As they say in the North, 'where there's muck, there's brass'. Straight-talking Terry Walker and his Essex-glam wife Lyndsay have discovered this to their fortune. They're millionaires thanks to Metro Salvage, the scrap company they've run for over 20 years. They live in a mock Tudor footballers-wives-sort-of house and the motley crew of rough diamonds they employ I think makes for engaging TV. Boyle has been with Terry since he left school at 14, while Dave credits working at Metro for keeping him alive and probably preventing him doing a life sentence.
I love the way 'cash is king' up there in Bolton, as if credit cards haven't arrived yet, and I guess the employees either don't believe in banks, or just haven't got around to sorting an account out. The provision of an onsite cafe run by two sisters is a master stroke, both in keeping the staff from straying, dispensing good food on credit, and providing homely advice, all in a one-stop-setting.
This is the set up, as nicely summed-up by a comment I saw on a review site:-
Like all of these "fly on the wall" "docs", scenes are staged or re-staged for the cameras, people are "performing" as themselves... for the cameras, a narrative has been stitched together from individual scenes... for the cameras, scenes have been selected to form that narrative from all available footage, whether it was originally in time/event sequence or not...
You get the idea. It is "real" in the sense that the performers are not professional actors, and the location is a real scrapyard, but pretty much everything else is up for manipulation by way of creative licence.Hyper-active Boyle, a young man who schooling gave up on at the age of 14, is very recognisable indeed having been diagnosed as having ADHD. He drifted towards the scrapyard run by Terry and the young scallywag clearly reminded him of his own youth. By the second episode we see the boss trying the manic young lad out on the yards massive telescopic grab, to the utter amazement of the other staff. But what's highly illuminating is to see his change in demeanour when doing something he's really interested in and the concentration he can muster when given a chance.
I know all this is to a certain extent 'set-up' TV, but not even these canny producers can fake and cleverly edit everything. Pretty much illiterate, Boyle nevertheless gets full marks in the machinery written exam both to his, and everyone else's, astonishment. As he jubilantly exclaims, it's the first certificate he's ever gained, indeed the only one he's ever had a go at. I found the essential message of hope and triumph over adversity to be the perfect antidote to endless TR crap. I look forward to further episodes as Boyle no doubt has a few close shaves and lucky escapes along the way. But that's probation all over isn't it?