Mary Queen Of Shops

7:30pm Friday, November 18 on TV One

Retail guru, Mary Portas has a mission: to keep Britain’s nation of small shopkeepers where they belong: on the High Streets. Four failing fashion boutiques, who are struggling to survive in the face of fierce high street competition, will be taught the tricks of the trade the big boys use to get shoppers through their doors.

Tonight, Mary is in the South Yorkshire town of Doncaster to help turnaround Homeboy, a boutique trying to sell men’s and women’s wear to the party crowd. Owner, Cath Taylor, blames the arrival of a new shopping centre for the down turn in her fortunes – she’s gone from making �100,000 profit a year to losing �6,000.

It takes Mary just one night out in Doncaster to find Cath’s shopping tribe, the ‘Disciples of Beckham’. But with celebrity collections like Kate Moss at Top Shop, Mary’s got to give Homeboy an entirely new image if it’s going to compete.

A new name, new labels and a new shopfloor are all in the offing, but Cath’s partner and menswear manager, Jock, is not convinced Mary has the answers and nearly blows the entire marketing campaign by ignoring Mary’s advice during a pitch to a national magazine.

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7:30pm Friday, November 11 on TV One

In part two of this three-part series, Britain’s favourite national retail guru, Mary Portas continues her quest to transform the country’s charity shops and the way people perceive them.

Tonight, Mary throws open the doors of her retail academy in central London – and she now has to teach a class of volunteers how to raise their game and their profits.

But Mary’s new ideas are not well recieved.

Back at Mary’s shop in Orptington, big changes are underway as she’s convinced head office to pay for a shop manager and to give her �15,000 to create a radical shop fit.

But there’s dissent in the ranks as Mary’s grey army, who have years of service under their belts, lose faith in Mary’s plans. By the time the shop is relaunched Mary’s wondering if she’s gone too far.

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7:30pm Friday, November 4 on TV One

In this three-part series beginning tonight on TV ONE, Britain’s favourite retail guru, Mary Portas, is transforming the country’s charity shops and the way people perceive them.

Many charity shops have become little more than dumping grounds and up to 70 percent of donated stock is un-saleable and has to be sent for rag or straight to landfill. In some cases, charity shops end up paying thousands of pounds just to get rid of the rubbish.

Mary’s going to change all that. She believes that charity shops deserve a more prestigious place on the high street and that it’s time that everyone woke up to their potential as shopping destinations. In order to fully understand charity shop life, Mary is turning shopkeeper and taking control of one store in a bid to increase their profits. Can Mary teach the old dears who run it new tricks? Can she overhaul the sad and tired clothes and bric-a-brac that currently get dumped at the shop door? Will it work? There’s only one way to find out.

Missed an episode of Mary, Queen Of Shops? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘ondemand’.