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Channel 4 Benefits debate will now follow C5 debate

Channel 4 Benefits debate will now follow C5 debate
Pippa Considine
06 February 2014

Channel 4 has moved the timing of its Benefits Street debate show so that it will air immediately after Channel 5's rival immigration debate show.

Channel 4 has commissioned a 30-minute Benefits Street follow-up documentary from Love Productions, which will give some of the residents of James Turner Street the chance to discuss their experiences of being on benefits and their perspectives on the welfare system.

Benefits Street: The Last Word will be broadcast on Monday 17th February at 8.30pm and will feature interviews with a number of the key contributors to the series.

Following the programme, Channel 4 will broadcast Benefits Britain: The Debate – which will move from its original slot on Monday 10th February into a peak time 9pm slot on Monday 17th.

Chaired by broadcaster Richard Bacon, this special live and interactive debate will shine a spotlight on the range of issues brought to the fore by the series. With questions and contributions from a studio audience and a panel, yet to be confirmed, representing views across the political spectrum – including those who claim benefits and were involved in the series.

Commissioned by Channel 4's head of special programmes Ed Havard, Benefits Britain: The Debate will be produced by Mentorn Media.

Channel 5 aired The Big Benefits Row: Live, earlier this week, produced by ITN Productions, which included 'White Dee' from Benefits Street as a guest. It announced yesterday that it would follow up this debate, which scored over two million in ratings, with The Big British Immigration Row: Live, scheduled for 8pm on Monday 17th February.

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