

  • Millionaire Charan Gill

    Charan Gill

    Multi-millionaire and 51-year-old curry house king of Scotland, Charan Gill, goes undercover in Thetford, Norfolk to see if he can find someone whose life he can improve.

  • Millionaire John Elliot

    John Elliott

    Self-made millionaire and 62-year-old supporter of the Conservative Party, John Elliott, goes undercover in Kensington, Liverpool, one of the poorest areas in Britain, to live on the equivalent of state benefit.

  • Millionaire Ben Way

    Ben Way

    26-year-old millionaire Ben Way works as a volunteer youth worker at the Pedro Club in Hackney alongside its inspirational manager, Ufu.

  • Rob Lloyd at the boxing gym

    Rob Lloyd

    Rob Lloyd is a millionaire property developer. For nine days, Rob leaves the property game behind to go undercover in the protestant Shankill Road in Belfast.

The Secret Millionaire synopsis

Millionaire benefactors say goodbye to their luxury lifestyles and go undercover in deprived areas to find out who needs their help

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