It’s not often Nine follows the programming lead of SBS.
But how else do we explain Nine programming the UK doco Life on the Dole: Benefits Brits by the Sea for next Wednesday – in the same timeslot where SBS had Struggle Street?
In the UK the series was called Benefits Britain: Life on the Dole and ran for 9 episodes but attracted plenty of controversy and was branded ‘poverty porn.’
Nine has scheduled the series for 8:40pm next Wednesday.
The final episode of The Amazing 90s moves to 9:40pm and the last ever episode of Forever to 10:40pm. Believe screens at 11:40pm.
In Britain there are now more people living off benefits than at any time since the introduction of the nation’s welfare system. Many of those claiming the dole spend longer on benefits than in jobs; others have never known what it’s like to be employed; and some have found that a job doesn’t pay enough in comparison to the dole.
Today their social welfare system is undergoing a radical overhaul and the changes are beginning to hit home hard. Thousands of people who rely on benefits are finding life tougher than ever.
This series gets up close and very personal with the struggling people in the dole queues and behind the headlines. It explores the lives of those fighting for scarce jobs and trying to live on less than £5 ($10) a day – and reveals the smarties who know how to beat the system.