Channel 4 commissions HMRC documentary
Channel 4 has commissioned a three-episode fly-on-the-wall documentary series about HMRC, set to be aired in 2015.
The documentary will feature three 60-minute episodes and will follow Revenue inspectors and investigators on the frontline as they try to collect tax and catch evaders.
Tiger Aspect Productions, the team behind the documentary, said it spent a year securing "unique and unprecedented" access to HMRC.
The series promises to show tax inspectors targeting "high-risk" sectors, including plumbers, doctors, offshore bank accounts and high net worth individuals.
In addition, viewers will also be shown what the Revenue does to help the people and businesses that do pay their taxes.
An HMRC spokesperson confirmed that it is working on the series, due to be aired "next year".
“Last year HMRC collected over £460bn, received over 60 million phone calls, supported those who want to play by the rules and pursued the minority who don't," said the spokesman.
"This is only possible because of our dedicated workforce who serve virtually every person in the country. We think it’s time a TV audience has the opportunity to meet some of these people and get a sense of what goes on behind the scenes in running the UK tax system."
The reasoning behind the documentary, according to the Channel 4 website is HMRC's £1bn in extra funding allocated by the government in their "war on tax dodgers."
Head of documentaries at the channel, Nick Mirsky, said that the Revenue has been depicted as suspicious and mistrustful - but that this documentary will show that there's more to the job than public perception.
Series producer Lawrence Walford added: “We all have a mental picture of the taxman as someone who takes away our hard earned cash. But during the last year, I've realised there is much more to this job than meets the eye.
"There are some fascinating stories and unexpected characters which will make for a compelling documentary series."