Scene: The Disappearing Act

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started24th Oct 1974
last rpt14th Nov 1980
7 school years
duration25 mins
subject ⚖️Citizenship
age rangeAge 13-16
languageenIn English
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The Disappearing Act is an episode of the BBC schools TV series Scene from the 1970s and 1980s, covering citizenship for secondary school pupils.

A documentary about 14-year-old Julie Cook, who ran away from her home in Swansea and lived in London for two months. The programme was recorded a month after Julie returned home.

==From the teacher's notes==

The programme was repeated for several years after it was made: "We are repeating this film again, because although shot 6 years ago, the situation in London is, if anything, worse. Accommodation and work is even more difficult to find than in 1974.

"In 1978, Julie's mother died after a short illness. Julie and her father are happy that this film should be repeated because they hope it will help young people discuss their problems before they take such drastic action as running away." - Scene teacher's notes autumn 1980 p.8.

In the archive

Exists. This programme is preserved in the BBC archives.


  • Autumn 1974
  • Summer 1977
  • Autumn 1980


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