Cast member Rui Teixeira talks about his role in Immigration Street show filmed in Southampton's Derby Road

Rui Teixeira

Rui Teixeira

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It is set to be one of the most talked-about TV shows of the year and filming hasn't even finished in Southampton yet.

While cameras film the follow-up the controversial Benefit Street in St Mary's one of the participants has spoken about why he decided to take part.

Neighbourhood leaders in St Mary's have vented their fury over Love Productions decision to film Immigration Street in their neighbourhood.

Programme makers say they will film the day-to-day activities of immigrants living in the ethnically diverse Derby Road.

But pillars of the community fear it will lead to far-right and anti-immigration groups inciting “racial tensions” across the city.

Portuguese-born Rui Teixeira is one of the people allowing the cameras into his home.

He believes the programme will put immigration in a positive light when the show is aired on Channel 4.

The 32-year-old dad-of-four said: “My hope is that immigration will come across as a positive thing. In this day-and-age there's a lot of anti-immigration feeling.

“Hopefully this programme will show another side of that. It will show that immigration is not as bad as people make out.

“They will film the day-to-day, what it's like to be an immigrant here in the UK.”

Rui said programme makers told him they will present an “impartial” view of immigration.

His only concern about the show is that members of far-right groups such as the English Defence League will see the worst of immigration.

He said: “There's always a chance that once the documentary airs there will be some people who are not too happy about it. Who knows what's going to happen?

“There could be some people like those in the EDL are going to look at that and get the wrong idea.

“I won't be 100 per cent sure how it will be portrayed they said they will leave that up to the public.”

The painter and decorator found a home in Derby Road after he moved to the UK seven years ago from Madeira looking for work.

He said he has never looked back.

“I have never had any issues living here. We don't regret coming here. We feel quite happy in this country.

“I work, my kids go to school, they love the school. We like the education system here. You have got a good health system here. We know our children have a better chance of a future here than if they were at home.”

He is currently living with his wife Catia and children in Iris Road in Swaythling but hopes to move back to Derby Road in the next few weeks.

“It's where I want to live. I'm just going back and I think that's why they have some interest in me and my story.

“It's quite a close-knit community. We have got many friends who live there.”

Rui added: “I was just doing some painting in the area, I had seen the website about it and they approached me. They asked me if would be in a documentary about immigration. I wasn't offered any money or anything.”

 

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2:02pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Kirsty666 says...

They take part because they saw benefits street saw white dee become a so called celebrity and thought yes I can do the same!
They take part because they saw benefits street saw white dee become a so called celebrity and thought yes I can do the same! Kirsty666
  • Score: 23

2:50pm Sun 20 Jul 14

issacchunt says...

What are the council and mp's really worried about, is something going on that will offend the silent majority?
What are the council and mp's really worried about, is something going on that will offend the silent majority? issacchunt
  • Score: 9

3:21pm Sun 20 Jul 14

SimonSomeone says...

issacchunt wrote:
What are the council and mp's really worried about, is something going on that will offend the silent majority?
The silent majority who do not judge? Who are accepting and tolerant? Who treat each individual as just that, an individual? Who do not use stereotypes and racial slurs? I can't see why it should since the gentle, intelligent silent majority will a) not watch this tat and b) not draw anything from it.
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: What are the council and mp's really worried about, is something going on that will offend the silent majority?[/p][/quote]The silent majority who do not judge? Who are accepting and tolerant? Who treat each individual as just that, an individual? Who do not use stereotypes and racial slurs? I can't see why it should since the gentle, intelligent silent majority will a) not watch this tat and b) not draw anything from it. SimonSomeone
  • Score: 40

3:30pm Sun 20 Jul 14

All said and done says...

Have these guys seen many c4 documentries. They just stich people up and then present the reaction as an example of usual behaviour. This production company is as ethical as bomb in a children's toy.
Have these guys seen many c4 documentries. They just stich people up and then present the reaction as an example of usual behaviour. This production company is as ethical as bomb in a children's toy. All said and done
  • Score: 28

3:46pm Sun 20 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

I think it's fair to say this Documentary will be edited to cause a reaction.

The sole aim of this is to hit the headlines so that more and more people are made to watch it.

No way will a production company invest so much time and money into something that's innocent.

