Education

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

Kids on the scrap heap

The Sunday Sun

The youth of Sunderland is being thrown on the scrap heap. Unemployment has sapped their energy, they are shattered and just hanging about miserable. That is the picture gained by a BBC film crew which they will pass on to the nation via “Brass Tacks – Are the Kids All Right?” (BBC-2, Thursday, 8.05 pm). A New-Wave group called The Rejected is featured heavily and programme researcher Ian McNulty said the lads in it were the only positive youngsters they met among

Picture of Chapeltown ‘unbiased’

Paradise Lost, BBC2
Yorkshire Evening Post

A BBC programme portraying urban decay in Chapeltown, Leeds, received a mixed reaction in the area today. “City”, a 35-minute documentary on BBC 2 last night gave an extreme impression of life in the suburb, said a senior community relations officer. However, he praised the prominence given to the pupils at Harehills Middle School rehearsing for their production of Paradise Lost. Insp. Tom Tate, Community affairs inspector for Chapeltown said: “Overall, it showed

Paradise Lost, BBC2

Stephanie Ferguson’s Viewpoint
Yorkshire Evening Post

IT COULD have been down-town Harlem or even the Brazil Carnival, but it wasn’t. The opening shots of urban decay and the smiling faces that live among it took us nearer home to Chapeltown, Leeds, in “City” (BBC-2), the first of six programmes on life in our towns. “Paradise Lost” was not the usual warts and all probe into the red light and twilight zones. Instead we saw the Tiger Bay of Leeds through the eyes of its youngest residents

Paradise Lost, City, BBC2 (1979)

BBC2
8.0 New Series
City
Paradise Lost

Six films about inner cities seen through the eyes of those who live and work in them.

Chapeltown in Leeds. Back-to-back housing, high unemployment and low morale; a multi-racial, often violent, example of urban decay. A group of enthusiastic 12-year olds, encouraged and guided by dedicated teacher Nadine Senior, is preparing for the school’s Christmas production, Milton’s Paradise Lost.