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Mirror Money: TV's loan shark shocker.

IF you're thinking about borrowing money from some small, back-street outfit then watch Never, Never, C4's drama about loan sharks on Sunday and Monday next week.

It shows how loan sharks prey on the low-paid, single mums, the sick, disabled and pensioners on Britain's run-down council estate.

The drama, by award-winning writer Tony Marchant, stars John Simm as a loan shark who ends up having a relationship with one of his victims, a single mum played by Sophie Okonedo. He gets beaten up, which results in him having to live in the same conditions as his former victims. When an attempt is made to set up a credit union on his estate to beat the rogue money-lenders, he helps to get it off the ground.

The drama, which also stars Adam Kotz, explains how anyone can set up or join a credit union which offers loans at not more than 1 per cent a month. For more information about credit unions and how to find one near you ring the Association of British Credit Unions (ABCU) on 0161 832 3694 or go to its website: abcul.org
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 25, 2000
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