The Martin Lewis Money Show

Tuesday, 25 September 2012, 7:30PM – 8:00PM

Fighting for the consumer and cutting bills without cutting back – The Martin Lewis Money Show is designed to help viewers get the best deals for their dough.

Speaking to those who want to save money – from workers on the car production line at Ford to the crew of a Royal Navy ship – Martin Lewis delivers a weekly masterclass with practical, money saving tips.

Each week key issues like reclaiming mis-sold payment protection insurance, cutting fuel bills and getting the best deal on family holidays are at the core of the programme.

Reporter Saira Khan will be using Martin’s advice to see if she can save money too – finding cheap MOTs for her car, haggling in the high street and discovering that credit cards aren’t all bad as long as you pay them off – in full.

Interview (also embargeod as stated at top):

1) DO YOU THINK A SHOW LIKE THIS IS NEEDED IN THESE AUSTERE TIMES?

In austere times, in boom times, in middling times – it’s always a good time to save money. This isn’t just about making ends meet, it’s about ensuring everyone maximises what income they have to lead the best life possible. The extra cash may go to a five-star holiday for some, while for others it’ll reduce hideous debts that stop you sleeping at night.

2) WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THIS SHOW? WHAT’S IN IT?

The clue is in the title – I’m the Money Saving Expert – it’s what I do. Nothing will be in the show unless people can actually act on the back of it and save themselves money. I’m not into issues, I’m into practical action that puts cash into people’s pockets – from finding cheap train fares to reclaiming mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI), to claiming uniform tax rebates, to cutting energy bills.

In fact, the challenge isn’t showing people how to save, that’s easy. It’s getting them to follow it up. This isn’t about cutting back. It’s about people using their money better.

Most importantly, it’s not a voyeuristic show about case studies. We’ll be running masterclasses and we want the viewer to be a part of this – talking directly to them to help people make those crucial decisions.

3) HOW HAS WORKING WITH FORMER APPRENTICE STAR SAIRA KHAN BEEN?

I am loving working with Saira, I’m not sure who talks quicker between the two of us, but I think she’s even more excitable than me.

Her role is to ask the questions the public would. I’m unabashedly a geek, I love what I do and nerdy money solutions turn me on. She’s there to say – it’s all very well, but isn’t it just too much hassle? I need that, or I go off in a spreadsheet-driven whirl.

4) HOW DID YOU BECOME THE PEOPLE’S FINANCIAL EXPERT?

This was a passion of mine – I worked first in the City and then trained to be a journalist. I went to the BBC business unit, then to Simply Money TV (a satellite channel) in 2000, which gave me the opportunity to have my own show, where I came up with the MoneySaving concept – essentially investigative, spread-sheet based journalism into consumer products.

That meant I never relied on outside research, but on spreadsheets and proper number-crunching. I nearly gave up at one point, and it took a few years to take off, but then I got my big break on television on This Morning in 2003 at the same time as starting MoneySavingExpert.com, my website, and I haven’t stopped since.

The combination of TV and a site which soon exploded into the UK’s biggest consumer website meant I was able to get a bit political. Many will know me as the big gob-in-chief of reclaiming bank charges, PPI and council tax. An industry has grown up on the back of that now, but I still yell for people do it for free.
As for the big campaign going forward, well, getting financial education on the curriculum is number one. I’m gritting my teeth to push it to happen before my child, due in November, starts school.

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