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08/05/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/05/2020 08:07

New BBC Two factual series goes behind closed doors around Manchester’s billion pound property boom

Manchester is one of Britain's fastest developing cities, with the population of the city centre set to double in the next five years. Filmed over 12 months, primarily within a one mile radius of the city centre, Manctopia zooms in on the personalities who find themselves interconnected by the housing race.

From the millionaire looking for the perfect penthouse with room for 250 pairs of shoes, to the mum who just wants to find an affordable home her kids will love, to the heartwarming friendship of homeless shelter pals trying to get themselves off the streets, there are no good guys or bad guys, just real people trying to make a home for themselves - and others - in the city they love.

Narrated by Mancunian Sally Lindsay, everyone has their own challenges in Manctopia and they all tackle them with humour. With billions being invested in two square miles of city centre, this series speaks to the property developers and decision makers shaping the city and the communities who are struggling to keep up but so desperately want to keep calling their part of Manchester home.

With many new homes being built in Greater Manchester not classed as affordable housing, families who have lived in the area for generations are getting outpriced. The programme also meets some of the 5,000 homeless people across the city and looks at the services and charities out there to support them.

Each of the four 60-minute episodes are stories of the troubles, joy and million pound deals happening every day in Manctopia.

Emma Loach, BBC Documentaries Commissioning Editor, says: 'Property can be a dry financial issue - but behind every property deal is a person and a family. This series tells the stories of their lives and the highs and lows of the property process.'

Grace Reynolds and Sophie Leonard, Executive Producers from Minnow Films, say: 'We were struck by the building boom in Manchester and felt there must be a human story to tell behind the skyscrapers. We found people with compelling stories, living through an astonishing time, many of them strikingly interconnected. Through them we are able to learn all kinds of things about cities and their development, what home means to us and what the future may look like.'

Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom, BBC Two, (4x60') was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, History and Religion. The Commissioning Editor is Emma Loach. Manctopia is a Minnow Films production Executive Produced by Grace Reynolds and Sophie Leonard.

Pictured: Jennie Platt, estate agent, Manchester