Breadline Britain: going without

These three short videos look at what it has meant over the last thirty years to be forced to go without the items and activities which are seen by society as a whole as necessities; things which no-one should have to go without. The videos draw on the interviews with families featured in the two Breadline Britain series made in 1983 and 1990 by London Weekend Television for the ITV network, the five case studies made by the PSE team in 2011/12 and ITV Tonight edition on Breadline Britain on 2013. Three further videos overviewing these changes can be found under Breadline Britain

Breadline Britain: Going without


House and home examines the upward trends in the numbers lacking basic aspects of housing and heating.

Food and clothing looks at the deep impact of not being able to afford an adequate diet and a lack of suitable clothing.

Social and leisure activities participants from across the years talk about what it means not be able to participate fully in society.

Breadline Britain: the rise of mass poverty, by Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack, is to be published by Oneworld on February 19, 2015. This book draws on this unique body of work to examine why poverty has gone up despite Britain becoming wealthier.

The PSE team would like to thank ITV for their generous permission to use extracts from the two Breadline Britain series in 1983 and 1991 and from the 2014 ITV Tonight episode on Breadline Britain and Domino Films who produced the 1991 series. These six videos covering Breadline Britain from 1983 to 2013 videos were produced and directed by Gabi Kent.

Publication date: 
Feb 11 2015