Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

TV Choice

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

TV Choice

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WHAT BRITAIN BUYS Channel 4, 8pm As a country, the UK is moving away from disposable fashion and spending more on experiences, such as cycling, music festivals and planning weddings. This week, Mary Portas investigates these trends, looking at how festivals have a direct impact on high-street fashion, meeting mamils - middle-aged men in Lycra, who form a big part of the booming cycle industry - and discovering the impact of social media on weddings. She also reveals that the humble knicker could be changing.

ON BENEFITS: LIFE ON THE DOLE Channel 5, 8pm The fifth channel's obsession with characters living on the breadline shows little sign of abating as the latest episode proves. Among the folks trying to get by are Lisa, who spent seven years in prison for cocaine smuggling. She has been claiming benefits since then. Cameras also follow James, who is dyslexic and surviving on PS13,000 a year. Then there's Jai, who left his job to move to the Scottish Highlands. …

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