Urban Decay

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.