Channel 4 is to discover what makes the taxman tick in a three-part documentary series from Tiger Aspect.

The broadcaster has green-lit 3 x 60-minute series Meet The Taxman after the indie spent twelve months securing unprecedented access to HM Revenue and Customs.

The ob-doc series follows the government’s decision to increase HMRC’s funding by nearly £1bn and will show the impact of the investment as the department hunts down tax dodgers and follows inspectors as they pursue tax evaders.

Meet The Taxman was commissioned by head of documentaries Nick Mirsky and will be exec produced by Tiger Aspect’s head of factual Clare Handford and Simon Ford. It is directed by Marcus Sulley and series produced by Lawrence Walford, who has previously worked on series including The Boats That Built Britain for BBC4 and The Real Cherie Blair for C4.

Handford, who joined Tiger Aspect from Sky in October, said: “At a time when public and parliamentary concern is directed at tax rates and tax evasion, this series will show the work of HMRC and provide unique insights into an area which affects us all and dominates the national conversation.”

“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,” added Walford.