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Checking The Mail: Sherlock And Bashing Benefits Claimants

A misspelled sign on the house of 'Fungi' on James Turner Street in Birmingham, as residents of the street appear in the controversial Channel 4 series Benefits Street which has been attacked by a senior MP, who described it as a "misrepresentation" of life for people on social security. Picture date: Friday January 10, 2014. The documentary, which aired on Monday night and depicted the lives of residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, sparked hundreds of complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom and Channel 4 about the way it portrayed people on benefits. Some residents have claimed they were tricked by film-makers into taking part. But Channel 4 insists that it was "very clear and transparent" with those taking part about the nature of the programme it envisaged.

A misspelled sign on the house of ‘Fungi’ on James Turner Street in Birmingham, as residents of the street appear in the Channel 4 series Benefits Street.

 

CHANNEL 4’s documentary Benefits Street has been an absolute boon for The Daily Mail. The sound of the boners popping up must have been audible in the office as the hate-filled shitstirrers of The Daily Mail’s crack Poor People Hating unit grew aroused at the thought of some easy targets. And lo, as it was foretold, the stories of “odious” benefits ‘cheats’ have been spewing out of the Mail’s collective maw faster than crumbs flying out of Paul Dacre’s gob at lunchtime.

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Posted: 13th, January 2014 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment (1)