Coral betting shops to feature in BBC documentary
The BBC has commissioned a new three-part documentary that will go behind the scenes of one of the UK¬ís biggest high street and online bookmakers, Coral.
The rise of online gambling, new regulations and the changing face of the high street means that traditional local betting shops are under more pressure than ever before.
Produced for BBC1 by Boundless, The Bookies will capture everything from the highs and lows of life on the betting floor to the technology wizards that set the odds. It will also take a revealing look at the customers and shop staff that keep the industry afloat.
Emma Willis, head of documentaries for BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4, said: “Betting shops are a key part of the high street and an unwavering part of modern British life. The Bookies will take a compelling look at how the industry works, the everyday realities of life on the betting floor and why we’re betting more as a nation.”
Over three episodes, The Bookies will follow the big spenders who gamble thousands to the low-stake punters who use their high street bookmakers as a social club. BBC1 will track the national events - from big football games to Strictly Come Dancing – that drive the business and will follow the Coral team members as they open new shops and fight off competition.
The series will also find out how the industry is responding to issues of problem gambling and public opposition to new shops and will follow the customers for whom betting is part of everyday life.
Patrick Holland, managing director of Boundless, said: “Betting is something that millions of British people take part in, yet we know very little about the world and how it operates. The series will engage with the excitement, the characters and the issues from this major industry.”
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