Channel 4 said no evidence had been found to support Nadine Dorries’ claim the channel used paid actors for a reality show she appeared on 12 years ago.
The now Culture Secretary was one of four MPs who appeared at the Tower Block of Commons in 2010, where they all stayed for a week with a family in different housing estates.
During a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) hearing in May, the cabinet minister claimed she “discovered later [her hosts] were actually actors.
Dorries said: “The parents of the boys in this program actually came here to have lunch with me and contacted me to say they were actually at drama school and not really living in an apartment, and they were ‘ not real, they were actually actors.
“And there’s a pharmacist or someone that I used to go to that made food, she was a paid actress too.”
Following the allegations, Channel 4 said it had asked the show’s production company, Love Productions, to conduct a thorough investigation.
The broadcaster said it then reviewed the findings and conducted its own internal research and verification.
In a statement documenting its process and findings, Channel 4 said: “At the DCMS Committee meeting on 19 May 2022, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries MP claimed that contributors to the Channel 4 series Tower Block Of 2010 Commons where she appeared were paid actors, attended drama school and/or did not live in the homes where they were depicted as alive in the series.
“Channel 4 takes all allegations of misrepresentation extremely seriously and will always vigorously investigate such allegations.
“In line with standard practice, Channel 4 has asked Love Productions, who produced the programme, to conduct a thorough investigation into the concerns raised.
“The investigation, which was overseen by her outside counsel, involved contributors who were ordinary members of the public with whom the Secretary of State had significant interaction.
“It involved interviewing many of those involved in the making of the series, including cast and crew, and retrieving and reviewing relevant documentation and footage, including 85 hours of raw footage filmed for the series.
“Channel 4 then reviewed the Love Productions findings and conducted their own internal document research and reviews.
“Neither Love Productions’ investigations nor Channel 4’s internal inquiries have uncovered any evidence to support claims about the programme.”
DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight said: “The Committee has written to the Secretary of State on this matter, urging her comments.
“Now that Channel 4 and Love Productions have completed the investigation, we look forward to the Foreign Secretary’s response, which we will then make public.”
It comes after Dorries earlier this year announced the government’s plans to privatize Channel 4, which has been publicly owned since its inception in 1982.
A number of public figures – including famous names from the network such as Anna Richardson, Kirstie Allsopp and Russell T. Davies – have spoken out against the potential sale.
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/channel-4-tower-block-of-commons-investigation-no-evidence-nadine-dorries-claim_uk_62d16409e4b0c842cf56b704 Channel 4 Says No Evidence Found To Support Nadine Dorries’ Claim It Used Actors On Reality Show