Scene: A First Class Friend

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started3rd Oct 1974
last rpt9th Mar 1979
5 school years
duration30 mins
subject ⚖️Citizenship
age rangeAge 13-16
languageenIn English
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A First Class Friend is an episode of the BBC schools TV series Scene from the 1970s, covering citizenship for secondary school pupils.

Martin, an ex-public school boy, takes a room above a greengrocer's shop and starts working in the shop. Despite Martin's diligent and successful efforts to save and improve the business, he constantly comes into conflict with Terry, the greengrocer's son, who it turns out is longing to get away from the shop.

==From the teacher's notes==

Notes contributed by Dr J. D. Young, lecturer in history at Stirling University: "In the play the writer shows the distorting influence of social class on potentially happy human relationships and in so doing raises some of the basic questions about class, society, income, status and people." - Scene teacher's notes autumn 1974 p.7.


Written by Leonard Kingston

In the archive

Exists. This programme is preserved in the BBC archives.


  • Autumn 1974
  • Spring 1977
  • Spring 1979

This episode had been scheduled to be broadcast first on 10th October 1974 and repeated the following day, in both the teacher's notes and the Radio Times. However in the event it was brought forward by a week and switched with a scheduled repeat of What Shall I Wear?, even though this separated A First Class Friend from its accompanying documentary, What Does Money Matter?. I believe this was done in order that schools following both the Thursday and Friday broadcasts of Scene could see A First Class Friend, as all schools TV broadcasts on Friday 11th October 1974 were cancelled for coverage of the general election results.

Also broadcast for a general audience, in the evening on BBC2 as part of a run of Scene dramas in August 1977.

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