May 14 2010 by Clair Fullarton, Kilmarnock Standard
A REALITY TV show is to shine a spotlight on one of Kilmarnock’s most deprived areas.
The Scheme, which starts on BBC Scotland on Tuesday evening, follows six families who live in the north-west of the town.
The four-part documentary, made by Friel Kean Films, will follow the families and chart their ups and downs over the course of a year.
The six families include the Cunningham family, headed by parents Gordon and Annie, self confessed former heavy drinkers and hell-raisers, who are struggling to keep their children from following in their footsteps.
The Cree family alos feature. They are working across the generations to try to resurrect a local community hall.
Then there’s mum of two Kay, who opens her home to people in trouble.
Husband and wife Harry and Betty and their ongoing campaign to clinch a particular competition cup for their beloved garden are also stars of the programme.
Marvin, who has used heroin in the past, but now dreams of settling down and having a family of his own is filmed as girlfriend Dayna moves in with him and dog Bullet.
And desperate mum Libby, who struggles daily to keep her family together, is also being followed for a year.
Tuesday’s episode starts with dad Gordon laying down the law on a 10pm curfew for his 15-year-old daughter Kimberley and then latterly fighting back the tears as his oldest son, Brian, is sent to prison.
Kay’s household is then introduced, including the two people she is helping by giving them a roof over their heads.
Marvin and Dayna’s relationship is revealed to be a rollercoaster one and mum Annie Cunningham reflects on her efforts to keep her youngest Kimberley away from drugs through dancing.
Says Annie: “The dancing keeps her occupied. I complain about the price, the suits, but it keeps her well away from a lot of bad stuff.”