The Liverpool Echo
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
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
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.