Smuggled producer responds to claims Carolynne's passport wasn't removed
An executive producer Channel 4 documentary Smuggled has responded to accusations from viewers that contributor Carolynne’s passport wasn’t removed.
The programme challenged members of the public to enter Britain from another country without their passport, in an attempt to mirror how migrants try to enter the country.
Carolynne made the journey hiding in the back of the motorhome she shares with her husband David, and successfully made it into the UK.
Border crossings were filmed on cameras rigged into the motorhome, and ‘a producer’ traveled along with them.
The couple reached passport control in Portsmouth, and when it was David’s turn he handed over three passports to staff.
Viewers thought the passports were for him, the producer and Carolynne, who was meant to be traveling without her passport.
But the show’s executive producer Ed Kellie, from Screendog Productions, has insisted that wasn’t the case.
Responding to a viewer on Twitter, Ed said: ‘There were two production team in the vehicle. Carolynne’s passport was categorically not handed over.’
Before her journey, Carolynne admitted she hoped she would be spotted by Border Control.
She said: ‘I want to be stopped and whoever finds me is gonna get a big cuddle and say thank you because I will sleep tonight knowing that you’re doing your jobs.’
After successfully reaching the UK, she said: ‘I would definitely make sure that more vehicles are checked. I’d rather be waiting an hour to go through a border, knowing that nothing is being brought through.’
David added: ‘If they’re economic migrants who want to better their own lives at the expense of people already in this country, then there’s a problem.’
The show aired a disclaimer at the beginning, explaining that it was filmed before 39 people were found dead in the back of a refrigerated lorry in Essex.
Smuggled continues Monday at 9pm on Channel 4.
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