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Benefits Street renewed by Channel 4

1 of 1 Smoggy was one of the central characters on Benefit Street
Smoggy was one of the central characters on Benefit Street

Controversial Channel 4 documentary series Benefits Street is to be renewed for a second season.

The five-part series about an impoverished street in Birmingham ended last night (Monday February 10) with over four million viewers across the UK.

With an average of 4.8m across the series, it is Channel 4's highest-rated show since My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

Benefits Street attracted a huge amount of attention across Britain since it began earlier this year. The second season will concentrate on a different location.

A Channel 4 spokesperson said: "The first series ignited an important debate about the welfare system, and we are interested in seeing if we can revisit this through the experiences of residents of a street in a different part of Britain."

Channel 4 will air a half-hour special entitled Benefits Street: The Last Word, where cast members will discuss the series next week.

The programme will be followed by Benefits Britain: The Debate, an hour-long live special.

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