Scene: Bank Holiday

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started2nd Mar 1972
last rpt29th Apr 1994
23 school years
duration30 mins
subject ⚖️Citizenship
age rangeAge 13-16
languageenIn English
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Bank Holiday is an episode of the BBC schools TV series Scene from the 1970s and 1990s, covering citizenship for secondary school pupils.

18-year-old friends Todd and Towzer set off by motorbike to spend a Bank Holiday weekend in Scarborough. Their long hair, cut-off denim jackets, medals, badges and swastikas lead to hostility from everyone they meet, including the police.

The following episode is a documentary, The Police and You, in which police officers give their reactions to the play. One such reaction is quoted on this site's page about The Police and You.

==From the teacher's notes==

"Bank Holiday was written in 1972, but remains a powerful and accessibe depiction of the tensions caused when a person's individuality is ignored or threatened." - Scene teacher's notes summer 1994 p.11.


Written by Colin Welland

In the archive

Exists. This programme is preserved in the BBC archives.


  • Spring 1972
  • Spring 1973
  • Spring 1975
  • Summer 1994

Also broadcast for a general audience, in the evening on BBC2 during the August Bank Holiday 1977, and again during DEF II's celebration of 25 Years of Scene Drama in October 1993.

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