In the February of 2015 we were involved in the filming of Dominic Littlewoods’ ITV series ‘Bad Builders – Bang to Rights’. The series involved rigging houses with secret cameras to catch rogue tradesman and bad builders bang to rights. We helped Littlewood in catching a suspected rogue drainage company in the third episode of the series.
This involved us going to a rented property in Leatherhead and cleaning and checking over the complete drainage system for defects. Once we had proved the system was satisfactory, we set a trap by blocking up an external drain with some cooking fat, silt and general debris and allowed water to overflow and create a flooded area to the side of the house. The work involved to resolve the ‘blockage’ was a simple manual job that could be done in minutes and at minimal cost.
Several concealed cameras were set up at the property and an actress called out the suspected drainage company, acting as the homeowner. The company would then be tasked with evaluating our laid-out trap, so that we could analyse how they performed.
This company attended and diagnosed a blocked drain and carried out some jetting and cleaning works, which generated a cost. However, they were acting suspiciously towards the end of the job and became more inquisitive to the point they discovered one of the hidden cameras. They made some comments upon finding it was recording and they were filmed removing it and taking it with them as they left the site!
The production company took it up from there and managed to get the equipment returned.
Once this chain of events had occurred, we went back to site and along with the presenter, Dominic Littlewood, sat in a van viewing the events on screens and made comments on the whole process…set up as though we were viewing it in real time.
You can watch the episode we were featured in using the link below, we appear nearer the end of the episode: