Rogue Traders (TV series)

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Rogue Traders
Rogue Traders BBC One.jpg
Presenter Matt and (previous co-presenter) Dan
Genre Consumer
Presented by Matt Allwright
Dan Penteado (2001–2012)
Narrated by Matt Allwright
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Running time 30–60 minutes (Original format)
60 minutes (Watchdog format)
Original network BBC One
Original release 2001–2010 (main show),
2009–present (as part of Watchdog)
Related shows Watchdog (since 1980)
Rogue Restaurants (2008)
External links

Rogue Traders was a prime-time BBC One presenter-led investigative consumer affairs television series starring Matt Allwright, an investigative journalist and (until 2012) former presenter and side-kick, Dan Penteado who has worked as a private investigator around Europe and the UK.

Rogue Traders began in 2001 and has run for nine series on BBC One.[1] Allwright scripts and films much of the series himself, resulting in an improvised and humourous feel to the show. An occasional catchphrase used during the show is "We never give up."

The programme exposes dubious working practices of tradesmen such as double-glazing salesmen, second-hand car dealers, gas fitters, mechanics, roofers, plumbers and domestic rubbish collectors.

Since 10 September 2009, a new one-hour revamp of the consumer-affairs programme Watchdog began airing, incorporating Rogue Traders as a segment of the show.


Rogue Traders motif is to film unscrupulous door-to-door tradesmen and salesmen, using hidden cameras and actors playing the "victim" (often elderly widows) and then use the evidence to confront them at the end of the programme.

The show usually uses an honest tradesman and sometimes specialist lawyers to provide expert knowledge and commentary. Using these techniques, the programme has "named and shamed" many businesses and individuals who had previously evaded sanction.

Among others, they have investigated the dubious working practices of double-glazing companies, second-hand car dealers, gas fitters, mechanics, roofers, plumbers and domestic rubbish collectors.[2]

Allwright and Penteado originally used a Honda Super Blackbird motorcycle to travel from one place to another, usually wearing biking leathers throughout the programme. The bike was then changed to a Kawasaki ZZR1400.

In the fourth series, Allwright upped the stakes by using a disguise, being made up as a seventy-year-old Welsh man, Roger. He therefore fooled the "rogues" that he was Roger for some time before revealing his true identity.

From the fifth series onwards, Matt Allwright has gone one step further and now has a choice of disguises. He can be made up into 22-year-old rocker Joe, middle aged eco-warrior Bob, the elderly Stan, or Jimmy, a "non-specific Eastern European builder".

On 2 August 2008, a six-part spin-off show was launched called Rogue Restaurants, where Matt Allwright and Anita Rani investigate and secretly film restaurants across the UK in order to expose illegal and dangerous practices by restaurant managers and staff. They were accompanied by Dr Lisa Ackerley, a Food Safety Expert who was able to give an expert opinion to Matt and Anita.[3]

Arrest of Dan Penteado[edit]

On 13 June 2012, Dan Penteado was due in court to face charges of illegally claiming housing and council tax benefit after a council benefit officer had recognised Penteado on television and matched his name to their records. He failed to appear in court and a warrant for his arrest was issued.[4] He later appeared in Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on 25 June, where his solicitor, Terrence Scanlan argued the fraud took place between 2008 to 2012 when he was working part-time for the BBC and had made the "very poor judgment not to interrupt the flow of housing benefit".[5] He admitted eight offences of dishonestly or knowingly claiming housing and council tax benefits totaling more than £24,000, while he had been paid more than £56,000 for his work on Rogue Traders from 2008 to 2011[6] and was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison on 17 July 2012.[7] The council bringing the case to court sought to recover the overpayments and was successful, with Penteado having subsequently repaid £210 of this by July.[8][9]

A statement released from the BBC afterwards ended his work on Watchdog "In light of the prosecution, Dan Penteado will not be returning to Rogue Traders."[10]

Episode list[edit]

Spring 2014[edit]

No. in
Title Original air date
1 "Gold Parking LTD" 14 May 2014
2 "Great British Mobility" 21 May 2014
3 "Cooper's Fine Art Auctions" 28 May 2014
4 "Mobile Car and Commercial Repairs" 4 June 2014
5 "Appliance Service Direct LTD." 11 June 2014
6 18 June 2014
7 "Makeover London LTD." 25 June 2014
8 "Rogues: The Next Chapter" 2 July 2014

Autumn 2014[edit]

No. in
Title Original air date
1 "Pure and Cool" 16 October 2014
2 "UK Damp and Decay Control" 23 October 2014
3 "Ideal Engines and Gearboxes" 30 October 2014
4 "Blessed Electricals" 6 November 2014
5 "British Solar" 13 November 2014
6 "Indesigned Kitchens" 20 November 2014
7 "Connect London" 27 November 2014

Spring 2015[edit]

No. in
Title Original air date
1 "Yes Car Hire" 14 May 2015
2 "Fowler's Finance" 21 May 2015
3 "Skyforce LTD." 28 May 2015
4 "Brighter Homes Solutions LTD." 4 June 2015
5 "CV7 Appliances" 11 June 2015
6 "Pheonixing" 18 June 2015
7 "TBA" 25 June 2015

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Consumer - TV and radio". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Watchdog". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rogue Restaurants". BBC. 
  4. ^ "BBC Rogue Traders' presenter Dan Penteado charged with benefit fraud". 14 June 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dan Penteado sentenced". Huffington Post. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "BBC News - BBC Rogue Traders' Dan Penteado admits benefit fraud". 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  7. ^ "BBC News - BBC Rogue Traders' Dan Penteado jailed for benefit fraud". 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  8. ^ "BBC Rogue Traders presenter admits £24,000 fraud". Huffington Post. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Penteado jailed Wave 105.2FM". Wave 105.2FM. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Milanian, Keyan (18 July 2012). "Dan Penteado fired and jailed". Daily Star. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 

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