What Are Brits Watching: ‘Skint’

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Does this fall under documentary or reality tv? (CH4)

Channel 4′s Skint examines the broke life.

What’s on: Skint
What is it: This four-part observational documentary series tells the stories of individuals and families who are surviving without working due to long-term unemployment or have never worked at all. Some of the younger people featured don’t even expect to get a job when they grow up because the jobs just don’t exist where they live at the moment.
Air-date: Monday, May 13 on Channel 4
Who’s watching: 3.02 million Brits
Why so popular: The subject matter may be difficult to digest but unemployment affects a huge part of the population. The series is meant to be informative and educate people on the pains of unemployment; the stories may be comforting to others who are currently struggling and may think, “Do others go through this? Or is it just us?” The show is presented with sensitivity and told unapologetically by the individuals themselves with humor and boldness.
American counterpart: Michael Moore’s 1989 documentary Roger and Me examines the impact on an entire community when General Motors closes down several auto plants in Flint, Michigan, resulting in 30,000 people losing their jobs.

The series is filmed in Scunthorpe, England over a 9-month period. In this short clip we meet Dean, 37, and his wife Claire, who have seven children and step-children, watch here.

While we don’t have a ton of clips to show you, the topic alone has such weight on its own. As expected, the audience is divided.

Some Twitter followers jump to the obvious with comments like these:


And then there are others who are more empathetic:

The Independent compares the show to a “non-fiction Shameless“.

Documentary or Reality?