The Bookmaker

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By Sarah Woods An affectionate and revealing look at life in a betting shop, and the people who spend their time and money there.

For most people, the world of the betting shop is a mystery.

But there is at least one on every high street, and every day, millions of pounds in bets are placed on horses, dogs and football.

What actually happens in the bookies? Sarah Woods new drama-documentary takes a look at one day in the life of a Coventry betting shop, following the fortunes of the men (it's nearly always men) who study the form, calculate the odds, follow their hunches, or just like a flutter.

Punters talk about their good and bad fortune and speculate on what they might do if they achieved the elusive big win.

And the manager offers some frank views on the nature of gambling and the characters who inhabit the strange world that is his betting shop.

Interspersed with the interviews are original songs written by Sarah Woods and Nick Hall, which pick up on some of the views and aspirations of the gamblers.

20030602

By Sarah Woods An affectionate and revealing look at life in a betting shop, and the people who spend their time and money there.

For most people, the world of the betting shop is a mystery.

But there is at least one on every high street, and every day, millions of pounds in bets are placed on horses, dogs and football.

What actually happens in the bookies? Sarah Woods new drama-documentary takes a look at one day in the life of a Coventry betting shop, following the fortunes of the men (it's nearly always men) who study the form, calculate the odds, follow their hunches, or just like a flutter.

Punters talk about their good and bad fortune and speculate on what they might do if they achieved the elusive big win.

And the manager offers some frank views on the nature of gambling and the characters who inhabit the strange world that is his betting shop.

Interspersed with the interviews are original songs written by Sarah Woods and Nick Hall, which pick up on some of the views and aspirations of the gamblers.