Channel 4 is asking Nadine Dorries for evidence to support her claim that reality TV is fake

Channel 4 is asking Nadine Dorries to produce evidence to support her claim that the television company spoofed a reality show she starred in.

The culture secretary – who has unveiled controversial plans to privatize Channel 4 – told a parliamentary committee she had discovered actors had been hired to play poor people on a housing estate.

But Channel 4 said today it had received no previous allegations regarding the contributors to the show Tower Block of Commons, which was produced by Love Productions and aired in 2010.

The documentary showed four MPs, including Ms Dorries, spending time in deprived housing developments across the UK.

Recalling residents she met during filming at an estate in London’s Acton district, the Cabinet Secretary told the Commons Culture Committee on Thursday: “I found out later that they were indeed actors.

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

“There’s a pharmacist or someone I’ve visited who made food — she was also a paid actress.”

Channel 4 said it was the first time it had been implied that the people taking part in the program were anything other than what they described. They said they were prepared to examine any evidence Ms Dorries could come up with.

A spokesman for the channel said: “This is the first suggestion we’ve heard that viewers have been misled about contributors to Tower Block of Commons.

“We will be in touch with the Secretary of State for further details so that we can investigate the matter thoroughly.” Channel 4 is asking Nadine Dorries for evidence to support her claim that reality TV is fake

Bobby Allyn

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