'Benefits Street' to return despite deluge of complaints
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Controversial documentary 'Benefits Street' is to return for a second series, despite the first series facing an Ofcom investigation.
The media regulator is due to follow up on over 1,800 viewer complaints about the five-part show that followed the daily lives of the people living on James Turner Street in Birmingham.
Many critics have labelled the show "poverty porn" and have claimed that it demonised people claiming state welfare.
However, despite the storm of protest, Channel 4 is now inviting people living on "similar streets" around the UK to get in contact about the possibility of their neighbourhood appearing on the show.
The first series was a massive ratings success for Channel 4, pulling in over five million viewers at its peak.
On its website, the broadcaster says: "If you have been affected by the issues raised in the first series and would like the opportunity to talk to one of our team about your street and the reality of life on benefits, please email us."