Here's a nice bit of YouTube about Hulme think it's a Granada/World in Action programme but can't be sure.
It is a World In Action programme from 1978 Dirty-
"Two part investigation which looks at the slums of Hulme - dwellings which were built in the '60s but which are already being recommended for demolition. The problems there include very high electricity bills, condensation, vermin, vandalism, muggings, poor sound insulation and the inability of most of the residents to pay their rents"
On the Crescents wikipedia page it mentions that singer Nico ( Velvet Underground, etc. ) lived there for a time. I know she lived in Manchester as did her son by French actor Alain Delon. Wikipedia says that Delon himself lived there, this must be a confusion with his son who he is a deadringer for, the idea of Alain Delon living in the Crescents is hilarious as he was & still is one of France's biggest stars. His son however, who was a heroin addict ( apparently his mother Nico introduced him to it ) did live in Manchester. Delon has apparently never met him & has always refused to have anything to do with him. He's known as Ari Paffgen ( Christa Paffgen is Nico's real name ).
Interesting posts here on architecture. Modern architecture originated in Europe just after the First World War, in both Germany and Russia but in the 1930s, after Hitler and Stalin had come to power in those countries, the style fell out of favour there so the architects practising emigrated to Britain and the USA and some modern buildings were built in Britain in the late 30s, but not very many. It spread after the war and, unfortunately, was done on the cheap which is why it got a bad reputation, Hulme being a good example
Just seen this, very interesting about the article in Hulme! the flats remind me of a program I recorded off the tv called Streets in the sky! from a series entitled The reel history of Britain with Melvin Bragg- about a new housing concept built in the 60s which consisted of about a 1000 flats, in which at the base of these they were shops, a school and a couple of pubs. What was cool about these flats, were that outside each front door it was widened, along with having the roof slightly elivated so that a milk float was able to drive around all the flats to deliver milk. They are now a listed building and have been converted into apartments. I think the episode, along with other clips showing the progress of them being modurnisd are on youtube, and definitely worth a watch!