Series 1 Episode 5
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Air date 10 February 2014
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The fifth episode of series 1 of Benefits Street saw Fungi experience some medical relief; a mysterious lump on his chest was shown to be benign. However, his medical team gave him a stern warning that his alcoholism and drug abuse are at least partially to blame of for the lump. Hannah splits with Simba because his immigration status has not been regularised, and he drinks even more heavily as a result. The show ends somewhat hopefully with Ewan trying to improve James Turner Street to the point where it can compete for a Britain in Bloom award.