Scene: The Police and You

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started9th Mar 1972
last rpt7th Mar 1975
4 school years
duration20 mins
subject ⚖️Citizenship
age rangeAge 13-16
languageenIn English
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The Police and You is an episode of the BBC schools TV series Scene from the 1970s, covering citizenship for secondary school pupils.

A documentary in which Metropolitan Police Officers give their reactions to the play Bank Holiday and describe how they see their relationship to young people.

==From the teacher's notes==

"Teachers may find it helpful to invite a member of the police to view the programme with the class and join in discussion afterwards." - Scene teacher's notes spring 1972 p.14

A quotation from a police officer speaking in the programme (and a spoiler for the ending of Bank Holiday): "'One of the most important things about police work is common-sense. The police in 'Bank Holiday' certainly didn't use theirs. No PC is going to turn round and say 'git'... it would be done in a more friendly way - 'in the morning pack it up and go on your way to another camp site.' If you're going to search, you ask. We may have the right to search but 99% of the time we will ask.'" - Scene teacher's notes spring 1973 p.6.

In the archive

Exists. This programme is preserved in the BBC archives.


  • Spring 1972
  • Spring 1973
  • Spring 1975

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