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TV Review – Digby Jones: The New Troubleshooter

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

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No offence to Mary "Queen of Shops" Portas, Alex "The Fixer" Polizzi, or Gordon Ramsay and his Kitchen Nightmares, but for many people, the ultimate TV business guru is former ICI chairman John Harvey-Jones.

He was better known to viewers in the 1990s as The Troubleshooter, which ran for five successful series and picked up a Bafta.

That means Digby Jones has a big job ahead of him as he takes on the mantle for this new, three-part series – Digby Jones: The New Troubleshooter – but luckily his CV suggests he's the perfect candidate.

A very successful lawyer and businessman, he started out working in his parents' shop and ended up in the House of Lords, via stints as the Director General of the CBI and Minister of State for Trade and Investment.

So, he's certainly got the knowledge and expertise to advise businesses on how to face the future in uncertain economic times – and he's also got the enthusiasm.

Jones says: "I am thrilled to be making this series of programmes. It is vital that a wider audience understands how business ticks, especially smaller businesses wherefrom will come so much of the growth and employment in our economy over the next few years."

But while he may be a big believer in the important role these firms play, pointing out that their taxes are vital to Britain's schools and hospitals, the owners shouldn't expect that he'll come in, commend them on providing a national service and tell them to simply keep up the good work.

Jones adds: "I look forward to drilling down into businesses, asking the awkward questions, thinking the unthinkable and constructively challenging the status quo.

"I want to get the audience thinking and asking questions as well, and hopefully the younger members of local communities will also find something in the programmes for them to see why developing skills is so important.

"Bring it on!"

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