All over Britain, the economic crisis is causing businesses to go bust. Now one man wants to help. Sir Gerry Robinson, one of the UK's most respected entrepreneurs, is prepared to risk millions of his own money to rescue those he believes don't deserve to fail. In each episode, two British businesses whose futures hang precariously in the balance must persuade Gerry that they're potentially profitable, before he makes his big decision: which, if any, business to invest in.

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2009-07-02

Gerry's Big Decision - Gerry Ryan - Netflix

Gerard Ryan (5 June 1956 – 30 April 2010) was an Irish presenter of radio and television employed by Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). He presented The Gerry Ryan Show on radio station RTÉ 2fm each weekday morning from 1988 until hours before his sudden death. He was presented with a Jacob's Award for this show in 1990. Ryan hosted several series of television shows, including Secrets, Gerry Ryan Tonight, Ryantown, Gerry Ryan's Hitlist, Ryan Confidential and the first three series of Operation Transformation. In 1987, he earned notoriety and the moniker “Lambo” after an unpleasant incident in Connemara. He was also noted for co-presenting, with Cynthia Ní Mhurchú, Eurovision Song Contest 1994 and, in 2008, presenting an edition of The Late Late Show, television's longest-running chat show, in place of the then regular host Pat Kenny. An autobiography, Would the Real Gerry Ryan Please Stand Up, was published in October 2008. He married Morah Brennan in 1988 and they had five children: Lottie, Rex, Bonnie, Elliott and Babette. In 1997, Morah famously telephoned her husband's show and, under the name Norah, told half a million listeners intimate details concerning his personal household habits. Gerry and Morah announced their separation in March 2008. He soon began a relationship with the former South African Ambassador to Ireland and the then UNICEF Ireland executive director, Melanie Verwoerd. Ryan was found dead in his Dublin flat on 30 April 2010.

Gerry's Big Decision - Early life - Netflix

Ryan was born in Dublin in 1956. He described his father, Vinnie, as a “slightly eccentric” dentist from a Presbyterian background and his mother, Maureen, as “a flamboyant woman” who came from a theatrical background and worked in the theatre. His godfather was broadcaster Eamonn Andrews. He learnt to shoot with Charles Haughey's children. He had two brothers, Michael and Vincent. He was educated at St Paul's College, Raheny. Ryan's mother died on Christmas Day 2006.

Gerry's Big Decision - References - Netflix