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Union urges Channel 4 to drop Immigration Street

Channel 4's 'Immigration Street' was filmed in Southampton's Derby Road. Credit: Channel 4

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady has added her voice to calls for Channel 4 to cancel its controversial documentary Immigration Street.

The broadcaster's plans for a series about immigration were scaled back after programme-makers were confronted on the street during filming.

The show, filmed in Southampton's Derby Road, was originally intended to be a six-part series but Channel 4 will now only broadcast one hour-long episode.

Ms O'Grady said: "Channel 4 needs to respect the views of the Southampton community and cancel Immigration Street.

"The show looks set to encourage social division and hostility towards migrants and the black, minority and ethnic community."

Instead of such irresponsible broadcasting, the media should expose how communities are suffering from the shocking impact of low wages, lousy contracts and cuts to services."

The show will be broadcast on Tuesday as part of a series of programmes looking at the issue of immigration.


Caroline Aherne 'will continue to narrate Gogglebox'

Comedian and actress Caroline Aherne, who revealed she is fighting lung cancer, said she wants to continue narrating hit Channel 4 show Gogglebox.

Comedian and actress Caroline Aherne. Credit: Jean/EMPICS Entertainment

She said: "I will be narrating this week's Gogglebox, and I will continue to narrate Gogglebox for as long as Gogglebox want me."

Ramadan call to prayer tops Channel 4 complaints list

The broadcast of the Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan was Channel 4's most complained about programme last year.

The channel received 2,011 complaints about its 4Ramadan series of programmes, with 1,658 specifically about the call to prayer.

Muslims pray at a mosque in Crawley, Sussex. Credit: Chris Young/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Channel 4's head of factual, Ralph Lee, said the response had shown a "level of Islamophobia" that was "unexpected".

The second most complained about show was Crazy About One Direction, a show following the popular boyband's most devoted fans that received over 1,000 complaints.


Strangers to be married off in new television show

Six single people are going to be introduced at the altar and married off on television in a bid to find the formula for the perfect relationship.

Channel 4 is launching a new show that will marry off singles. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire

The couples will take part in Channel 4's show Married At First Sight which aims to find out if science can produce a stable marriage.

The show, which is based on a hit Danish programme, will reduce a pool of 200 people down to six singles who will be matched up by a panel of experts and cameras will follow their first six weeks together.

At the end of filming, the couples will be asked if they want to go their separate ways or stay together.

Channel 4's chief creative officer Jay Hunt said the show was "taking on Britain's reputation as the divorce capital of Europe".

Channel 4 to show video of 9/11 attack from space

Video footage of the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York which was filmed from space is to be broadcast in full on UK TV for the first time.

A plume of smoke is seen rising from the World Trade Centre on the morning of September 11, 2001. Credit: Nasa handout

The footage, which shows a plume of smoke stretching from the site of the devastated World Trade Centre towers, was filmed from the International Space Station by astronaut Frank Culbertson.

Hours after the attack Mr Culberston discovered his friend Chic Burlingame was one of the pilots killed, when his plane was hijacked by terrorists.

It will be shown next week as part of Channel 4'S 'Live From Space' season, featuring a number of documentaries about astronauts and a two-and-a-half hour live broadcast from the ISS and Mission Control in Huston, Texas on Sunday March 16.

12 ski-suited celebrities in new TV show The Jump

Some 12 celebrities ski-suited and booted to take part in a new winter sports challenge TV show called The Jump. Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave is joined on the slippery slope by stars including Sinitta, Amy Childs and ex-England cricketer Darren Gough.

12 celebrities in The Jump. Credit: Channel 4/PA Wire

They will will battle it out in Channel 4's The Jump competing in sports including bobsleigh, skeleton, speed-skating, slalom skiing and cross-country skiing with the worst performers having to brave a huge ski jump to stay in the competition.

Also taking part in hair-raising feats on the snow and ice are former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, presenters Anthea Turner and Melinda Messenger and Ritchie Neville of reformed boyband 5ive.

Winter Olympics stars skier Graham Bell and skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams will be among those training the hopefuls.

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