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Benefits Street

Channel 4 at 9:00pm (Other show times...)

Benefits Street

According to some politicians and media coverage, benefits are an easy route to a life of luxury, foreign holidays and lavish homes furnished with wide screen TVs - all at the expense of hard-working taxpayers. But as austerity continues to bite, jobs remain hard to come by and benefits are squeezed, this new observational documentary series reveals the reality of life on benefits, as the residents of one of Britain's most benefit-dependent streets invite cameras into their tight-knit community.

The series, from the makers of Make Bradford British and Why Don't You Speak English?, follows residents of 'Benefits Street' as they navigate their way through life on the bottom rung of Britain's economic ladder. It's a place where residents face challenges such as bringing up children in poverty, illiteracy, low levels of education and training, drug and alcohol dependency, and crime. But it also has a strong sense of community, where people look out for each other and where small acts of kindness can go a long way.

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Documentary series revealing the reality of life on benefits, as the residents of one of Britain's most benefit-dependent streets invite cameras into their tight-knit community....

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