Channel 4 has commissioned 'Benefits Street' for a six part second series. The documentary series caused debate across the country, with the shows focus on poverty and the welfare state in Britain when it aired its first series in January of this year.
Nick Mirsky, Channel 4’s Head of Documentaries, said:
“Benefits Street fits perfectly with Channel 4’s remit of producing programming that stimulates discussion and debate, the first series did this on a national scale. It brought a very human focus to an issue that is at the heart of who we are in Britain today. I’m sure the new series will advance that debate and introduce viewers to a new group of compelling residents."
Filming has already begun on a street in Stockton-On-Tees, near Middlesbrough. The second series is set to air early next year.
Love Production’s Creative Director for Factual, Kieran Smith talked about the relationships of people on such streets as James Turner Street the location the first series was set in:
“Like many places in the UK Stockton has been hit hard by the recession and economic decline. Those who are reliant on welfare for the majority of their income are some of the hardest hit. We have been invited to share in the lives of the residents of one street where many people rely on benefits to survive. It's an incredibly close community and whilst people may not have much they do have one another to turn to for help.”
The first series attracted more than seven million viewers. Some of the residents of James Turner Street have become personalities in their own right such as Dee Kelly (known on the show as 'White Dee') who is currently appearing as a housemate on Channel 5’s 'Celebrity Big Brother'.