Gangland

Gangland: FAQs

/ 21 September 2016

Were the participants in Gangland paid to take part?

No one in the film has been paid, and no inducements have been given. All contributors have taken part of their own free will, because they wanted to give an insight into the underground world in which they live.

Does Gangland glamorise or promote illegal activity?

We can assure you that this programme does not glorify gang crime. With an estimated 450,000 young people thought to be active gang members, the programme examines how gang culture has become such a central part of the lives of so many young Britons. The programme includes gang members talking frankly about their lives and motivations, offering an insight into the underground world they inhabit. No one in the film has been paid, and no inducements were given. All contributors have taken part of their own free will, because they wanted to give an insight into the underground world in which they live. In addition, follow up programme Gangland: Murder looks at the fallout of gang culture and the impact on lives and local communities.

The programme has been complied for broadcast, and we are confident that it fully complies with the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.

What does Gangland hope to achieve?

The documentary aims to show the reality of gang life in the UK today. Gangs are operating in many, if not all, of Britain’s inner cities and young people are still being drawn to join them, often with tragic outcomes, making  this a public interest story. We have found a way to show the reality of life inside gangs as never seen before on British TV. This is a story we feel should be shared, showing gang life through the eyes of its members in the UK.

You may be interested in a Guardian article from 30th August on the film-maker Paul Blake and his making of this 2-part series, which can be found here.