Here's a surprising credit crunch victim. It Pays to Watch, the pisspoor money saving television show of professional meanie Martin Lewis, has been axed by Five just as Lewis and his team prepared for the filming of a fourth series.
"It's quite bizarre that the credit crunch programme’s been credit crunched [and] I’m sad to see such a worthwhile public service programme go," muses the rather self-regarding Lewis on his blog. "But I’ve been overcommitted for a long time and am relieved I may only need to work six days a week at the start of 2009."
Still, my man on the cutting room floor reckons that filming IPtW was not as time-consuming for Lewis as it could have been, chiefly because he insisted on all footage being shot close to his west London base. Anyway, Lewis was still believed to be trousering around £20k a series, so no doubt he'll now be looking for a few cuts of his own.