Panorama? More Like Tunnel Vision …

Panorama has spent much of the spring and summer months filming in Shadsworth, a deprived estate in Blackburn. The finished documentary was aired on BBC1 last night at 9.00pm with the alleged intention of giving a balanced view of life on the estate.

Having watched the documentary I can’t help but feel extremely disappointed with the BBC. It focused solely on three or four families with specific issues and at no point did it acknowledge the hard work of the area’s residents in making Shadsworth a better place to live.

Creative Support has been working in Shadsworth since the start of the year and while it is obvious to all that it is under funded and at times undervalued we have seen it as it is on a daily basis. We have met some wonderful, inspirational people who give up their time without seeking reward to improve the lives of others. Unfortunately the BBC has portrayed everyone in the same light by suggesting the area is rife with drug dealing, broken families and anti-social behaviour. This is simply not true. It is the same as any other estate across the UK. In fact Panorama could paint a similar picture in any area in the UK if they wanted to.

Paul, a Support Coordinator in Blackburn



3 Comments so far

  1. Anonymous on September 12, 2012 4:18 pm

    i lived there for 17 years on and off and im glad i got away from paul maynard

  2. Blackburn SIS on September 13, 2012 1:30 pm

    Hi Paul,

    Hope you’re well. Be good to see you down at Ewood sometime. Congratulations to Blackpool on their start to the season. Up The Cobblers!

  3. Mary Anderson on September 18, 2012 4:04 pm

    I have lived on Shadsworth for 20 years and yes, it has its problems just like any other estate in any town or city in the country. Panorama only highlighted the problems but what has angered the tenants and residents was that it didn’t show the good that goes on around the estate. A lot of the ‘good’ happens due to the dedication of many volunteers.
    The ripple effect that this programme could have is huge. Many people own their own homes and consequently could see house prices drop. Plus, any employers may think twice about employing anyone from the area.

    Please tune in to Radio Lancashire on Tuesday 2nd October where they will be broadcasting live all day from Shadsworth Community Centre. Hear what Panorama didn’t tell you!


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