Prisoner' Terry in TV protest

PUBLISHED: 12:45 24 May 2007 | UPDATED: 15:06 12 May 2010

Terry Hutt hopes his protest will spark a chain reaction - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2389DW1

Terry Hutt hopes his protest will spark a chain reaction - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2389DW1

CAMPAIGNER Terry Hutt has always believed in the motto Power to the People . And after leading a number of successful campaigns he is now lending his support to a BBC 2 documentary. Through a variety of stunts, former Newsnight reporter Tim Samuels has

CAMPAIGNER Terry Hutt has always believed in the motto 'Power to the People'.

And after leading a number of successful campaigns he is now lending his support to a BBC 2 documentary.

Through a variety of stunts, former Newsnight reporter Tim Samuels has devised a documentary series, Power to the People, that focuses on the plight of sectors of society.

The series has already seen Mr Samuels move an entire Cornish Village to Islington, and help a platoon of 'abandoned' soldiers build their own monument beside Nelson's Column.

In Monday's episode, Mr Samuels shines light on the standard of care in residential homes, in which 72-year-old Mr Hutt, leads 30 pensioners into a London police station dressed as a prisoner.

Mr Hutt said: "The idea was to make people sit up and take notice.

"All over the country standards in residential homes are very low and something needs to be done.

"Don't get me wrong, there are lots that provide great care, but at the same time there are also lots that don't."

Mr Hutt said the programme was all about making a difference and believes the documentary will help improve standards of care.

Mr Hutt, who lives in Whaddon, was contacted after the programme's producers found out about his years of campaigning.

He said: "I've been supporting this for more than 20 years, and I'm glad they contacted me.

"To be involved in this has been fun, and when we went into the police station we certainly turned a few heads.

"We wanted to show how some pensioners would rather go to prison than be in one of these homes - I think some of them would be looked after better!

"Hopefully, those in the wrong will pull their socks up, because a decent home today is a decent home tomorrow."

- Power to the People will be shown on BBC 2 on Monday at 9pm.

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