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New TV series explores work of British Consulates in Spain

Helen Keating (left) a staff member of the British Consulate in Spain provides consular assistance to a prisoner. Photo: British Embassy

Maria Leng, British Consul for the Canary Islands. Photo: British Embassy

29/02/2012 Canary Islands/ Spain (KMC) - A new Channel 4 TV series covers how staff of British Consulates in Spain help citizens in distress.

The programme will cover problems which often affect Britons abroad such as lost and stolen passports and the costs and consequences of failing to buy holiday insurance. It will also follow consular staff as they visit holiday makers who end up in hospital and meet expat residents to hear their property concerns.

The first programme will air this Thursday 1st March at 22.00. The other two episodes will air at the same time on Thursday 8th and 15th of March.

The three part series is entitled ‘Our Man In..’ and was filmed last summer in the popular tourist locations of Mallorca, Ibiza, Alicante, Barcelona and Tenerife. The British Consulates in Spain are among the busiest in the world.

“The series shows the hard work and professionalism of our staff in helping British expats and holidaymakers abroad” says Maria Leng, British Consul for the Canary Islands. “we’re here to assist, and residents and tourists can find even more information on our ukinspain website.”

Above all the series reveals the consequences of failing to prepare properly for a holiday. Even if you’re staying with friends and family, travelling without insurance could cost you many thousands of pounds if you’re injured abroad.

“Losing your passport will cost you time and money”, says Maria Leng. “And without an EHIC health card, you’ll find it harder to get medical care. By taking a few simple precautions, you can avoid a dream holiday turning into a nightmare.” 

More information about the activities of British Consulates in Spain, how they can help you and contact details for your nearest consulate are all available on the website at <span style="background-color: yellow; border:2px red solid; color: black;"><span style="background-color: yellow; border:2px red solid; color: black;">http://ukinspain.fco.gov.uk/en/</span></span>.

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