Channel Four decides not to film Benefits Street in Birkenhead North

Cllr Jim Crabtree and Frank Harrison with copy of letter sent to residents in Fairbrook Drive last week

Cllr Jim Crabtree and Frank Harrison with copy of letter sent to residents in Fairbrook Drive last week

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

CHANNEL 4 has decided not to film a new series of their infamous reality show Benefits Street in Birkenhead North.

Last week residents in Fairbrook Drive received letters from programme makers Love Productions, inviting them to take part in a potential second series of the reality show.

It sparked outrage from householders, who told the Globe they would not be taking part in the programme.

Now Channel 4 has backed down in the face of protests.

A spokesman for the channel said: "As part of research producers spoke to two residents of Fairbrook Drive in Birkenhead and to Magenta Housing.

"We are not planning to feature the street in the series."

Bidston councillor Jim Crabtree said "Commonsense has prevailed.

"It's brilliant news that people have seen the show for what is.

"They have stood up and said no to this.”

The controversial documentary series launched in January and attracted more than 4.3 million viewers – better figures than any show the channel broadcast in 2013.

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6:51pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Jack Boot says...

I'm dissapointed that this won't happen, as I was hoping it would highlight the abuse of public funds and mismangement by those in local power whom have turned the once respected and proud North End into the desert of broken bottles, bricks and hopes that it is now.
I'm dissapointed that this won't happen, as I was hoping it would highlight the abuse of public funds and mismangement by those in local power whom have turned the once respected and proud North End into the desert of broken bottles, bricks and hopes that it is now. Jack Boot
  • Score: -2

8:43pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Joeblogg85 says...

This decision is a good thing for the area. Can't understand Magenta speaking with them in the first place. Gutter television has no place here.
This decision is a good thing for the area. Can't understand Magenta speaking with them in the first place. Gutter television has no place here. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 16

2:26pm Sat 15 Mar 14

bigfoot says...

Some people have lost their 15 minutes of fame!
Some people have lost their 15 minutes of fame! bigfoot
  • Score: -7

5:19pm Sat 15 Mar 14

benny07 says...

DID YOU KNOW THE BBC FUNDED THIS GARBAGE & GAVE IT TO CHANNEL 4 TO AIR,,LETS FACE IT THE BBC CUD,NT AIR IT SINCE THEY ARE THE MOUTHPIECE OF THIS SHAMBOLIC TORY/LIB GOVERMENT..
DID YOU KNOW THE BBC FUNDED THIS GARBAGE & GAVE IT TO CHANNEL 4 TO AIR,,LETS FACE IT THE BBC CUD,NT AIR IT SINCE THEY ARE THE MOUTHPIECE OF THIS SHAMBOLIC TORY/LIB GOVERMENT.. benny07
  • Score: 6

4:52pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Jayo says...

benny07 wrote:
DID YOU KNOW THE BBC FUNDED THIS GARBAGE & GAVE IT TO CHANNEL 4 TO AIR,,LETS FACE IT THE BBC CUD,NT AIR IT SINCE THEY ARE THE MOUTHPIECE OF THIS SHAMBOLIC TORY/LIB GOVERMENT..
The BBC is so biased to the left they wont even admit to a middle let alone the right. If as you claim the BBC are the mouthpiece of this shambolic tory/lib government they would have shown it as it would prove the shambolic tory/lib governments point. And 5 people thumbs upped your glaring error. On the bright side only 15 months until the newly elected Labour government make everything alright.
[quote][p][bold]benny07[/bold] wrote: DID YOU KNOW THE BBC FUNDED THIS GARBAGE & GAVE IT TO CHANNEL 4 TO AIR,,LETS FACE IT THE BBC CUD,NT AIR IT SINCE THEY ARE THE MOUTHPIECE OF THIS SHAMBOLIC TORY/LIB GOVERMENT..[/p][/quote]The BBC is so biased to the left they wont even admit to a middle let alone the right. If as you claim the BBC are the mouthpiece of this shambolic tory/lib government they would have shown it as it would prove the shambolic tory/lib governments point. And 5 people thumbs upped your glaring error. On the bright side only 15 months until the newly elected Labour government make everything alright. Jayo
  • Score: -4

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