OU on the BBC: Living with Poverty

Updated Wednesday 6th March 2013

This series of hard-hitting documentaries which will offer insights into the nature and extent of contemporary poverty 

Misrepresenting poverty image Click the image to use our short history of (mis)representing poverty tool The mention of the word ‘poverty’ is always enough to spark passionate debate – particularly when set in the context of the UK. This new series of hard-hitting documentaries will offer insights into the nature and extent of contemporary poverty.  

Each film-maker explores an area of England and records the stories of people who live on or close to the so-called breadline. Some contributors live in fear of slipping into debt and poverty; others are already struggling to make ends meet. We hear powerful personal testimonies and witness lives that can often go unnoticed by the media and wider society. 

The films cover different forms and ideas of poverty including: rural hardship, relative poverty, the working poor, child poverty, geographical poverty, plus poverty of ambition and expectations. 

See below for information about the featured episodes and our exclusive content. Visit the BBC pages for even more information. 

 

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?

Other content you may like

OU on the BBC: Airport Live Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OU on the BBC: Airport Live

A four-part live series revealing the untold story of how Heathrow Airport is run.

Article
Paul O'Grady's Working Britain: Order your free copy of 'A journal of working class life' Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Paul O'Grady's Working Britain: Order your free copy of 'A journal of working class life'

Order a free booklet exploring different aspects of working class life in Britain through the years.

Article
Child of Our Time: Try our surveys Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC activity icon

Education & Development 

Child of Our Time: Try our surveys

How does your sense of self compare with other people? How good are you at performing complex tasks? How do you and your children cope with stress? Try our surveys to find out

Activity
OU on the BBC: Child of Our Time 2010 - Taliesin's Story Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OU on the BBC: Child of Our Time 2010 - Taliesin's Story

What does Taliesin's story tell us about child development?

Article
OU on the BBC: Paul O'Grady's Working Britain – Home Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OU on the BBC: Paul O'Grady's Working Britain – Home

Paul O'Grady's journey continues. How our lives outside of work brought us together, and sometimes tore us apart.

Article
OU Lecture 2007: Brave Giotto Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Source ESA audio icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OU Lecture 2007: Brave Giotto

Giotto was approching Halley's Comet. Would the DIDSY team come good?

Audio
5 mins
Protecting Our Children: Video extras 4 - 7 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University video icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Protecting Our Children: Video extras 4 - 7

 Balancing diaries, offering assistance, signs to watch out for and making visits.

Video
5 mins
Our Crime: UK riots video icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Our Crime: UK riots

What caused the summer 2011 UK's riots? Start the debate by putting your views across.

Video
15 mins
Rough Science 3 New Zealand: Mike Bullivant's Diary: Gold Rush Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Rough Science 3 New Zealand: Mike Bullivant's Diary: Gold Rush

Mike Bullivant arrives in New Zealand, and is plunged straight into a gold rush

Article