Benefits St takes big view­ing hit

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THE new se­ries of Benefits Street has seen a mas­sive drop in view­ing fig­ures.

The open­ing episode of the sec­ond se­ries of the Chan­nel 4 show, fea­tur­ing res­i­dent Julie Young ( above), at­tracted al­most three mil­lion view­ers – down 1.3m on last year’s first in­stal­ment.

Mon­day night’s episode fea­tured res­i­dents get­ting to grips with the me­dia in­ter­est in their street.

The go­ings-on in Kingston Road, Stock­ton-on-Tees, beat New Tricks on BBC1, which at­tracted 2.2m view­ers, but lost out to ITV drama Safe House, watched by 4.8m.

Chan­nel 4 claimed their fig­ures were 75 per cent above the slot av­er­age and that it was the most popular pro­gramme in the slot for 16 to 34-year-olds.

And the chan­nel’s head of doc­u­men­taries, Nick Mirsky, isn’t rul­ing out a third se­ries.

He said: “The gap be­tween rich and poor and the sub­ject of wel­fare and benefits is an im­por­tant one.

“Wewill keep look­ing at that and find­ing ways of telling sto­ries.” The Ro­man name for Paris was

– which trans­lates into English as “Slough”

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