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As a part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make the best use of material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record or access the material.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the housing charity Shelter, Channel 5 are airing a special documentary looking at how the housing crisis has developed across the last half century. Slum Britain: 50 Years On (10pm, Tuesday 6th December, Channel 5) will tell the story of some of Britain’s poorest families.

From the Channel 5 press release:

The starting point of the film is a retrospective look at people who lived in the slums of the 1960s. In parallel, the documentary takes a contemporary and sensitive look at the lives of those living through the housing crisis of today and asks have we truly understood the issues first brought to light nearly half a century ago?

In 1968, housing and homelessness charity Shelter documented the plight of some of Britain’s poorest families with a series of images captured by photographer Nick Hedges.  In its 50th year, Shelter wanted to revisit those people to tell the story of their lives. Where are those children and their families now, and what have their lives been like?

This programme could be used to spark a conversation in a PSHE class about modern poverty and the housing crisis, as well as social responsibility. Students of late 20th Century history may also have an interest in watching the programme as a demonstration of the life in post-war Britain.

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