A BBC series showcasing Britain’s relationship with gambling does not present bookmakers as ruthless shysters obsessed with parting impressionable fools from their money. If anything it ventures too far the other way
“Stuart is on his daily trip around the betting shops of Huddersfield.” While viewers will almost certainly hear more depressing lines uttered in the voiceovers of future documentaries, that particular zinger will take some beating. Stuart is unemployed, hopelessly addicted to the electronic gaming machines which have become a staple of British high street bookies and operates a strict strategy when playing them. “I’ve got a limit of how much I want to take it to,” he tells the crew shadowing him for Britain At The Bookies. “How much you’re prepared to lose?” asks a voice from behind the camera. “No,” he replies. “How much I want to win.” Oh, Stuart.