Work is an ITV schools TV series from the 1970s and 1980s, covering geography and careers for secondary school pupils.
A series of light-hearted documentaries, case studies and dramatisations about opportunities for pupils about to start work, presented by Sylveste McCoy.
The series was a response to a Schools Council project called 'Geography for the Young School Leaver', specifically the section on 'People, Place and Work'. The project was an early attempt to frame a school curriculum at national level, though it was a suggestion rather than the prescription of the National Curriculum which would come a decade later.
The programmes were constructed to still be useful for social and environmental studies, and general careers work for school leavers, even if teachers were not following the Schools Council project.
|1.||Why Work?||11 Jan 1978|
|2.||The Changing Nature of Work||18 Jan 1978|
|3.||Why Is It There?||25 Jan 1978|
|4.||Journey to Work||1 Feb 1978|
|5.||Unemployed||8 Feb 1978|
|6.||Equal Opportunities||15 Feb 1978|
|7.||The Changing Village||22 Feb 1978|
|8.||Work and the Environment||1 Mar 1978|
|9.||Industrial Relations||8 Mar 1978|
|10.||Work and the Future||15 Mar 1978|
1. Why Work?
Different attitudes to work and what makes people choose one job or another.
First broadcast: Wednesday 11th January 1978, 11:20am
2. The Changing Nature of Work
First broadcast: Wednesday 18th January 1978, 11:20am
3. Why Is It There?
Looking at the location of jobs by considering activities that developed around the docks in Bristol , and what changed with the opening of new docks in Avonmouth . The episode title is meant to be read alongside the series title: Work - Why Is It There?, and was sometimes listed that way.
First broadcast: Wednesday 25th January 1978, 11:20am
4. Journey to Work
Why are people prepared to make the commute to work every day when it makes them very frustrated - the programme asks the question and presents some unlikely alternatives.
First broadcast: Wednesday 1st February 1978, 11:20am
- This episode is sometimes billed as Unemployment.
First broadcast: Wednesday 8th February 1978, 11:20am
6. Equal Opportunities
Considering changes in attitudes towards "capabilities and opportunities" for women in the 1970s, and the continuing effects of prejudice and tradition.
- This episode was repeated as a Next Year at School preview for parents and teachers on 7th December 1978.
- In publicity prior to the first submission an alternative episode called New Jobs was mooted in this slot, looking at the factors which lead to new employment opportunities being created in new areas, and the consequences of such growth.
First broadcast: Wednesday 15th February 1978, 11:20am
7. The Changing Village
First broadcast: Wednesday 22nd February 1978, 11:20am
8. Work and the Environment
- This episode was known as Industrial Landscapes in descriptions sent to schools in later years.
First broadcast: Wednesday 1st March 1978, 11:20am
9. Industrial Relations
First broadcast: Wednesday 8th March 1978, 11:20am
10. Work and the Future
The programme looks at automation, alternative methods of industrial organisation such as co-operatives, and leisure.
- This episode was known as Work in the Future in descriptions sent to schools, but Work and the Future in the TV Times.
First broadcast: Wednesday 15th March 1978, 11:20am
I only know the locations of Work episodes to the town or region in which they were filmed, so there is no need to zoom in this map too much as the pins are just towards the middle of the relevant area.
|Sylveste McCoy||Sylveste McCoy|
|Film editor||Andrew Denny & John McCarthy|
|Director||Sam Fairhall & Glyn Edwards|
A booklet of teachers' notes was published to accompany the series, but there were no other specific resources. The notes cost 40p in 1978, increasing to 50p and then 55p for subsequent transmissions.
- Spring 1978: Wednesdays 11:20am, repeated Fridays 9:50am
- Spring 1979: Wednesdays 11:20am, repeated Fridays 9:47am
- Spring 1980: Tuesdays 10:16am, repeated Fridays 10:10am
- Autumn 1980: Fridays 9:58am
- These broadcasts were not fully networked according to the IBA annual report, but I'm not sure which region or regions did not show it.
Some random programmes for age 13-16 from the 1980s
|Believe It or Not|
|Standard Grade Modern Studies Topics|
|BBC Schools Radio|
|BBC Schools Radio|
|People at Work (radio)|
|BBC Schools Radio|