Pointless’ Andrew Rochford and comedian Ciaran Lyons join third season of Filthy Rich & Homeless

SBS’ controversial life swap reality format Filthy Rich & Homeless is returning for a third season with former Pointless host Andrew Rochford and former Triple J announcer and comedian Ciaran Lyons among the five Australians who live on the streets for 10 days.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne Arron Wood, restauranteur Pauline Nguyen and actress and model Ellie Gonsalves will also take part in the program which airs across three nights from June 9 on SBS.

Filthy Rich & Homeless is produced by Blackfella Films, the company behind First Contact and DNA Nation, and sees privileged Australians experience life from the point of view of the 116,000 people who are homeless as of the last Census.

Season three will see the five participants sleep rough on the streets, live in crisis accommodations and marginal housing and have their phones, ID and money taken from them, left with only second-hand clothing, a sleeping bag and nothing else.

The program is filmed in NSW where the number of rough sleepers is higher than any other state and a chronic lack of public housing and severe rental stress only exacerbates the problem.

Filming took place before the COVID-19 pandemic in multiple locations across the state, including central Sydney, Western Sydney, and regional cities and towns including Newcastle, Wollongong, Dapto and Nowra.

The five participants will meet those who live without a home every day, hear their heartbreaking stories of survival and gain a unique insight and understanding of the varied and complex reasons for how and why homelessness exists. They meet professionals at specialist services who are trying to end homelessness with innovative and successful initiatives. Crucially, they see first-hand the acute need for affordable housing, services and wrap-around support, beyond basic shelter.

The five Australians taking part in season three of Filthy Rich & Homeless

Guiding them on their journeys are acclaimed journalist and passionate advocate Indira Naidoo, and social researcher and homelessness expert Dr Catherine Robinson.

SBS director of TV and online content, Marshall Heald said: “Filthy Rich & Homeless goes to the core of SBS’s role in exploring complex issues, confronting tough questions about society and exploring issues central to our Charter.

“The first two seasons of Filthy Rich & Homeless sparked a national conversation about one of the most important social issues we face as a nation, provoking debate and discussion and inspiring attitudinal and real change amongst the Australian public. The third season of Filthy Rich and Homeless will further explore the people and communities who are experiencing homelessness in central and regional NSW, and contribute to a better understanding of the many issues they face.”

Blackfella Films producer, Darren Dale, and series producer and writer, Jacob Hickey, said: “Our aim with this third season is to raise the bar even higher in terms of the public’s awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness.

“This crisis is getting worse, not just in the cities but regional Australia too. And so we hope this series will have a genuine impact, inspiring and influencing those with the power to bring about the long-lasting change that is so desperately needed.”

Filthy Rich & Homeless Season 3 will be subtitled in Simplified Chinese and Arabic and will be added to the subtitled collection on SBS On Demand, available immediately after its premiere. It will premiere over three consecutive nights – June 9, 10 and 11 – on SBS at 8:30pm.


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