Benefits Street Live Debate ( 1 x 60′) – A live debate around the issues brought to the fore by the observational documentary series Benefits Street. The series, filmed over the course of 12 months, documents the reality of life on a street in Birmingham where the majority of households are dependent on benefits and in an area of Birmingham that has had the highest rate of unemployment in the country for the last eight years. It has attracted a great deal of attention – generating tens of thousands of responses on Twitter, press headlines and questions raised in parliament.
The debate programme will be live and interactive allowing viewers to submit questions; it will be chaired by broadcaster Richard Bacon. The panellists will be confirmed closer to transmission but will represent the views across the political spectrum – and crucially those who claim benefits.
Channel: Channel 4
Producer: Mentorn Media
TX: 10th February 2014
Source: Channel 4 press release