The Man Who Buys Anything
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The Man Who Buys Anything
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The real-life Del Boy

Observational documentary following prolific trader Steve Elwis, who buys up excess stock of all kinds and sells it on, often for a big profit.

If you’ve ever wondered where market traders and pound shops get their products from, here’s your answer: Former second-hand car salesman Steve Elwis and his company, Virrgo. From family-run businesses that have finally gone under, to famous stores in administration and manufacturers who’ve made too much, Steve and his team are out on the road doing deals. This film explores the hidden world of people desperately trying to claw back money from bankrupt stock. Steve has to be sure that whatever he buys, he can sell. Giving a new perspective on Britain during the economic downturn, watch this real-life Del Boy walk the thin line between profit and loss.

Reviews

Programmes like this don’t just need stories, they need big characters. And Steve’s fills an hour of television like his boxes fill his warehouse, to the rafters. He’s brilliant and appalling… Anyone who missed it should catch up, it was dead good. The Guardian


"Following this would-be Del Boy as he scours recession-hit Britain in his white BMW offers a knockabout vision of the sharp end of the economy. Steve’s whole life is a high-speed, low-rent Apprentice task, which makes for a great watch." Radio Times

Ratings

  • The Man Who Buys Anything performed very well on Channel 4, attracting over 1.7m viewers, ranking number one show of the night in the face of tough competition

Definition

HD

Producer

Firecracker Films

Broadcaster

Channel 4

Production Year

2013
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