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Back to the Floor, Series 3 (8 Parts)

Synopsis
Series in which top managers spend a week on the shop floors of their companies, providing an insight into corporate management, communication and efficiency. Thee executives must learn to cope with their own leadership failures by working at the bottom of the companies they run.
Series
Back to the Floor, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 8 x 30 min.
Year of production
1999
Availability
Sale; 2001 sale: £300.00 (+VAT +p&p) series
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 from 28/10/99.
Subjects
Business studies
Keywords
management of change; management skills

Credits

Producer
Hugh Dehn
Contributor
Robert Thirkell

Sections

Title
Supermarket swap
Synopsis
1: With Sainsbury's falling behind its supermarket rivals, group chief executive dino Adriano goes to work in one of his own stores to find out how the company can reclaim its lead.

Title
On the rails
Synopsis
2: Giles Fearnley leaves his job as chief executive of Prism Rail's West Anglian Great Northern Line to work as a platform supervisor in Cambridge, where he meets problems of long queues, a lack of ticket machines, demanding staff and angry customers.

Title
Fast food
Synopsis
3: David Ford, who runs Gardner Merchant caterers, spend a week as a trainee catering manager in the Main Pavilion at Royal Ascot, lurching from crisis to crisis.

Title
Write stuff, The
Synopsis
4: David Sullivan, owner of the 'Sport' newspapers, works as a reporter at the group's Manchester office. His duties include organising a topless photo shoot and interview a woman who claims that Elvis Presley fathered her child.

Title
Child’s play 1
Synopsis
5: Floyd Ballantyne, head of PGL, Europe's largest children's holiday company, works as a 'groupie at Boreatton Park, his largest centre, looking after 24 children.

Title
Breaking the mould 1
Synopsis
6: Brian Petterson, chief executive of Wedgwood, returns to the pottery's factory floor in Stoke-on-Trent and gets a shock after witnessing the working conditions.

Title
No place like home 1
Synopsis
7: David Batts, managing director of the Radisson Edwardian chain of hotels and chairman of the London Tourist Boards, works in different posts ranging from chambermaid to concierge at the Marlborough and Kenilworth hotels.

Title
Down to earth 1
Synopsis
8: Roger Cato, the managing director of Heathrow airport, works as a customer services duty manager, coping with everything from irate passengers to a possible bomb.

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning - now BBC Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Web
https://www.bbcstudioslearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 20 8433 1009
Address
BBC Studios Limited
Television Centre
101 Wood Lane
London
W12 7FA
UK
Notes
The BBC Active company has now been absorbed within BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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