Mulling over ‘Benefits Street’ on Channel 4 last night, about James Turner street that ran directly behind our former church in Winson Green and one we know very well.
Apparently the residents are livid at the way the documentary has been edited, showing the worst side of living there. I’m not sure they are right – in amidst all the social and emotional chaos we knew so well, there is also genuine care for others and some touching and funny moments.
It’s a series, and will include our former church, our URC Community Minister, and some of the things the church is doing with the neighbourhood (although they might not show the week we cleaned up the street!). Monday evenings 9pm.