Beeb docu makes lo­cals mad for it

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MAN­CU­NI­ANS are kick­ing off about a BBC doc­u­men­tary, say­ing it gives a ‘dis­torted’ im­pres­sion of their area.

Around 200 peo­ple from Harpurhey, in Gtr Manch­ester, turned out for a “fiery meet­ing” to protest about BBC3’s

Peo­ple Like Us.

The Beeb said the show gave a “warm and at times un­flinch­ing look” at life and did not fo­cus on neg­a­tive stereo­types.

The six-part se­ries fol­lows young peo­ple in the area, which was named the most de­prived neigh­bour­hood in Eng­land in a sur­vey in 2004.

Lisa Walker, who ap­pears in the show with son Dale, 19, said her fam­ily felt “gut­ted” by how they were rep­re­sented.

Lo­cal MP Gra­ham Stringer, said chil­dren were be­ing bul­lied at school be­cause they were from the area and peo­ple had pulled out of buy­ing houses there as a re­sult.

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