Are The Kids Alright? Brass Tacks, BBC2 (1979)

BBC2
8.5-9.0
Brass Tacks
Are The Kids Alright

With unemployment running at twice the national average the age of leisure has come early for many of Sunderland’s youngsters. Michael is 16, on the dole, and buying a £300 guitar on HP. His recently-formed punk band, The Rejected, is receiving encouragement from the local community theatre, which is also facing government cutbacks. What use is Sunderland’s new £7-million leisure centre and pedestrian precincts to Michael’s generation?

Plight of the youngsters

Bradford Telegraph & Argus

In Sunderland the problems of youth unemployment are writ large. There are 40 percent fewer small businesses than the national average. The shipyards and coalmines are threatened with closure. Dole queues and boredom are the lot of many youngsters in the area. In Are the Kids All Right? BRASS TACKS (BBC-2, 8.5) talks to the young unemployed of Sunderland including Michael, a 16-year-old whose dreams of making it are

We’re riveted by Brass Tacks

Birmingham Evening Mail
by Stafford Hildred

“BRASS TACKS” (BBC 2, 8.5), the current affairs show that has pioneered viewer participation, would like to announce a modest success. The Monday evening chance for feedback from the show – “Return Call to Brass Tacks” – has been extended until the end of the series. And calls following the weekly Tuesday evening documentary to local radio stations across the country are building up to a regular avalanche. “This week we are focusing on some kids in Sunderland,”

NO JOB, JUST A £300 GUITAR

The Liverpool Echo
TV GUIDE
TONIGHT’S CHOICE

A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD who’s on the dole and whose dream of making something of his life centres on a £300 guitar is one of the most interesting characters in tonight’s Brass Tacks film (BBC-2, 8.10). Although the film is about Sunderland, much of what it has to say about youth unemployment and bored youngsters could just as well apply to Liverpool. While many of the youngsters just drift from day to day and end up dispirited or in trouble, people like Michael Crawford with his new guitar and the new band he has founded