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Benefits Street boss: 'There isn't enough aftercare for people who've been on TV'

12 January 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Richard McKerrow of Love Productions on the C4 show and why he didn't want the Great British Bake Off to leave BBC2

Richard McKerrow is at the centre of a storm. His television company, Love Productions, is responsible for Channel 4's documentary series Benefits Street, its biggest rating programme for more than a year (4.3 million viewers overnight, with a consolidated figure of nearly 7 million) and – only a few days in – already likely to be the most controversial of 2014.

A lightning rod for attitudes toward state welfare, the first programme polarised opinion between critics who said it demonised the poor and unemployed, and those who said it highlighted a social security system in urgent need of reform. Residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, which features in the programme and which the broadcaster claims has one of the highest proportions of people on benefits in Britain, bore the brunt, subject »

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