The grass isn't always greener
Trouble Abroad ITV1, 9pm
MANY a Brit seeks a new life abroad. Who could forget the scenes of mass celebration when Joey Barton left for Marseille?
But things don't always turn out as they imagine, and this new documentary series tells the stories of those whose dreams of living in a new country turned into a nightmare. It comes as a big, big shock to discover there's no Greggs.
Sally Spencer, whose wealthy husband lost his fortune on internet gambling, now relies on charity food parcels in rural France as she can't afford to buy the basics.
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"When you can't pay your electricity bill or your phone bill and everything is getting cut off and you don't know how you're going to get out of this mess," says Sally, "it's so frightening. It makes you feel so vulnerable."
Then there's Sandy and Rob whose dreams of building a mobility scooter empire in Florida vanished after a business deal went bad. As Rob's visa means he can't work in America, Sandy's been forced to seek employment as a waitress.
"I feel extremely guilty the way it's turned out," says Rob.
"Sandy had a good job and I feel that I have taken her away from all that and brought her out here to pursue my dream."
"I would say to somebody just think long and hard before you take that step," adds Sandy, "because once you do it, it's not so easy to go back."