This series follows the work of a firm of Probate investigators, Fraser & Fraser, who trace surviving family members when somebody dies intestate so they can claim the cash before HM Treasury does.
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This series follows the work of a firm of Probate investigators, Fraser & Fraser, who trace surviving family members when somebody dies intestate so they can claim the cash before HM Treasury does.

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Ghoulish low budget self aggrandising daytime tripe
4 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I felt that I had to give my opinion on this British daytime TV program.

Every episode is essentially the same, in that the firm being portrayed scours obituaries for intestate deaths that they may be able to profit from.

Their intention is to find relatives of the deceased so they can impart the remaining monies to them and take a commission (otherwise the money goes to the government).

The firm will only chase up an intestate death if there is a substantial amount of money left, and if there is a good possibility of tracing the deceased's family tree, so they would need to have a fairly unusual surname also.

Reading between the lines, it is clear that these companies are just looking to make money for themselves but the program attempts to portray them as caring about the poor deceased and being determined to find surviving relatives for them. In addition the program goes on to give the life story of the deceased and explain the past life of the deceased, and relies heavily on newsreel footage and interviews with "experts" where necessary, typically the deceased will have been through WWII so 10 minutes of the show will talk about the blitz or evacuation etc.

We see also the investigator tracing the relatives and contacting them "good news your uncle's dead, give me money" or words to that effect.

This is without a doubt the most despicable and ghoulish program I have ever seen. The BBC should be ashamed of themselves. It is obvious that the budget for daytime TV must be almost non-existent, but I cannot understand why they would commission programs that delve into the personal lives of deceased individuals that obviously had no say in this matter, and attempt to portray the company involved as though they are providing a service to them. I had thought traffic wardens were near the bottom of the barrel but these ghouls are much much worse.

Also the program is not even interesting, so they are going through dead people's dirty laundry on TV to make money, whilst trying to present themselves as good samaritans and it is not even interesting to watch - the testcard was better than this.


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