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#DerbyRoad: Channel 4’s ‘Immigration Street’ cut back after producers face ‘Intimidation’

A controversial new Channel 4 series about immigration has been cut from six episodes to just one after the show’s producers were “intimidated” during filming.

Residents on Derby Road in Southampton reportedly confronted makers of ‘Immigration Street’ last month.

Channel 4 had commissioned six episodes of the show which was produced by Love Productions, the same company behind another controversial series, ‘Benefit Street’.

A spokesman for Love Productions said that the show’s crew had faced intimidation during filming in the ethnically diverse area.

The show’s producer Kieran Smith was also shouted at by residents after he had organized a public meeting. 

Mr Smith said in a statement: “On the street itself, verbal aggression was turning into threats of violence. Finally the producers reluctantly took the decision to pull out, as the safety of the crew could no longer be guaranteed.”

“Many people on Derby Road made the crew feel welcome and wanted to share their stories but there were local groups who, for their own reasons, were determined to halt production.

Mr Smith said it was a “great shame” that filming had to be halted as the show would have showed that “Derby Road is a place where people of different nationalities, cultures and religions respect and get along with each other”.

Last year, protestors demonstrated outside Channel 4’s London headquarters. 

The single episode of ‘Immigration Street’ will be broadcast on Channel 4 on 24 February as part of a series of shows exploring the issue of immigration.

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