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