Scene: Los Angeles, USA

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started11th Feb 1971
ended18th Feb 1971
last rpt25th Jan 1974
4 school years
duration20 mins
subject ⚖️Citizenship
age rangeAge 13-16
languageenIn English
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Los Angeles, USA is a unit of the BBC schools TV series Scene from the 1970s, covering citizenship for secondary school pupils.

Two documentaries about young people growing up in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The first programme is about middle class white children in the richest city in the world, their school lives and their interests.

The second programme is about working class black children in the Watts suburb of the same city, where serious riots took place in 1965, and about a privileged but dissatisfied white girl who has rejected the values of her parents. The second programme makes frequent reference to drug abuse.

==From the teacher's notes==

"The narcotics problem in Los Angeles is roughly equivalent to our own problem of students smoking while still at school. Parents and teachers are aware of the widespread drug use, but are unable to curb it. Drugs for many young people are increasingly being used as a means of escape from the realities of life. Needless to say drugs are certainly not the solution and while all the contributors in this programme has been heavily dependent on drugs for a long time at the time of filming all of them have recognised the false reality and the unstable crutch that the provide. As one of them says, 'When you're drugged you got to come back down, and when you're down you're back where you started, and nothing's changed.' - Scene teacher's notes spring 1971 p.10.

In the archive

Exists. Both episodes are preserved in the BBC archive: Programme 1 and Programme 2



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