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Channel 5 developing Benefits Street-style series

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Channel 5 is developing a new series centred on benefits and welfare stories around the UK.

The Benefits Street-style series is currently in the works under the working title Living on the Social, following the channel's documentary On Benefits and Proud, which aired back in October.

It will be produced by Channel 5's in-house production team, and is currently searching for households and individuals to speak about their lives on the benefits system.

Factual commissioning editor Guy Davies told Broadcast: "After our success with On Benefits and Proud last year, we immediately started work on a new broader series with a working title Living on the Social.

Channel 4's Benefits Street

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Channel 4's Benefits Street


"We've started filming people's stories, and working closely with them in various locations all over the UK."

Earlier today (February 11), Channel 4 announced the renewal of controversial series Benefits Street for a second series.

Channel 5 recently aired The Big Benefits Row: Live, following on from the success of its rival channel's series.

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