Scene: The Ballad of Ben Bagot

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started8th Nov 1973
last rpt13th May 1994
21 school years
duration30 mins
subject ⚖️Citizenship
age rangeAge 13-16
languageenIn English
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The Ballad of Ben Bagot is an episode of the BBC schools TV series Scene from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, covering citizenship for secondary school pupils.

Ben Bagot is 17; bright, charming and attractive, but he has difficulty setting his sights on reality and always makes the wrong decisions for himself and others. Faced with a pregnant girlfriend, he 'chucks' his job in a shoe shop without any future plans.

==From the teacher's notes==

"Like much of Terson's writing the play is superficially a farce and fundamentally a tragedy; it is based on a real person and tries to say that though you are young you can make decisions now that affect your own life, and the lives of others, very deeply." - Scene teacher's notes autumn 1975 p.6.

"The Ballad of Ben Bagot is a familiar story - and the themes of the play are often covered in literature for young adults. The story of the intelligent, thoughtless waster who suddenly finds himself in trouble is well-known, but Peter Terson represents it in a distinctive style." - Scene teachers' notes summer 1994 p.19.


Written by Peter Terson

In the archive

Exists. This programme is preserved in the BBC archives.


  • Autumn 1973
  • Autumn 1975
  • Summer 1978
  • Spring 1987
  • Summer 1994

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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