Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rich Pickings in Fly-on-the-Wall TV

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rich Pickings in Fly-on-the-Wall TV

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Byline: By Alison Carr

Britain's Biggest Spenders (ITV1) followed four of Britain's most extravagant cash splashers on a month-long shop-a-thon.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this documentary was compulsive viewing!

Newcastle-born Denize (yes, with a 'z') was a wealthy divorcee, who spent her time swanning around art galleries, undergoing beauty treatments, keeping a beady eye out for potential new husbands and haggling.

Then there was Lisa Voice, ex-partner of Billy Fury and one of the richest women in the country. The cameras caught her managing to part with pounds 1/3m in 10 minutes.

And she didn't bat an eyelid. There's rich and then there's Lisa.

To be honest, though, I didn't resent her. Maybe it was because she earned her huge fortune through her music publishing business. Or perhaps because out of the four, she was the only one who seemed to enjoy her wealth and be happy with it. She wasn't in competition, always trying to be the best.

I suppose with pounds 29m in the bank you don't need to compete with anyone though, do you.

Spare a thought for lap dancer/Jordan wannabe Aimi. Unable to resist the lure of designer jumpers for her dog or cars she'd seen on Footballers Wives, the blonde-buyer had landed herself pounds 80,000 in debt. A couple of paparazzi shots of you dressed in a see-through leotard probably won't make much difference Aimi ( here's a radical idea, go out and get a job!

However, the king of the spenders was undoubtedly multi-millionaire Scott Alexander. He was Number One in fact, which will please him. He spent (or 'dropped' as he would say ( he was so down with the kids) pounds 6m in a month.

Suits threaded with real gold, diamond cufflinks, pounds 400 a week on dry cleaning, his Manchester penthouse to maintain, it all adds up.

Did I mention the pounds 120,000 he spends a month on facial injections to keep him looking young? Ask for a refund, mate - that orange, tight-looking face, the scary eyebrows...

Of course, the small matter of him buying a town in Bulgaria also cranked up his credit card (sorry, his executive Black American Express Centurion card) bill. I never quite understood why he bought a town. I don't think he did either. He bought it because he could. He 'stepped up to the plate', as he was so fond of saying.

I feel I should say something wise like 'money can't buy you happiness', but someone like Scott would probably go out and find someone to flog him happiness. Solid gold, diamond-encrusted happiness at that!

IF YOU can get passed the naffest of naff titles, You Can't Fire Me, I'm Famous (BBC1) looks set to be a gently entertaining series.

Over the next few weeks the befittingly naff Piers Morgan will be interviewing a series of celebrities who were given their P45s, starting off with Martine McCutcheon. …

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