James Turner Street residents say no to second series of Benefits Street

Benefits Street will not be heading back to James Turner Street for a second series after the residents turned their backs on the show.

One of the Channel 4 programme’s stars, White Dee, told The Sun that they weren’t keen to have the film crew back again because they felt that they had been taken advantage of the first time in the documentary series about a Birmingham street full of people living on benefits.

She said: “Producers have had meetings with certain residents in the hope of coming back. But because of how we felt – we were misled in series one – I don’t think they got anywhere.

“The TV series has had a major effect. The community spirit has completely gone, people have moved away. It has caused arguments between people and I blame Channel 4.”

Love Productions, the company which made the programme, are said to be investigating other locations in the UK, including a road in Southampton and streets in Newport, Gwent.

A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “There are no plans to film a second series of Benefits Street in Birmingham. Love Productions are researching potential locations in other parts of the country.”

Benefits Street has changed the lives of some of the people who appeared in it – White Dee has been lined up for a celebrity cookery show which could earn her £20,000, while Smoggy, known as the 50p man for selling goods door-to-door at the bargain price, has been financially backed by a millionaire to open a 50p discount store.