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Bank of Dave

Bank of Dave: Fighting the Fat Cats

Thu Feb 28, 10-11.05pm, C4

By Phil Harrison
The day after the original ‘Bank of Dave’ aired, Dave Fishwick received thousands of emails pledging support and wanting to open accounts. Sadly, nestling amongst them was a communication from the FSA, effectively shutting him down. Anyone who saw the original pair of documentaries can probably take a wild guess at Dave’s response. We were always going to see Dave Fishwick on television again. He’s charismatic, determined and ludicrously energetic. It also helps that he’s basically right.

His trump card is that he sees things in the same black-and-white terms as the rest of us. Why can’t he open a tiny bank when Libor riggers and vulture capitalists can beggar us all and then stroll off into the sunset? The difference is, he’s in a position to do something about it. And what do you know? By the end of this film, it seems he has. Whatever happens to his bank, Dave is great entertainment, but we’d like to think that he might have forced some genuine positive change too. Bravo.

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