BBC Rip Off Britain 2014The BBC Rip Off Britain Pop Up Shop opened its doors at the Dudley Merry Hill shopping centre in June and once again I was behind the counter serving up healthy slices of consumer advice on all things technology and telecoms.

This is the third season of Rip Off Britain I’ve worked on for the BBC, and after Pop Up Shops in Gateshead and Liverpool I was delighted to rejoin Angela, Gloria, Julia and the team in the Midlands.

Roaming or using your mobile phone abroad was a recurring theme this year as was dealing with nuisance phone calls – in fact I’ve been investigating nuisance call blocker technology for another of this season’s episodes. Among the other items I’ve shot for this series include a film on safe online shopping and another uncovering the ingenuity of online advertising.

This year in Dudley also I ran two public workshops for the show: one on everyday mobile security and safety, revealing how public Wi-Fi hotspots might not be as safe as they seem, and another on how a lock screen passcode still isn’t enough to stop you getting stung if your smartphone gets lost or stolen.

The new series of Rip Off Britain airs on BBC One in September 2014, beginning on Monday the 15th September at 9.15am.