Tower Block of Commons
About the Show
Politicians swap their comfortable homes and move into council estates across the country, encountering first-hand the reality of residents' lives
Series 1 Summary
Four MPs leave behind the splendour of Westminster and their comfortable homes for eight days and nights to live in council tower blocks estates in some of Britain's most deprived neighbourhoods. They come face-to-face with issues affecting the residents' lives, including gangs, immigration, drug addiction, poverty, crime and unemployment.
Austin Mitchell is shocked by poor living conditions and a drug problem on the Orchard Park estate in Hull. And Iain Duncan Smith learns a thing or two on the Carpenters estate in East London.
The MPs try to live on benefits and get an insight into how low-income families cope. Tory Tim Loughton is taken aback sharing a one bedroom flat with a family of four (plus two dogs).
In west London Tory MP Nadine tries to create harmony between residents and worshippers at a local mosque, while Tory Tim Loughton has a late night meeting with a Birmingham street gang.
In the last show of the series the MPs try to complete their challenges. And as they return to their comfortable lives, will they keep the promises they made to residents?