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There's a Motorway at the Bottom of the Garden

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There's a Motorway at the Bottom of the Garden(from Scene)
BBC Schools TV
Company:BBC
First run:
28th September
1972

Repeated until 29th September 1972

(1 school year)
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Episodes:1 episode
Duration:20 minutes
Subject:Citizenship
Audience:Age 13-16
Language:In English
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Interviews with some of the 'victims' of the motorways and by-passes being built across Britain, because they live unpleasantly close to the construction sites or because their homes have to be knocked down to make way for the new roads.

From the teacher's notes

Question for the class after the programme: "The people in the programme were older than the class. Would the class have felt as strongly - or don't young people mind that sort of noise and disturbance?" - Scene teacher's notes autumn 1972 p.5.

"Motorways are a recent phenomenon and the (Department of the Environment) admits that it's still learning the most efficient methods of highway construction and planning. Perhaps in a hundred years' time we will be as used to motorways across the countryside as we are to the railways. Our ancestors who lived through the period of railway construction levelled many of the same criticisms and objections at the new rail roads that we do at our motorways. Yet today people gather in special places to watch and ride on old steam engines! Perhaps in another hundrd years, when the motor car is as moribund as the steam engine, enthusiasts for the past will be having 'special commemorative drives along restored parts of the M1, at the quaint old speeds of 70 miles an hour.'" - Scene teacher's notes autumn 1972 p.4.

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