Pawn merchants make for depressing viewing
The BBC decided to not broadcast the final episode of Good Cop this week, because of the police shootings in Manchester.
Understandable, but a shame none the less as we'll have to wait to discover the fate of PC John Paul Rocksavage, played brilliantly by Warren Brown.
Fans of this charismatic actor – also seen in Hollyoaks and as Idris Elba's sidekick in Luther – could get their fix of his rich tones in the voiceover of last night's Cash Britain, a strangely compelling half-hour documentary.
I've never seen the inside of a pawn shop, nor would I wish to if this heavily-fortified Birmingham establishment is anything to go by.
It's a family affair run by Gerry Snr and his kids Gez Jnr and Sammy, described as Daddy's Little Princess.
Despite their cheery demeanour and merry banter, it's a fairly depressing business.
Customers are usually pawning items for ready cash or redeeming them for even more cash.
Chef Greg treats the pawning of his Rolex watch as an emergency loan when customers won't pay their bills and no money can be had from the banks.
After six months he's back with £617 to redeem it.
Even George's watch – in pieces in a plastic bag – is worth £75 for scrap gold value.
Gerry Snr can spot a fake easily enough, but even he and the team can get their fingers burned. Watches they loaned £10,000 for haven't been redeemed and they need to recover their value. They are genuine, but diamond additions were not carried out by the makers and they have to make a £1,250 loss on the deal.
Saddest story of all? Lavinia, a pensioner whose home had been burgled.
She lost an engagement ring and a locket from her late husband. Only worth a few quid for scrap.