Tales Out Of School was a quartet of very well remembered plays from the pen of David Leland that lifted the lid on the British education system and wasn’t overly impressed with what it found. The opener Birth of a Nation took us in a comprehensive school that is on the verge of collapse. Flying Into The Wind looked at home schooling. Rhino was a very disturbing look at what happens when one troubled teenage girl refuses to conform. Finally Made in Britain (directed by Alan Clarke) was about a disenfranchised teenage skinhead.
The casts included the likes of a young Tim Roth as the skinhead in Made in Britain, Jim Broadbent, Robert Stephens and Graham Crowden.
UK / ITV – Central / 4 episodes of various durations between 75 and 85 minutes / Broadcast 19 June – 10 July 1983
Writer: David Leland / Producer: Margaret Matheson
1. BIRTH OF A NATION (19 Jun 83)
2. FLYING INTO THE WIND (26 Jun 83)
3. RHINO (3 Jul 83)
4. MADE IN BRITAIN (10 Jul 83)