After attracting 25% of all TV viewers in March 2012, the BBC commissioned a second series of The Sheriffs Are Coming. Like the first series, cameras follow our Enforcement Officers, often known as “Sheriffs”, as they travel across the country attempting to recover debts on behalf of our clients.
The new fifteen-part series will air daily (Monday to Friday) on BBC One at 11.00am, from Monday 14th January and concludes on Friday 1st February. It is repeated the following morning on BBC Two at 7.05 am, and will also be available on iPlayer.
The second series features the dynamic duo Lawrence and Kev, along with Marc and Pete, plus some new faces - Dave, Darryl, Mark and Tony - taking on the challenge to recover debts on behalf of people owed thousands of pounds by debtors who think they can get away with not paying.
The programme explores a number of cases where individuals and business owners have won judgments against third parties but have been unable to retrieve any of the money awarded to them. The debtors range from rogue traders right up to well-known multinational corporations.
After transferring their judgments to the High Court for enforcement, they’ve turned to Croydon-based Authorised High Court Enforcement Officers, The Sheriffs Office, to get them their money back.
Throughout the series, viewers will meet some of The Sheriffs Office’s clients as they recount their stories. The cameras then follow some of the Sheriffs as they visit the debtors in an attempt to execute the writ and recover the debt. Most of the debtors are reluctant to pay up despite their legal requirement to do so, and the Sheriffs have to employ a number of tactics to get the debt paid.
Armed only a High Court writ and their trusty chip and pin machine, the Sheriffs often travel in teams of two as not all debtors are pleased to see them. If payment isn’t forthcoming they have the authority to seize goods, cars, jewellery, or any other asset of value. Frequently they’ll get their money, but not before some difficult confrontations.
Week one programme highlights include:
Brian, one of the country’s best and fastest sheep shearers, who was employed by a neighbouring farmer to shear almost 3000 of his sheep. After waiting three months for payment, Brian got a Court Judgment and put the Sheriffs on the case, but would they have to seize 3000 sheep?
Elderly Mrs Parton wanted a new driveway and paid a builder upfront out of her life savings. After an independent surveyor inspected the drive, he told her it all needed taking up and redoing. So Mrs Parton decided to take him to court, using up the rest of her life savings, to cover the costs of having it completely re-laid. She won her case, got a High Court writ and asked the Sheriffs to help.
After a former employee won a judgment for a large sum of money against a major aeroplane manufacturer because his hearing was damaged as a result of the work. He calls the Sheriffs in to land payment at last.