#AceNewsServices says according to the Guardian fresh questions…

#AceNewsServices says according to the {Guardian} fresh questions have emerged about the Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street after it emerged that the BBC was involved in early discussions about commissioning the controversial series but decided against pursuing it.

One of the working titles for the BBC series was The Benefit Street, suggesting that its creators had a good idea of what the show was going to be about – and potentially called – long before those who appeared in it did. Several participants have claimed they were told the programme was about community spirit.

The company behind the series, Love Productions, approached the BBC two years ago. “It’s true that the BBC was involved in some early development on the programme but we decided not to take the project further,” said a spokeswoman for the corporation.

She declined to be drawn on why the BBC decided against the project but pointed out that in the last few years it has broadcast several programmes focused on benefits, including Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits, a series fronted by Lord Sugar’s two advisers on The Apprentice; BBC3’s People Like Us, about people on a housing estate in Manchester; and The Future State of Welfare, presented by John Humphrys’. The spokeswoman suggested that at the time when the BBC was deciding whether to proceed with what became Benefits Street, other formats “felt stronger”.

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