No, I didn't watch Channel 4's latest contribution to the government's campaign to abolish welfare. But many of those who did have reacted strongly. Shane Croucher in the International Business Times calls it "the latest dropping from this beastly documentary genre" and gives some real figures. Bernadette Meaden on the Ekklesia website calls it "a misleading, harmful caricature" and describes the death threats now being received by some of those who took part. For the mainstream press, the issue seems to be that the police are investigating possible criminal activity shown on the programme. The Guardian quotes at length from police Superintendent Danny Long, and also from a Channel 4 spokesman who describes it as "a fair and balanced observational documentary series". But the Guardian had to close its comments facility after 5 people had reacted with the same disgust (and 814 people up to now have approved a comment which is a re-post of Owen Jones' Facebook reaction). The Independent hasn't allowed comments at all under its piece on the subject.
There is some feeling that, in the light of the threats to the participants, the rest of the series may be pulled. That would be the best outcome, of course - apart from some sort of apology from the producers and Channel 4. But I doubt it. However, there is a glimmer of a backlash against this sort of trash.
We read that the five former A4e staff who are charged with fraud (the second group) have had their case moved to the Crown Court, where it will be heard on 3 February.