Now, if only the ignorant can see past the edits, that would be a start.
I think it's fair to say this Documentary will be edited to cause a reaction. The sole aim of this is to hit the headlines so that more and more people are made to watch it. No way will a production company invest so much time and money into something that's innocent. Now, if only the ignorant can see past the edits, that would be a start. IronLady2010
  • Score: 19

4:48pm Sun 20 Jul 14

issacchunt says...

SimonSomeone wrote:
issacchunt wrote:
What are the council and mp's really worried about, is something going on that will offend the silent majority?
The silent majority who do not judge? Who are accepting and tolerant? Who treat each individual as just that, an individual? Who do not use stereotypes and racial slurs? I can't see why it should since the gentle, intelligent silent majority will a) not watch this tat and b) not draw anything from it.
How can you use question marks after statements? Are you speaking on behalf of the silent majority? See what did there, questions!
[quote][p][bold]SimonSomeone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: What are the council and mp's really worried about, is something going on that will offend the silent majority?[/p][/quote]The silent majority who do not judge? Who are accepting and tolerant? Who treat each individual as just that, an individual? Who do not use stereotypes and racial slurs? I can't see why it should since the gentle, intelligent silent majority will a) not watch this tat and b) not draw anything from it.[/p][/quote]How can you use question marks after statements? Are you speaking on behalf of the silent majority? See what did there, questions! issacchunt
  • Score: -11

5:35pm Sun 20 Jul 14

loosehead says...

Another contestant for Big Brother?
Another contestant for Big Brother? loosehead
  • Score: 9

7:10pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Rocket 1 says...

Will the cameras show that every House in the St Mary's Area has 2 Rubbish Bins & 2 Recycle Bins per Household, while the rest of Southampton has got 1 of each????
Will the cameras show that every House in the St Mary's Area has 2 Rubbish Bins & 2 Recycle Bins per Household, while the rest of Southampton has got 1 of each???? Rocket 1
  • Score: 8

7:23pm Sun 20 Jul 14

vag says...

Southampton is a very multicultural city, this lot of old crap is probably going to try and make out that it's some sort of new immigration hotspot. I'll wait with baited breath, to see what this quality programming makes of Southampton.
Southampton is a very multicultural city, this lot of old crap is probably going to try and make out that it's some sort of new immigration hotspot. I'll wait with baited breath, to see what this quality programming makes of Southampton. vag
  • Score: 16

7:25pm Sun 20 Jul 14

vag says...

I have my doubts about the journalistic merits of a show like this. I can't wait to see the end product.
I have my doubts about the journalistic merits of a show like this. I can't wait to see the end product. vag
  • Score: 15

7:56pm Sun 20 Jul 14

deepheat says...

If they make a few bob out of it than good luck to all of them who take part. Looking forward to hearing the Hampshire accent. Things like :-

Dats bangin' mate!!
Know wha' I'm sayin'?
Yo Yo Yo, I have no beef with you dog!:
iz it cuz i iz fit blud?
I got cauwt wiv 'eat in me gaff!:
Ma Pug 206 'atchback. I dun it up so it cun top 190 mate
How like how
Check out me new rims mate
If they make a few bob out of it than good luck to all of them who take part. Looking forward to hearing the Hampshire accent. Things like :- Dats bangin' mate!! Know wha' I'm sayin'? Yo Yo Yo, I have no beef with you dog!: iz it cuz i iz fit blud? I got cauwt wiv 'eat in me gaff!: Ma Pug 206 'atchback. I dun it up so it cun top 190 mate How like how Check out me new rims mate deepheat
  • Score: 37

10:21pm Sun 20 Jul 14

SimonSomeone says...

issacchunt wrote:
SimonSomeone wrote:
issacchunt wrote:
What are the council and mp's really worried about, is something going on that will offend the silent majority?
The silent majority who do not judge? Who are accepting and tolerant? Who treat each individual as just that, an individual? Who do not use stereotypes and racial slurs? I can't see why it should since the gentle, intelligent silent majority will a) not watch this tat and b) not draw anything from it.
How can you use question marks after statements? Are you speaking on behalf of the silent majority? See what did there, questions!
Because the phrase "silent majority" is often used to describe those who are anything but silent. The use of the interrogative was to make sure which "silent majority" we are referring to.
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SimonSomeone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: What are the council and mp's really worried about, is something going on that will offend the silent majority?[/p][/quote]The silent majority who do not judge? Who are accepting and tolerant? Who treat each individual as just that, an individual? Who do not use stereotypes and racial slurs? I can't see why it should since the gentle, intelligent silent majority will a) not watch this tat and b) not draw anything from it.[/p][/quote]How can you use question marks after statements? Are you speaking on behalf of the silent majority? See what did there, questions![/p][/quote]Because the phrase "silent majority" is often used to describe those who are anything but silent. The use of the interrogative was to make sure which "silent majority" we are referring to. SimonSomeone
  • Score: 15

10:42pm Sun 20 Jul 14

thesouth says...

