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BBC, Pulse Films look into who’s spending Britain’s billion

MUMBAI: Global content studio Pulse Films has secured an investigative documentary commission from BBC Two for ‘Who’s Spending Britain’s Billions?’, an ambitious new special that explores the billions of pounds spent by government at local and national level each year.

The film is written and presented by acclaimed journalist and broadcaster Jacques Peretti, who recently joined Pulse’s UK Unscripted TV team.

‘Who’s Spending Britain’s Billions?’ is set to air in the UK on 18 October at 8 pm on BBC Two.

The programme is executive produced by Emma Cooper and Mark Rubens for Pulse Films, with Dan Trelford producing and Tom Pursey on board as associate producer.

In this one-off documentary, Peretti uncovers what is happening behind closed doors in cash-strapped Britain and finds that local councils across the UK are signing contracts with management consultancy firms who can take a percentage of any savings they find.

Peretti also reveals that hundreds of the millions of taxpayers’ pounds spent on these contracts are covered by confidential deals meaning very little detail is known about them. In this revealing insight Peretti asks if the public deserve to know more about how those charged with managing Britain’s billions are spending it.

Pulse Films Unscripted TV managing director Emma Cooper said, “Jacques’ work across print and broadcast has consistently been original, topical and challenging – and we look forward to fusing that with Pulse’s own distinctive edge in our projects together. Who’s Spending Our Billions? is a perfect example of how we will be getting under the skin of factual programming.”