Channel 4 has been forced to axe their upcoming documentary, Immigration Street, spin-off of Benefits Street, due to protests from locals over the show. The show was planned for a six episode run, but has been shortened following disruptions caused by angry residents of Derby Road in Southampton who demand a change of title and for a preview to be shown to the police before airing.
More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against the making of the show, claiming that it may cause “racially motivated violence” and create prejudice due to its “sensationalist broadcasting”.
Despite the complaints, the series will still air for some episodes. A spokesperson from Channel 4 has said:
In the case of Immigration Street, while there were residents on Derby Road in Southampton who wanted to share their stories others on the street were determined to hinder filming. Because of the disruption this caused, Immigration Street will now be shorter than the initially planned six episodes.
The channel has previously defended their decision to create the programme, insisting that “it is too important an issue for debate about it to be silenced”.