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Slum Britain: 50 Years On

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Tomorrow 10pm - 11:30pm Channel 5
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Review

Earlier this year Channel 4 showed a powerful documentary called Children on the Frontline: the Escape about a Syrian family’s journey to the West. Here the same film-maker, Marcel Mettelsiefen, focuses on an issue closer to home, contrasting the lives of people who lived in the slums of the 1960s with those enduring the housing crisis of today.

It marks the 50th anniversary of the charity Shelter, and takes as its starting point a series of images taken in the 60s by photographer Nick Hedges to document some of Britain’s poorest families. Nearly half a century later, some of those featured in the photographs have been tracked down to see where the children and their families are now, and what their lives have been like.

Summary

The charity Shelter was launched in 1966, partly as a result of Ken Loach's powerful TV drama Cathy Come Home - when the gritty account of a family torn apart by homelessness shocked the nation at the time. This documentary marks the 50th anniversary of the organisation by examining the impact of homelessness on families and individuals over the past half century, contrasting the lives of people who lived in the slums of the 1960s with those coping with the housing crisis of today.

Cast & Crew

Director Marcel Mettelsiefen
Editor Stephen Ellis
Executive Producer Chris Shaw
Producer Stephen Ellis

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