Published 25 August 2011
Rip-off Britain comes to The Trafford Centre
Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th September
BBC One Daytime’s successful consumer advice programme Rip Off Britain is returning for a third series – and organising a special event here in Manchester offering consumers free practical advice and help.
Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and new recruit Julia Somerville will be bringing the Rip Off Britain team to Manchester’s Trafford Centre, where, for one weekend only, they have teamed up with BBC Learning to open a Pop-Up shop offering free consumer advice.
The team is excited to be coming to Manchester, and as Angela Rippon says, it is the face-to-face element that is so appealing: "No one likes being taken for a ride or finding that they've been ripped off and cheated out of their hard-earned cash. The team at Rip Off Britain are real consumer champions. So this is your chance to get practical advice and help – face-to-face - with our experts. Come and join us. We could just be the solution to your problems!"
The shop will be open to visitors throughout the weekend of September 17th and 18th, but the team are also keen to hear from people in advance who could then be featured in the new series.
Rip Off Britain series producer Lucy McLennan says: “We know that all across Britain, people are feeling ripped off by hidden and unfair charges, sharp practices and confusion over tariffs and fees, and it can be really confusing to know what to do, or where to turn.
“Our pop up shop will be a one-stop place to come for advice, tips and help. We can’t promise to solve everyone’s problems on the spot – but we’ll certainly do our best to try. So if you feel you’ve been misled or ripped off, please get in touch – or come along on the day.”
Consumer experts from the world of utilities, finance and travel will be there to offer general advice, assist with specific problems or queries - and give information to prevent consumers being ripped off.
There will also be an interactive area where maths experts will show consumers tips on improving their numeracy skills. The aim is that this will help people make better informed choices and give them more confidence in organising their finances.
Visitors on the day hoping for advice on a specific problem are strongly advised to bring along relevant paperwork, or the experts may not be able to help. Consumers can get in touch with the programme no matter how big or small their gripe, on firstname.lastname@example.org now or write to Rip Off Britain, PO Box 4360, Manchester, M61 0DY.
Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford, Julia Somerville and their team will be in Unit 156, Peel Avenue (1st floor between Selfridges and Burtons) on Sat 17th and Sunday 18th September.
Rip Off Britain Pops Up, Unit 156, Peel Avenue, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, Sat 17th Sept 10am –6pm and Sunday 18th Sept 12pm - 5pm.
Rip Off Britain returns to BBC One Daytime in November.