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A Matter of Life & Debt airs on BBC One

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03 Aug 18

This week the hugely-successful television series, ‘A Matter of Life & Debt’ was repeated on prime time BBC One focusing on the positive stories of loans made by credit unions through the eyes of their members and staff.

Last October the uplifting TV documentary series explored the important and life changing work carried out by credit unions from up and down the country. This week repeated the first episode in a condensed format, on prime time BBC One after The One Show Wednesday 1 August.

Two of the credit unions involved in the first episode were,Lewisham and Bromley Credit Union, and London Capital Credit Union’. CEO of Lewisham and Bromley Credit Union, Ravi Ravindran said:

 “We are very pleased the BBC has highlighted the good work of the credit unions sector and how we support our members to manage their finances in wake of welfare reform and a tightening in the credit market. We have been working to improve the life of the community over the last 25 years.”

The first season of the television show was very successful for the BBC; it was the most popular show on TV for the time slot it was on attracting 25% of TV audiences (1.25 million people).

Over the three weeks it was shown back in October, over 48,000 users visited the Find Your Credit Union website and over 30,000 of the users found a credit union from available to them. After the show aired Wednesday evening, over 1800 users visited the website and almost 1500 users found a credit union.

Later this year the series will return for a second season in its daytime slot. Season 2 will be 20 episodes over 4 weeks which is an extra 5 episodes compared to last year .

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