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Channel 4 (UK) Commissions 6-Part Series Looking at "Fiercely Debated" Immigration Issue

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 11, 2014 12:15 PM
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The UK's Channel 4 has commissioned a brand new 6-part (each an hour long) observational documentary series which will capture life on a street in Southampton, where the mix of residents has been transformed over time and continues to evolve as a result of immigration. 

Cameras will follow the lives of some of the residents of Derby Road in the Bevois district of the city for the series, which currently has the working title "Immigration Street." It is an ethnically diverse street where the majority of residents were not born in the UK.

The series will explore how the changing population is shaping the community, relationships, friendships and everyday life for those who call it home.

Immigration is one of the most fiercely debated and divisive issues in Britain. Last month a major survey reported a hardening of views towards immigration with a quarter of British people believing the main reason immigrants come to the UK is to claim benefits. Meanwhile UKIP’s unprecedented success in the local and European elections has been largely credited to their tough stance on border control. The UKIP is The UK Independence Party, a right-wing populist political party.

Channel 4's Nick Mirsky says: "Immigration is clearly an emotive issue dominating British politics and debates right now. Although the experience of the changes brought about by immigration will be different from place to place, we expect many of the themes that emerge from following life on Derby Road will resonate across the country."

Love Production will oversee this series for Channel 4. its creative director, Kieran Smith, added: "Immigration is one of the most keenly debated subjects in the UK right now and therefore it is incredibly important that we reflect the honest experiences of people who have settled in the UK and come to consider it as home." 

The series is set to air in early 2015.

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1 Comment

  • Blackman | July 13, 2014 12:12 PMReply

    Toombay, surely you do not believe the white folks of the UK or Europe will ever accept the other shades of humanity?

    Today the dividing points in all of Europe is Immigration. Just like the dividing point in America is Blackness. Nowdayz its little helpless immigrant children.

    It is a dichotomous argument the european governments and its other branch of enforcement (THE MEDIA) use to keep the whites in line. The border crossers in America got wise. Its HARD AS HELL to foment anger at little children.

    So they all are walking on a tightrope and USING the media to create irrational arguments against little children.

    Yet

    White folks here want them gone. They will not say it outside of their race SO they can use the smiley, shiney happy face of Obama to do their work.

    its been working like a charm for 6 years.

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