Blood, Sweat and Luxuries
Gems

Gems

In Britain today, what were once luxuries are fast becoming everyday items. From electrical gadgets to leather handbags and shoes, as more and more is consumed, products are becoming increasingly disposable. Would consumers care more if they knew the human cost of making luxuries? The Brits head to the isolated mining town of Ilakaka in Madagascar to discover where the gems and jewelry sold on the British high street come from.

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2018-04-20T00:00:00-07:00

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Leather

The Brits leave Madagascar and head to one of Africa's poorest countries, Ethiopia, and its capital Addis Ababa where they join some of the thousands of locals who rely on the leather industry to survive.

  • 2018-04-25T03:00:00-07:00
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Coffee

The Brits leave Ethiopia's capital behind and travel south to the famous coffee plantations of Yirgacheffe and the remote mountain village of Biolya. Here, life gets even tougher as for the first time they have no help from a local family and must survive only on the wages paid to a coffee worker. But will they be able to do enough work to afford to eat and pay rent on their simple mud hut?

Gold and E-Waste

The Brits travel to Ghana to mine one of our oldest and most precious luxuries, gold, but also discover the impact of one of Africa's newest imports, e-waste.

Electronics

The Brits leave Africa for the Philippines to discover where components for our mp3 players, DVDs and computers come from.

They join the workers in the ultra-competitive world of electronics, where productivity is everything and factories produce hundreds of thousands of components a day. It's a multi-billion-pound industry and with so much at stake five mistakes in a million is too many.

When the Brits join the highly disciplined workers on the sterile factory floor, their lack of focus becomes a major issue and Oscar quits.

City Dumpsites

After five long weeks the Brits are due to return home, but not before they learn the level of sacrifice the workers make to support their families and are able to reunite a young woman with her 2-year-old son. They also learn that the alternatives to factory life aren't quite what they seem as they meet the families who live and work in the city dumpsites.