7 March 2013 6:33 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This was a haunting film about child poverty in the richest nation on earth. Thank God for some lighter fare, too

• America's poor kids on iPlayer

• Parks and Recreation on iPlayer

• Anna and Katy on 4oD

Jezza Neumann's documentary America's Poor Kids (BBC2) followed just three of the record 16 million children in the Us now living below the poverty line: 10-year-old Kaylie, whose family is on the brink of homelessness after her mother lost her job; 14-year-old Johnny, who is living in a homeless shelter after his parents' home-improvement business went bust in the wake of the financial crisis; and Sera, a ferociously intelligent and clear-eyed 11-year-old who is living with her mother and sister in a mildewed studio apartment that she says is better than where they were before. "I can go to the bathroom by myself!" At the shelter it's not safe to go without a parent. »

- Lucy Mangan

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