BBC Radio Four

A radio series about marginalised people in society; this broadcast viewed a homeless person in Poole. It took the form of a documentary hosted by ‘Neil’ who followed ‘Mel’ through her experience of rough sleeping but attaining a flat.

He meets her in a car park where she is staying at night. She tells of how she had had a £45k job with an American Bank, but it isn’t explained why she left. Mel tells Neil that her father was an alcoholic from which we deduce that it may have had an influence on her.

Neil meets Mel on several occasions. Rather poignantly he has a good nights sleep in his hotel while Mel has a good sleep in the car park. This also hi-lights the quandary broadcasters face when covering sensitive events-they are sometimes in the firing line, yet can safely retreat to sheltered accommodation. Here in the programme it is stated that it is almost a standard viewpoint of Town Councils when they make excuses not to ‘do anything’ and seemingly shrug off a caring policy for the Homeless. Including this premise also gave the programme some ‘bite’.

After Mel has made an effort to get re-housed and suffered abuse, she is finally found a flat in Bournemouth. She is naturally very grateful and turns to finding a job.





About chris and gordon's private rented sector blog

we are two people living in Brighton who have both been through the 'hostel' system. I (Chris) have been street homeless, I am currently a recovering alcoholic living in a privately rented flat. I (Gordon) have a degree of media studies from University of Westminster. I've had many psychological problems, but am now nearly recovered. I live on my own in a privately rented flat. Disclaimer Any information including photography given in PRS Blog is the responsibility of Chris and Gordon's blog and may not be published elsewhere except with their permission and they will try and use names and pictures of people only with their permission. Contentious statements will be kept to a minimum and hope that libellous statements aren't made. The blog is published with good intent and it is hoped to publish material which will be constructive and of benefit to others who may use the service.
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