Kirsty666 wrote:
They take part because they saw benefits street saw white dee become a so called celebrity and thought yes I can do the same!
Hardly!! the majority of immigrants want to make an honest living. The sad thing is they don't quite understand the lack of morals in the UK so naively think C4 are actually interested in them when all C4 want to do is edit them to create a negative reaction. I hope they are too busy working when the show airs so they don't see it.
[quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: They take part because they saw benefits street saw white dee become a so called celebrity and thought yes I can do the same![/p][/quote]Hardly!! the majority of immigrants want to make an honest living. The sad thing is they don't quite understand the lack of morals in the UK so naively think C4 are actually interested in them when all C4 want to do is edit them to create a negative reaction. I hope they are too busy working when the show airs so they don't see it. thesouth
  • Score: -1

3:03am Mon 21 Jul 14

_watchman says...

Just in case anyone lost track of what is going on whilst reading the array of dross from the minds of idiots, please scroll back to the top !
Just in case anyone lost track of what is going on whilst reading the array of dross from the minds of idiots, please scroll back to the top ! _watchman
  • Score: -4

9:36am Mon 21 Jul 14

camerajuan says...

Rocket 1 wrote:
Will the cameras show that every House in the St Mary's Area has 2 Rubbish Bins & 2 Recycle Bins per Household, while the rest of Southampton has got 1 of each????
Does every house in Southampton have 6+ residents? My house had 7 people and we had 2 bins & 1 recycling bin. Not sure that should be your biggest problem with this show but each to their own I guess.

Before anyone says it, all 7 of us were working professionals from Britain. We lived together because it was fun and cheap.
[quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: Will the cameras show that every House in the St Mary's Area has 2 Rubbish Bins & 2 Recycle Bins per Household, while the rest of Southampton has got 1 of each????[/p][/quote]Does every house in Southampton have 6+ residents? My house had 7 people and we had 2 bins & 1 recycling bin. Not sure that should be your biggest problem with this show but each to their own I guess. Before anyone says it, all 7 of us were working professionals from Britain. We lived together because it was fun and cheap. camerajuan
  • Score: -1

5:04pm Mon 21 Jul 14

milsean says...

what's the problem?
this area has and always renowned!
rife with prostitution etc. !
what's the problem? this area has and always renowned! rife with prostitution etc. ! milsean
  • Score: 2

11:24am Tue 22 Jul 14

Joeblogs63 says...

Well heaven forbid that we should see immigration has a negative thing. Of course Rui Teixeira and all other immigrants see it as a positive thing. It isn't their homelands that are being insidiously taken over by unfettered immigration where they'll be a minority within a few decades. And never mind all the baloney about it being our comeuppance for colonialism, slavery, etc. Those were the results of the actions of an elite or treated their own people no better, yet it is the ordinary natives of this country who suffer from immigration, not Cameron, Clegg or Miliband and their ilk, who positively encourage the dispossession of our homeland. We have every right to speak out against immigration (though this show will be a Channel 4 snow job, because they love immigration) and if the likes of Rui Teixeira and any other immigrant (including left wing, self-suicidal loonies) doesn't like it then too bad. We've been mugs for long enough.
Well heaven forbid that we should see immigration has a negative thing. Of course Rui Teixeira and all other immigrants see it as a positive thing. It isn't their homelands that are being insidiously taken over by unfettered immigration where they'll be a minority within a few decades. And never mind all the baloney about it being our comeuppance for colonialism, slavery, etc. Those were the results of the actions of an elite or treated their own people no better, yet it is the ordinary natives of this country who suffer from immigration, not Cameron, Clegg or Miliband and their ilk, who positively encourage the dispossession of our homeland. We have every right to speak out against immigration (though this show will be a Channel 4 snow job, because they love immigration) and if the likes of Rui Teixeira and any other immigrant (including left wing, self-suicidal loonies) doesn't like it then too bad. We've been mugs for long enough. Joeblogs63
  • Score: -2

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