Personal Services Required

Wednesday 23 July 2008

In the last programme of the series, two employers look for a house manager to oversee the smooth running of the household and any staff that go with it. Thomas Hughes owns a marketing agency. His wife left him three years ago and, with two teen daughters, he desperately needs help running the house. Three prospective house managers – Allan, Patricia and Roxana – also spend two days on the 200-acre Yorkshire estate of Lady Swinton. She needs a reliable house manager to look after the estate and all the staff there. The trio agree to undergo trial periods and it soon becomes clear that the real challenge for Lady Swinton is finding someone who fits in with her existing staff, while in Buckinghamshire, Thomas’s daughters are proving a handful…

Wednesday 16 July 2008

Working single mum AJ depends on au pairs to help look after her daughters, Virginie and Jocelyn. Karen and Joel Balducci are hairdressers who each own a franchise of Tony and Guy. They previously had a nanny to help look after their two year old daughter Sasha in their Essex home. But they’ve discovered that having an au pair is a much cheaper option. Julia, Chloe and Malado are three au pairs, all looking for work, who have agreed to undergo trial periods. But things are never that simple, and the inevitable fireworks are never too far away.

Wednesday 9 July 2008

The Grassos consider themselves a young, busy and dynamic family, and need a housekeeper with enough experience to keep their five-bed executive home in Bedfordshire. Meanwhile, the Walsh,es who run a luxury dog resort and spa, need a housekeeper who is willing to help walk and pamper their doggy guests. It soon becomes clear that the real challenge for the Walshes will be finding someone who’ll love their canine guests as much as they do. Meanwhile, the Grassos’ long working hours and need for a chauffeur hat to be worn on trips to town seem to be causing problems.

Wednesday 2 July

Today one in three families employs some form of domestic help. But finding the right match can be as difficult as finding love. Each week this brand new four-part series focuses on a different area of domestic help as two families are given a chance to road-test three hand-picked candidates. The candidates and employers then come face to face to discuss the good, the bad and ugly of the trials. Expect home truths and candid revelations as it’s revealed who, if anyone, will walk away with a job. In tonight’s opening episode, two employers road test three personal assistants.

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