Production company refutes Nadine Dorries’ claims about fake Channel 4 reality show with actors

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Production company Love Productions has refuted claims by Nadine Dorries that the program uses actors (Picture: PA)


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Production company Love Productions has refuted claims by Nadine Dorries that the program uses actors (Picture: PA)

The production company behind Channel 4 reality show Tower Block of Commons has refuted Nadine Dorries’ claims that the program is fake.

The Culture Secretary told Parliament yesterday that the show, in which she appeared as one of several MPs who went to live in deprived communities, used paid actors posing as real people.

Dorries was asked about the future of Channel 4 after the government announced controversial plans to privatize the broadcaster, and she said Channel 4 is “doing itself no favours”.

Speaking to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Thursday, Dorries told Parliament she believed the Tower Block of Commons hosts were ‘actors’, having taken part in the program in 2010 , alongside Austin Mitchell, Mark Oaten and Tim Loughton.

She said: ‘I found out later that they were actually actors.

“The parents of the boys in this program actually came here to have lunch with me, and contacted me to say, in fact, that they were in drama school, and that they didn’t really live in an apartment, and they weren’t real.

“And even, if you remember, there was a pharmacist or someone I went to see who was preparing food – she was also a paid actress.”

The production company behind the programme, as well as behind The Great British Bake Off, said it believed its claims were untrue and asked for evidence to back up what it said. Nevertheless, they added that they will “investigate thoroughly”.



The Culture Secretary appeared on the reality show Tower Block of Commons in 2010 (Picture: REUTERS)


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The Culture Secretary appeared on the reality show Tower Block of Commons in 2010 (Picture: REUTERS)

A Love Productions spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: “Love Productions does not use actors to impersonate contributors in any of its constructed documentary or factual series.”

“Nadine Dorries was involved in the creation of Tower Block of Commons for Channel 4 alongside other genuine contributors, and we are satisfied that her claims are unfounded.”

“Nevertheless, we take the allegations seriously and will investigate thoroughly. We are also awaiting Nadine Dorries’ response to Channel 4’s request for evidence to back up her claims.

Elsewhere, the Culture Secretary has admitted breaking Netflix rules by sharing her password with four other households.

Dorries said four other people, including her mother, had access to her account, in violation of the streaming giant’s terms and conditions which state that users must live together.

It comes after Netflix announced a crackdown on password sharing in a bid to shore up its finances following a drop in subscriber numbers.

She said: “My mum has access to my account, the kids yes. I have Netflix but there are four other people who can use my Netflix account in different parts of the country.’

Laughing, she added, “Am I not supposed to do this?”

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