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After 'poverty porn', BBC TV show offers brighter side of sector's work

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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After the outrage over Channel 4’s 'Benefits Street', British television is planning a daytime show which shows a positive side of the work of council housing officers in dealing with troublesome landlords and properties.

The BBC1 programme, called 'The Housing Enforcers', features cuddly Matt Allwright heading to Sandwell in the Midlands. Allwright is a famous face from TV shows such as 'Watchdog' with Anne Robinson.

The new 10 x 45 minute series involves Allwright teaming up with Britain's housing officers to help tenants with problems in rented housing. The producers Twofour worked with Sandwell Council to secure access to housing officers working in the area.

The Housing Enforcers starts at 9.15am on BBC1 this coming Monday and will be shown weekdays. Spoiler alert for Tuesday’s episode: "Matt uncovers tragic overcrowding in a tiny terrace house and finds a house so damp it has sprouted fungus that looks like it belongs under the sea."

In this new series, the BBC promises "Matt will take a stand on the frontline in a battle between landlords and tenants". What’s more, "he will hit the books and join the ranks as a trainee housing officer, working shoulder to shoulder with his colleagues to search out bad landlords, tackle problem properties, deal with the consequences of nightmare neighbours and come to the rescue of neglected tenants".

It’s not all good news. Channel 4 has begun filming the second series of controversial show 'Benefits Street', this time in Stockton-on-Tees, despite an outcry by local people.

The show's first series in Birmingham prompted over 1,800 viewer complaints, with critics labelling it 'poverty porn' that demonised people claiming state welfare.

Photo: Matt Allwright takes on the role of trainee housing officer.

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