21st Century TV kicks off with Urban Ferreting

It has taken 15 years, but finally, finally, Alan Partridge’s Cooking in Prison concept is coming to the small screen in the form of Channel Four’s Gordon Behind Bars. In celebration, I will be sharing inspired television programming ideas with you for the next…little while, shall we say? (Until I get bored.) This exciting new blog series will be known as 21st Century TV. Someone alert BBC3, because I think they’ll want first crack at…

Urban Ferreting


Ferrets n beer

Relaxing after the hunt

Hunting for small animals using other small animals as mercenaries isn’t just for [a Grundy? David Archer? CHECK WHICH ONE HAS THE FERRETS]. It is also for city folk – like you, the television-viewing public! Ferreting is especially suitable for unemployed young people in deprived urban areas, as it can help them build confidence, stay physically fit and gain skills for employment.

Gritty but affecting, Urban Ferreting would feature a group of inner-city 18-24 year olds supplied with kill-ready ferrets, following their ups and downs, trials and tribulations, highs and lows. As they bond with their ferrets, they will (probably, seems likely) also form a deeper bond with their community. Key themes here: learning, laughter, love, learning to laugh and love! There will be difficult journeys of self-discovery, but at the end of it all there will be food on the table.

Come to think of it, this concept could also work as a social enterprise. It’s got fantastic stakeholder / social return on investment / outcomes / outputs potential. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED RAINBOW MEOW.

Photo credit and 0.25% of Series 1 profits to schlongfield on Flickr


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