Scene: Skinny Marink

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started14th Mar 1997
last rpt21st Nov 1997
2 school years
duration30 mins
subject ⚖️Citizenship
age rangeAge 13-16
languageenIn English
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Skinny Marink is an episode of the BBC schools TV series Scene from the 1990s, covering citizenship for secondary school pupils.

From the teacher's notes

From Howard Schuman's notes on "why I wrote Skinny Marink": "After the joy of working on Young Jung two years ago, I wanted to write another piece for Scene. Skinny Marink arose out of discussions with Richard Langridge, Andy Rowley and Paul Robinson. The difficulty so many men experience in sharing their fears with each other and with women, seemed logically to begin in adolescence - this seemed fertile ground for a film. (...)

"The title came to me when I remembered my Polish grandmother calling a weedy cousin of mine a 'Skinny Marink'. I could imagine this pathetic creature existing in a teenage boy's deepest nightmares: representing his most secret fears about himself." - Scene teacher's notes spring 1997 p.38.


Written by Howard Schuman


  • Spring 1997
  • Autumn 1997


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