Cowboy Traders

Contact: Julie Miller 020 8612 7751

We’ve targeted the bad builders – now it’s time to round up the rest of the cowboys…

Today Channel 5 announced a brand new commission Cowboy Traders presented by consumer champions Dom Littlewood and Melinda Messenger
For the past three years Channel 5 has exposed some of Britain’s worst, most unscrupulous and incompetent Cowboy Builders, bringing them to the attention of the authorities and rebuilding the homes of the victims whose lives they’ve ruined. However, the building trade isn’t the only industry that needs cleaning up. From dodgy car dealers to unscrupulous bridal shop owners to fly-by-night property landlords, Britain is awash with dishonest tradesmen all too happy to take your money and run. 
Dom Littlewood and Melinda Messenger join forces again to clean up Britain one rogue at a time. And this time, they’ll also be making sure the authorities are doing enough to protect the public.  
Ian Dunkley, Channel 5 Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment said: ‘The series will expose some of the worst business practices in Britain,  show the devastating effect these can have on ordinary families, and help put things right for the victims.’
In each episode Dom will focus his efforts on one new consumer area – from retirement homes to property rentals to personal transport. Dom’s mission is to investigate the tradesmen and women in question and meet the victims of their scams. He’ll use his trademark blend of detective work, investigative journalism and undercover filming before finally coming face to face with the cowboy for a personal confrontation.   
While investigating the rogues, Dom will build up a body of evidence to hand over to the relevant authorities. He’ll also take a broader look at how badly regulated some industries are and look at what regulatory bodies like Trading Standards and other government organizations can do about the problem. 
While Dom’s dishing out just desserts to the rogues, Melinda takes on the task of helping the victims who’ve been left heartbroken and out of pocket. She’ll devise, organise and deliver them some way of getting back what they paid for. 
The series is produced by Ricochet and the Executive Producer for the series is Rob Butterfield. Cowboy Traders will air on Channel 5 in March 2012. 
Note to Editors:
Channel 5 Commissioner: Ian Dunkley
Produced by: Ricochet
Executive Producer: Rob Butterfield
TX: March 2012
Format: 6 x 60 minute series
For further information please contact: 
Julie Miller, Publicity Manager on 020 8612 7751 or 


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