How the Other Half Live

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Documentary series that aims to show what it means to grow up in poverty in 21st-century Britain. In each episode, a wealthy family decides to assist one that is living below the poverty line.

About the Show

Documentary series that aims to show what it means to grow up in poverty in 21st-century Britain. In each episode, a wealthy family decides to assist one that is living below the poverty line.

Series 1 Summary

There are almost four million children living below the poverty line in the UK. The effects of growing up in poverty can last a lifetime: average life expectancy in the UK is 79; for someone growing up in poverty it is ten years less.

Made by the team behind The Secret Millionaire, How the Other Half Live aims to show just what it means to grow up in poverty in 21st-century Britain. Each episode follows the story of two families as a wealthy family decides to assist one that is living below the poverty line.

Each family hopes that their children will gain from the experience by understanding what life is like for others. The series raises important questions about how we respond to the poverty on our own doorsteps.

  • How the Other Half Live

    Episode 1

    Grace, aged nine, leads an affluent life but learns how hard it is for Yolanda, aged ten, who lives on a council estate in Glasgow.

  • How the Other Half Live

    Episode 2

    Continuing the series where a wealthy family decides to assist one living in poverty, Sam and Scott help out nine-year-old Brandon and his family from a deprived south east neighbourhood.

  • The Bull Family

    Episode 3

    Half of all children in inner London live in poverty. Rosie and her family, who live in a mansion, decide to help Sam and his family, who could be evicted from their London council flat.

How the Other Half Live synopsis

Documentary series that aims to show what it means to grow up in poverty in 21st-century Britain. In each episode, a wealthy family decides to assist one that is living below the poverty line.

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