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By smod
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In this new documentary series (3 x 60mins) Channel 5 meets the Dole Kings and Queens who claim millions every year for housing and family support. Living lives of luxury that many of us can only dream of, these Super Scroungers are the poster families for everything that many people believe is wrong with benefits.



Are these people to blame, dedicating their time to getting more and more out of the state? Or are they merely taking advantage of an inadequate system that needs a radical overhaul? In Super Scroungers we’ll meet the people who make it their business NOT to work.



Last year it emerged that at least 100 families receiving housing benefit were living in luxury homes on hand-outs that could fund £1,000,000 mortgages. More than 30 of those families were being given £1,500 a week - more than three times the national average wage. Of the 100 families, 60 have their rent paid by the state to the value of £5,000 a month according to the Department for Work and Pensions.



Super Scroungers was commissioned by Ben Frow, Channel 5 Director of Programmes and will be made by Channel 5 Productions. Ben Frow, Channel 5 Director of Programmes said “This is a topic at the top of the news agenda so it’s the perfect time for Channel 5 to delve into the subject.”



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Not that I expect any better from Daily Express TV. However, it has been well established that over 80% of housing benefit claims are for under £100 a week.
 
By Abernathy
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Nobody is living in a "luxury home" funded by housing benefit.

Some are living in homes for which their landlord is charging ridiculously high rent (and creaming off a nice profit from HB), but I'm willng to bet none of them are exactly Buck House.
#291350
Yeah. Funny how the narrative isn't 'housing market still stupidly out of touch with the rest of the economy despite five years of recession'.

And since when was it the job of the broadcast media to follow the news agenda of the worst end of the tabloid market?
 
By Abernathy
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Three years since this thread was started, and if you look at Channel 5's schedules today, you'll find them absolutely choc a bloc with even more "documentaries" about benefits and the people having to live on them. In fact, they've been running more or less relentlessly for three years.

On any given day, you can just about guarantee that Channel 5 will be running some variation on the theme of benefits, scroungers, and so on. "Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away." "Life on Benefits". "Benefits Britain: Life on the Dole". "On Benefits". "The Great Benefits Giveaway". And that's just naming a few.

The variations are endless. But basically it seems to be the same programme over and over again - a sort of point and laugh exercise mocking the dolescum like a sort of modern day Bedlam.

And it's frankly, fucking disgraceful. Okay, Channel 5 is mostly shite, but it does get viewers, and such a relentless focus surely does have an effect on the zeitgeist in respect of benefits claimants. And I don't mean in an enlightened way.
 
By Daley Mayle
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Then there's all the fly-on-the-wall docs on gypsies. Currently there's one on Gypsy Kids. Apparently gypsy children leave school young, with the girls focused on getting married as early as possible once they hit 16, the boys concentrating on working with their relatives.

The girls keep their hand on their h'apenny as they want to be virgins when they marry

On the face of it, all very admirable.
#476133
All of these 'documentaries' serve one purpose - prurience. Just as nobody watches the likes of Ice Road Truckers for an insight into the Canadian haulage industry - we watch it to giggle at fat beardy men swearing. Same with the gypsy and benefits docos - we watch to sneer. We watch to laugh at their tatty homes, the shit on their doorsteps, their thickness and at times their hopeless naivete. We sneer at their nicknames, such as "White Dee" (because just like jokes never being funny in court, in-jokes are never funny outside their original clique). We watch so we can think ourselves better. We don't learn anything, we come away with no greater insight. It's shit and it fills schedules. But never forget the producers' mantra - "Why feed the audience truffles if they're happy with shit?".
#476136
I NEVER watch anything on Channel 5 at all. It is by far and away the worst channel on the whole of TV, even including some of the crappy ones on sky. When it started in the late 90s it was passable, it had a few reasonably decent American crime series on it, like CSI, which was OK when it started, but went on far too long, and a few other watchable things.

Now its just the televisual equivalent of the Daily Express, wonder why?
 
By Daley Mayle
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Andy McDandy wrote:All of these 'documentaries' serve one purpose - prurience. Just as nobody watches the likes of Ice Road Truckers for an insight into the Canadian haulage industry - we watch it to giggle at fat beardy men swearing. Same with the gypsy and benefits docos - we watch to sneer. We watch to laugh at their tatty homes, the shit on their doorsteps, their thickness and at times their hopeless naivete. We sneer at their nicknames, such as "White Dee" (because just like jokes never being funny in court, in-jokes are never funny outside their original clique). We watch so we can think ourselves better. We don't learn anything, we come away with no greater insight. It's shit and it fills schedules. But never forget the producers' mantra - "Why feed the audience truffles if they're happy with shit?".

Where else can you go and point and laugh now the PC brigade has banned the likes of Bedlam.
By mattomac
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I only watch the football league because I can get it on demand and NOW TV has yet to make Sports on demand, though I'm sure they could if they could be arsed.

Anyhow it's actually alright this season, I watched one episode last season and then just tried to catch Sky's version.

As for all the other programs, it's mostly shit, programs about the 90's :/, Hitler and then alongside the benefits thing you have seven or eight fly on the wall things, the kind of thing ITV and BBC did used to make.
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