Scene: There's a Motorway at the Bottom of the Garden

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started28th Sep 1972
last rpt29th Sep 1972
1 school year
duration20 mins
subject ⚖️Citizenship
age rangeAge 13-16
languageenIn English
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There's a Motorway at the Bottom of the Garden is an episode of the BBC schools TV series Scene from the 1970s, covering citizenship for secondary school pupils.

Interviews with some of the 'victims' of the motorways and by-passes being built across Britain, because they live unpleasantly close to the construction sites or because their homes have to be knocked down to make way for the new roads.

==From the teacher's notes==

Question for the class after the programme: "The people in the programme were older than the class. Would the class have felt as strongly - or don't young people mind that sort of noise and disturbance?" - Scene teacher's notes autumn 1972 p.5.

"Motorways are a recent phenomenon and the (Department of the Environment) admits that it's still learning the most efficient methods of highway construction and planning. Perhaps in a hundred years' time we will be as used to motorways across the countryside as we are to the railways. Our ancestors who lived through the period of railway construction levelled many of the same criticisms and objections at the new rail roads that we do at our motorways. Yet today people gather in special places to watch and ride on old steam engines! Perhaps in another hundrd years, when the motor car is as moribund as the steam engine, enthusiasts for the past will be having 'special commemorative drives along restored parts of the M1, at the quaint old speeds of 70 miles an hour.'" - Scene teacher's notes autumn 1972 p.4.

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