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?
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,”
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
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 , BBC2
The once popular adult cliché about schooltime as the happiest days of your life was always sadly defeatist. That the old saying can sometimes contain an element of truth was poignantly illuminated last night with BBC-2’s Paradise Lost . This vivid opener of “City,” a six-part series from BBC Manchester which
8.0 New Series
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.