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Ross Kemp: Extreme World

  • Season 3
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 5: Las Vegas

Summary

Ross Kemp ventures behind the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, a non-stop party town where 40 million visitors spent £15billion in 2013, discovering that the strip is far from fun for some, not helped by the recession of 2008, which plunged many people into unemployment and bankruptcy. Ross meets some of the homeless who live in the city's storm drains, hears stories of drug and gambling addiction and talks to police officers, gang members and criminals who reveal how Las Vegas is a city where extreme wealth and poverty sit side by side.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

One often wonders if Ross Kemp ever pauses to reflect upon the strange trajectory of his career. Once a household name for his long-running role as Grant Mitchell in EastEnders, he barely seems to do any acting at all these days. Instead he's far too busy trawling the globe for “extreme” encounters with people living on society's margins. 

The latest destination for the gentlemanly adventurer is Las Vegas. From the outside it looks like booming business as usual for the world's non-stop entertainment capital, but a closer look reveals the catastrophic damage caused by the recent global financial crisis. When the recession hit in 2008, Vegas went from having the lowest unemployment figures to the highest in the States. It was ravaged by more foreclosures, bankruptcies and suicides than anywhere else in the country.

Kemp meets homeless people living in the hundreds of miles of storm drains found beneath the Strip, hears terrible tales of drug and gambling addiction, discovers the widespread extent of the local sex industry, and speaks to police officers and criminals about the tragic disparity of life in Sin City. Albert Square has nothing on this.

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  • Episode 5

    Las Vegas

    Summary

    Ross Kemp ventures behind the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, a non-stop party town where 40 million visitors spent £15billion in 2013, discovering that the strip is far from fun for some, not helped by the recession of 2008, which plunged many people into unemployment and bankruptcy. Ross meets some of the homeless who live in the city's storm drains, hears stories of drug and gambling addiction and talks to police officers, gang members and criminals who reveal how Las Vegas is a city where extreme wealth and poverty sit side by side.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    One often wonders if Ross Kemp ever pauses to reflect upon the strange trajectory of his career. Once a household name for his long-running role as Grant Mitchell in EastEnders, he barely seems to do any acting at all these days. Instead he's far too busy trawling the globe for “extreme” encounters with people living on society's margins. 

    The latest destination for the gentlemanly adventurer is Las Vegas. From the outside it looks like booming business as usual for the world's non-stop entertainment capital, but a closer look reveals the catastrophic damage caused by the recent global financial crisis. When the recession hit in 2008, Vegas went from having the lowest unemployment figures to the highest in the States. It was ravaged by more foreclosures, bankruptcies and suicides than anywhere else in the country.

    Kemp meets homeless people living in the hundreds of miles of storm drains found beneath the Strip, hears terrible tales of drug and gambling addiction, discovers the widespread extent of the local sex industry, and speaks to police officers and criminals about the tragic disparity of life in Sin City. Albert Square has nothing on this.

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    rolename
    PresenterRoss Kemp
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