Many of us dream of packing in our day jobs and starting a restaurant, but few of us are brave enough. In The Restaurant Man, a brand new prime-time series for BBC Two, we follow six complete novices who turn their backs on their stable careers, risk their life savings, all for the dream of a new life. With restaurants up to three times more likely to fail than any other business, this is a risky strategy.
Enter stage left, Russell Norman, star of the cutthroat London restaurant scene, who himself opened seven restaurants, in the middle of the recession, to queues around the block. An astute and steely businessman, Russell gives these first timers the benefit of his experience during the most crucial few months before and after they open for business; but as we all know, dreams very rarely reflect reality and a rollercoaster ride ensues.