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Benefits Street protest takes place at Love Productions London offices

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Protesters have amassed outside the London offices of Benefits Street creators Love Productions.

The show has attracted controversy for its depiction of the people featured on the show, with some claiming in advance of broadcast that they had been lied to and tricked over the nature and content of the show.

Unite Community's protest at Love Productions over Benefits Street

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Unite Community's protest at Love Productions


Benefits Street: Essential documentary or poverty porn?

Photographs posted on Twitter show some holding Unite Community Membership posters stating: "Fairness - Justice - Respect."

Protesters have been heard chanting: "Love Productions/ Channel 4/ Spreading lies about the poor."

After part one of the series was broadcast last week, West Midlands police said that it was "assessing" whether the content could assist it in new inquiries or open up new cases.

Channel 4's Benefits Street

© Channel 4

Channel 4's Benefits Street


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Ofcom also reportedly received over 100 complaints, covering criminal activity and bad language on the show, and also offensive, unfair and misleading portrayals of benefits claimants.

Head of factual at Channel 4 Ralph Lee defended the series from claims that it was "poverty porn", adding that the crew was "very clear and transparent about the nature of the show" to participants.

The channel's head of documentaries Nick Mirsky claimed that the attention sparked by the programme was proof it had "touched a nerve" and that it was "essential" they made it.

Benefits Street continues tonight (January 13) at 9pm on Channel 4.

Watch a clip from Benefits Street below:

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