Scene: Consequences

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companyBBC
started10th Nov 1977
ended17th Nov 1977
last rpt11th Mar 1983
6 school years
episodes2
duration25 mins
subject ⚖️Citizenship
age rangeAge 13-16
languageenIn English
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Consequences is a unit of the BBC schools TV series Scene from the 1970s and 1980s, covering citizenship for secondary school pupils.

A two-part play about Paul, a 17-year-old Grammar school pupil who quietly starts going out with Lisa, a comprehensive school girl a year younger and a friend of Paul's sister. They abruptly announce that they intend to get married, and when their families discover that this is because Lisa is going to have a baby, they try to offer the couple all of the possibly alternatives to getting married so young and Paul abandoning his university prospects to get a job.

In the second episode Paul and Lisa keep thinking about their options and decide what to do next. The play ends with the two in a park several years later, discussing what has happened to them.

==From the teacher's notes==

"The intention of the play is to promote discussion on the nature of a teenage relationship, its problems, and above all its responsibilities. The first and second episodes will offer different possibilities for discussion and further work.

"The subjects mentioned in this play are obviously sensitive ones for classroom discussion but they are those which teenagers talks about among themselves constantly and can benefit from discussion in the presence of a responsible adult. It is important to state at the outset that the theme of the play is not sex itself but the responsibilities involved in any sexual relationship. Two reasonable teenagers will be seen in conflict with themselves not only over their responsibilities to each other and the child, but to their own parents. The parents and their attitudes to live and marriage will be an important element in the drama." - Scene teacher's notes autumn 1977 p.15.

Credits

Written by Leonard Kingston

Broadcasts

  • Autumn 1977
  • Autumn 1979
  • Spring 1983

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