Misers, Bling And The Money Thing

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01The Documentary20140624
01The Documentary20140624
01The Documentary20140624
01The Documentary2014062420140625 (WS)

What influences people in their attitudes and actions to money?

01The Documentary20140624
01The Documentary20140624
01The Documentary20140624
01The Documentary20140624
01The Documentary20140624
01The Documentary20140624
01The Documentary20140624
01The Documentary20140624

What influences people in their attitudes and actions to money?

01The Documentary20140624

01The Documentary20140624

You have money to spend and you're going to spend it - or are you? Alvin Hall presents two programmes exploring the motivation behind people's actions with money.

In the first of two programmes focusing on attitudes to spending and saving, Alvin discusses why some people who have plenty of cash choose to sit on a secret nest egg, rather than spend and make their life better. The presenter, who has spent decades exploring people's attitudes towards money, asks a range of people why they have made the spending decisions they have.

Alvin speaks to Barney Curley, a hugely successful Irish gambler, who has discovered that as he gets older winning a fortune does not give him the thrill it once did. The presenter also hears Edna Hale’s story and learns how her friends were astonished to find she had left £150,000 to charity after her death – money that Edna could have used to improve her life.

Comedian Dan Nainan attributes his obsession to economy to his Japanese and Indian parents, and will only read books he can reserve for free from the library, despite hitting seven digits on his bank account.

Finally, Ben Hatch's innovative attempts to save money have seen him buy his wife's 40th birthday present from a charity shop – and forgetting to take the label off.

Picture: A plastic gold necklace pendant in the design of a US dollar, Credit: Clara Molden/PA

01The Documentary2014062420140625 (WS)

What influences people in their attitudes and actions to money?

You have money to spend and you're going to spend it - or are you? Alvin Hall presents two programmes exploring the motivation behind people's actions with money.

In the first of two programmes focusing on attitudes to spending and saving, Alvin discusses why some people who have plenty of cash choose to sit on a secret nest egg, rather than spend and make their life better. The presenter, who has spent decades exploring people's attitudes towards money, asks a range of people why they have made the spending decisions they have.

Alvin speaks to Barney Curley, a hugely successful Irish gambler, who has discovered that as he gets older winning a fortune does not give him the thrill it once did. The presenter also hears Edna Hale’s story and learns how her friends were astonished to find she had left £150,000 to charity after her death – money that Edna could have used to improve her life.

Comedian Dan Nainan attributes his obsession to economy to his Japanese and Indian parents, and will only read books he can reserve for free from the library, despite hitting seven digits on his bank account.

Finally, Ben Hatch's innovative attempts to save money have seen him buy his wife's 40th birthday present from a charity shop – and forgetting to take the label off.

Picture: A plastic gold necklace pendant in the design of a US dollar, Credit: Clara Molden/PA

02The Documentary20140701

02The Documentary2014070120140702 (WS)

If you had money to burn what would you do with it? Alvin Hall delves into the inspirations and fears that influence people’s differing attitudes towards money.

Peter de Savary has bought hotels and boats, living around the world in luxury resorts that he’s owned, but says it’s not the money he craves, but the adventure. Alvin speaks to former race horse trainer Barney Curley who has made millions on clever bets, but for whom money didn’t buy happiness. Now he is using his resources to fund education for girls in Zambia. Alvin probes whether he really didn’t get a buzz as each of his horses crossed the line first, bringing him riches. Comedian Dan Nainan attributes his obsession to economy to his Japanese and Indian parents, and will only read books he can reserve for free from the library, despite hitting seven digits on his bank account.

The man who left $187 million to charity, living frugally while stewarding a fortune for decades, the men who pay serious cash to spend time with college-educated beauties, the parent who strapped baguettes to his childrens’ legs to smuggle them into Disneyland and save the price of a lunch, and the elderly lady who relied on charity but left a substantial sum in her will - Alvin asks why.

(Photo: Clutch bag, jewellery, and detail. Credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

02The Documentary2014070120140702 (WS)

Alvin Hall delves into the inspirations and fears that influence people’s wildly differ...

Alvin Hall delves into the inspirations and fears that influence people’s wildly differing attitudes towards money.