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Experts with opposed approaches to tackling social issues put their reputations on the line

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Experts with opposed approaches to tackling social issues put their reputations on the line

Series 1 Summary

Two experts with diametrically opposed approaches to tackling social issues put their reputations on the line in each episode. Each expert strongly believes that their approach is the one most likely to help individuals achieve the results they need.

  • Alison and Chireal

    Episode 1 - Can't Sleep Kids

    New parents often expect sleepless nights when their baby arrives. But when sleepless nights last for years, it can shatter family life.

    Two sleep experts, advocating diametrically opposed approaches, offer to help families who cannot get their children to sleep through the night.

    Baby care consultant Alison Scott-Wright says she has helped hundreds of children sleep through the night. Her method, The Reassurance Sleep Training Technique, asks parents to take away all sleep aids, including dummies and bottles, and to implement a strict sleep routine.

    Alison warns there will be some crying, but that the child will be regularly checked and reassured. She sees her approach as 'tough love' compared to psychologist Chireal Shallow, who runs a sleep clinic in London and advocates a gentle sleep system that incorporates gradual retreat.

    Rather than taking them away, Chireal gives the child sleep aids to remove anxiety at bedtime before teaching parents a step-by-step approach for sleeping independently, which can take up to six weeks.

    After three weeks of working with the experts both families will see what difference the expert help has made to their children's sleep patterns.

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    Episode 2 - Getting a Job

    The country's top recruitment expert, Emma Harrison, and self-proclaimed political maverick Ray Lewis go head to head to prove that they know the best way to tackle a problem that's plagued governments for decades: unemployment.

    For Ray Lewis, Gang Tsar and Director of Eastside Young Leaders Academy, which helps disaffected youngsters get back on the straight and narrow, there's only one way to get long-term unemployed back to work: 'To keep them on track they need a strong and firm hand.'

    Emma's approach is to work with people: 'I walk by their side, hold their hand and we go on a journey resulting in them getting a job that transforms their lives.'

    Emma and Ray both select a member of the public for each other, someone who has been unemployed for over 18 months. They then work on their new client, agreeing that the best method will be the one that finds their client the highest paid job.

    Emma helps 21-year-old John, who has never had a job and lives with his parents on a council estate in Leyton. Going to prison has become a real possibility for John and now he says he wants to turn his back on his criminal past.

    Ray's disciplinarian regime has been successful in transforming the lives of young men at this Academy in the East End, but how effectively will his boot camp methods work with 48-year-old unemployed Dave, who hasn't had a job for over two years and feels that he's already exhausted all avenues?

  • Fighting the Fat

    Episode 3 - Fighting the Fat

    Two of the country's weight loss experts, personal trainer Paul Connolly and alternative therapist Janet Thomson, go head to head to prove that they know the best way to tackle obesity.

    For personal trainer Paul, who has trained Hollywood stars like Demi Moore and Elle Macpherson, physical exercise and hard graft is the only way to lose weight. He says 'People are fat because they're lazy.'

    With more than 20 years experience in clinical hypnotherapy, Janet's approach is to focus more on the mind than the body. She says: 'Everything someone puts in their mouths is motivated by what goes on in their head. If you can get inside their head... you can change their body - forever.'

    Paul and Janet both select a member of the public for each other, someone who is overweight or obese. They then work on their new client, agreeing that the best method will be the one that gets their client to lose the most pounds in six weeks.

    Paul helps 28-year-old Emma Johal, who is a married mum of one. At 21 stone 2, Emma is obese.

    As well as a poor diet, Emma does no exercise. She's struggled with her weight since childhood but a recent health scare has given her a wake-up call. Paul's first steps are to get Emma exercising for the first time in her life as part of his strict physical regime before he moves on to boot camp in an attempt to get Emma to shed some pounds.

    Alternative therapist Janet Thomson believes the secret to weight loss lies in changing how you think but how effective will this approach be on 21-stone Sharrema, who's never been happy with her weight but has struggled to stop comfort eating all her life?

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Experts with opposed approaches to tackling social issues put their reputations on the line

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