Quality Streets

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First there was Benefits Street…but if you’re a Channel 5 commissioner looking to make a knock-off of Channel 4’s hateful controversial popular documentary then we’d like to offer the following pitches to you, complete with Birmingham roads you can film them on:

  • Tax Evader Street – Set on Roman Road, Little Aston, this is very similar to Benefits Street, but with bigger houses: Our team of unpaid researchers will goad Brummies who all own dogs and massive TVs about the fact that they rely entirely on tax-free income to fund their lifesyle. Alternative title: Tax Efficiency Street – sponsored by HSBC.

  • Streets of Philadelphia – in and around the Cadbury Factory, exploring life after the Kraft takeover. What happens when a company from a country with a proven track record for producing terrible chocolate and rubbish beer takes over a world-famous chocolate factory in an area where there are no pubs?

  • Arson Street – Kings Heath based documentary exploring creative responses to planning application problems. With Kevin McCloud.

  • Peaky Blinders Street – The amazing story of the M6, leading to Manchester, Liverpool and other places where you can hear the accents from the popular BBC drama series.

  • Death of the High Street Street –  In a unique social experiment, cameras move onto Erdington High Street just as work begins on the new Sainsbury’s. A TV first, we will literally watch the High Street actually die. Moving and edgy. Sponsored by The Asda, Minworth.

  • Artisan Street – Can the residents of  Alcester Road, Moseley reconcile their socialist principles with the fact that, actually, they bloody well deserve those Italian kitchen tiles?

  • Street Fighting Men – Broad Street – LIVE coverage of the clash between Dave, from Kidderminster, and a bloke who called his Jaegerbomb a poof.

  • Street Petite – Mary Portas turns Needless Alley into a carnival of pop-up cup-cake and vintage stalls in her search for the cutest new retailer. The winner will be given the 10 year lease of an old Zavvi.

  • Danzig In The Street – Musician Glenn Danzig tries to put together a Sabbath tribute act with the residents of Lodge Road, Aston, birthplace of Ozzy Osbourne.

  • Coronation Chicken Street – With big-name retailers moving into the BullRing, exactly how many budget sandwich shops can thrive on Corporation Street? This week, Mo is under pressure after a lucrative offer from Poundland for his lease.

By Howard Wilkinson

Director of Satire, Paradise Circus. Howard adds stability at the top, taking a strategic overview of operations whilst also stepping in from time to time in a caretaker author role.

Director of Satire, Paradise Circus. Howard adds stability at the top, taking a strategic overview of operations whilst also stepping in from time to time in a caretaker author role.