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Ross Kemp travels across the country to meet people living with some of the biggest issues affecting Britain today, including immersing himself in situations to gain a first-hand taste of the difficulties they face and highlight what is really going on, often unnoticed, under the nose of mainstream society.
In the first of a two-part special to begin the second series, the actor and film-maker examines the real-life impact of dementia. He meets Scott Mitchell, the husband of his former on-screen mum Barbara Windsor, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014. Ross also travels to Leatherhead, Surrey, where he stays with Jerry Beckman, an actor, magician and keen sportsman who has early-onset dementia and Parkinson's disease.
The actor and documentary-maker continues his examination into the impact of dementia, meeting a family whose five-year-old girl has a form of the disease and a woman who needs to sell her mother's house to pay for her £70,000 annual care home fees. Ross also talks once more to Scott Mitchell, husband of his former colleague Barbara Windsor, to find out how they have been coping during lockdown.
An investigation into the problem of addiction to opioids - opium-derived drugs - which are used in powerful prescription painkillers. Ross meets a woman who ended up with a serious addiction after being prescribed drugs for her bad back. He also learns about fentanyl, a painkiller used in cancer treatment, which can be much stronger than heroin and is being advertised for sale illegally in the UK. Ross comes face to face with a drug dealer who has started cutting fentanyl into his product and meets a former chemist whose daughter died from an overdose after taking heroin laced with the drug.
The film-maker investigates how the housing crisis has resulted in some vulnerable families agreeing to be moved by local councils - sometimes many miles away from loved ones - just to keep a roof over their heads. He meets a mother of three whose temporary accommodation across London has ended up being her home for three years so far, and also hears from families in Bradford who say that refusing an offer of accommodation 200 miles away would bring shocking repercussions.
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