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Benefits Street is returning to a new location. Is it in your backyard?

Filming has begun for a new series of the controversial reality TV show Benefits Street. But this time, it is set in a new location.

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The Chanel 4 programme made a huge impact in its first series as it followed a close-knit community where many of the residents were on benefits.

It proved to be addictive viewing despite complaints that the participants were being exploited and the show was nothing more than ‘poverty porn’.

Its popularity made a star of Deirdre Kelly, better known as White Dee, who is currently appearing in Celebrity Big Brother.

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Benefits Street was previously filmed in Birmingham’s James Turner Street

The first series was filmed in James Turner Street in an area of Birmingham known as Winson Green.

And now the location of the second series has been unveiled as a street in Teeside.

It is Kingston Road in Stockton, which was once reported as being among the ‘most deprived’ streets in the country.

A typical three bedroom house in the area is estimated to be worth around the £50,000 mark, with a typical monthly rent being approximately £283pcm, according to Zoopla.

It compares to an average property value of almost £150,000 in Stockton-on-Tees, where prices have risen more than £5,000 during the past year.

The highest value street in the area is Aislaby Road where the average value of a home is £558,534, while the highest turnover is in Grey Street and Fairdene Avenue.

August 26, 2014 at 2:07 PM 1 comment

Rent a piece of TV history as Brookside Close home goes on the market

It was once the most popular close on television. And now fans have an opportunity to live in it for real as a property in Brookside Close goes on the market to rent.

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The three bedroom property is in Liverpool’s Brookside Close, found in the north west of the city.

The Channel 4 soap opera regularly attracted audiences of more than eight million during its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s.

It was different from other soap operas of that time as it was filmed in real, brand new homes.

Brookside was conceived by Phil Redmond, who also devised Grange Hill and Hollyoaks. He was particularly keen on buying an entire ‘close’ of houses in an attempt to add to the show’s realism.

Famous storylines included that of the ‘body under the patio’ and the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss on British television between actresses Anna Friel and Nicola Stephenson.

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The series began in 1982 and ran for 21 years until November 2003.

The unfurnished property is available to rent from the end of this month for £690 through lettings agents Belvoir in West Derby.

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August 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM Leave a comment

How to be on property TV: Get a fixer-upper

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

Are you digging out your workman’s boots and hard hat while channelling your inner Sarah Beeny? Then presenter, actor and property renovator Simon O’Brien wants to hear from you.

From Brookside and Fraggle Rock to My Derelict Dream Home, Simon O’Brien will front the new UKTV property TV show

O’Brien will be the front man of the aptly named TV show about finding your new property called My Derelict Dream Home due to air on UKTV in 2012.

As you’d imagine, transforming a wreck into your ultimate house  is likely to take time, which is why the producers need to find you now –  they’ll presumably be following you (and your muddy boots) around for the next year or so to capture all the drama of taking on an unloved property as a renovating challenge.

Plus, you’ll no doubt also get to hang (or at least meet) Simon O’Brien who made his name on Brookside back in the 80s. O’Brien has since featured on Grange Hill, been a radio and TV presenter and was even part of the short-lived, but much loved UK version of Fraggle Rock.

For more details about My Derelict Dream Home contact Joe Forrest at True North Productions on 0113 394 5480 /

December 1, 2011 at 2:06 PM Leave a comment

Estate agent video mockumentary goes viral as backlash bites

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

When was contacted last Tuesday about a new fly-on-the-wall documentary about estate agents called we weren’t sure what to make of it.

The production company insisted it was real, but to our eyes, it had a decidedly mockumentary feel to it. The footage followed a day in the life of an unnamed West London estate agent. (Scroll down to watch the video). James and Charlotte – the two estate agents who star in the film – are portrayed in an unflattering light.

Instead of posting the video on this blog, as the production company had asked, we tweeted it out to our followers to see what they thought. While we felt it was funny (in a laughing at ourselves kind of way) we were under no illusions that others might not feel the same way – and they didn’t.

The problem with this film is that its aims appear to be confused. While it’s now been revealed that it was made by the estate agents Douglas & Gordon – an agent with a reputation for innovation – and features one of their negotiators James Turner in the leading role – the reason for the film is unclear.

On the one hand, Ed Mead, a director of Douglas and Gordon told the Daily Mail that it was intended only for industry insiders and the hype around the film has since “got completely out of hand”. Meanwhile,  the production company have been touting it as a fly-on-the-wall, factual documentary.

Lee Helliar, the producer, emailed us last week and said: “We managed to capture the devious side of London estate agents, a side that’s normally shrouded in secrecy. We felt obligated to share our footage with the rest of the public to reveal the true colours of those who claim to help buy and sell our homes.”

She then asked: “I would add that as ‘the public’ do we really mind what our agent does to sell the house as long as we get the best price. Are we morally complicit?”

And that’s the problem with this film. It’s a film about estate agents that is essentially a piece of fiction. While Douglas & Gordon now say it was only intended for internal use, the production company Real Impact Productions says it’s something else entirely and is shopping it all over town.

So what’s at stake here? While this film, which clearly cost a good deal of money to make, is a much needed chance to have a laugh and blow off some steam, the shine is taken off because it’s not clear who is laughing at whom.

September 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM 3 comments

Basketball rules! We’re sponsoring the UK’s No.1 team

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

Basketball is one of the UK’s fastest growing sports and we’re chuffed to announce our sponsorship of Liverpool’s local squad the Mersey Tigers during the 2011/2012 season, which for them kicks off with an away match against the Cheshire Jets on October 2nd.

Drew Sullivan (right, with the basketball) is captain of Mersey Tigers team.

This season, we are sure, will be as good as the last one when Mersey Tigers topped the British Basketball League (BBL) helping build on their growing reputation and popularity in and around Liverpool and beyond. And they’ve found a new home too – the city’s Echo Stadium.

The BBL league, which was established four years ago, is made up of 12 teams from around England and Scotland. The other teams are the Cheshire Jets, Durham Wildcats, Essex Pirates, Glasgow Rocks, Guildford Heat, Leicester Riders, Milton Keynes Lions, Newcastle Eagles, Plymouth Raiders, Sheffield Sharks and Worcester Wolves.

To celebrate our sponsorship of Mersey Tigers, we borrowed captain Drew Sullivan (pictured, above) to show him around a property for sale. It was, to the least, a tall tale. So thanks to Drew for his time – particularly given he was training hard at the time with his team mates in the GB olympic basketball team.

September 21, 2011 at 3:21 PM Leave a comment

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