Channel 4 boss Alex Mahon said she had seen ‘no evidence’ to suggest the four-part documentary Tower Block Of Commons used paid actors, following accusations by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries.
Ms Dorries spoke at a Committee for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) hearing in May to accuse the 2010 reality series of hiring actors to play real people.
She told the committee that after appearing on the Channel 4 show – during which she stayed in a deprived area of west London – she ‘later found out they were actually actors’ .
She said: “The parents of the boys in this program actually came here to have lunch with me and contacted me to say, in fact, that they were in drama school and they did not live really in an apartment, and they weren’t real, they were actually actors.
“And there’s a pharmacist or someone I went to see who was preparing food, she was also a paid actress.”
Speaking at a DCMS meeting on the future of Channel 4 on Tuesday, Ms Mahon said: ‘The program was running in 2010 and it is clear that an accusation of fraud has been made against the cast of the programme, an accusation very serious, it is really important that we look at this properly.
“We have just completed a full investigation and I should be able to report back to the Secretary of State and the committee in the days or weeks to come.
“From what I have seen, to date, there is no evidence that would point to indications of tampering, but it is important that we finish this and let you know properly.”
In the show, Mrs. Dorries was sent to live briefly on the South Acton estate to see how deprived communities live.