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MODULE 8 TELEVISION TRANSCRIPTS

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CONSUMERISM
MAKING YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE
Clive Tom Jilly Tom Louise Tom Louise Tom How’s your new car? It’s fantastic. A toy for a boy! Louise, you ought to come for a ride in my car. I would be embarrassed if I had a car that was so bad for the environment. It’s very fast. I don’t care. And it’s big. Do you know I’ve always dreamed of having a car like that. *** This car is a dream. Yes. How did you know? It’s every man’s dream. They see a car like this and they dream of driving it with a beautiful woman in the passenger seat. You know, most men only dream. They are frightened to drive a car like this. You see, it’s safer to dream. Yes. You know, few men are brave enough to make their dreams come true. It’s a beautiful car, but it’s ... Turn on the stereo ... It sounds great, doesn’t it? Wow! ... It’s a beautiful car but it’s just a bit too expensive. Of course, if I had the money, I’d buy it. Let’s go for a drive ... just for a few minutes. But I haven’t got the money. Just for fun. *** Tom, the bank is happy to lend you the money for this new car. Great ... It’s beautiful, isn’t it? It’s going to change my life. Really? It’s going to give life meaning. Tom ... Look at it. It’s got class. Can I talk to you as a friend rather than as your bank manager? Sure. What the hell are you doing? This is a very expensive car. Do you know what the insurance on that thing will be? Do you know how fast it goes? One hundred and thirty-five miles an hour! And what about petrol? You’re just jealous. You have your Sondeus, but secretly you dream of this car. Greg, you have to be brave to make your dreams come true. ***

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Clive Then what happened? Tom I went to the garage to complain. I thought the car was under guarantee. Clive Didn’t you read the small print on the contract? Tom I didn’t read it carefully enough. *** Tom Oi! I’ve had a lot of trouble with this car. Salesman She’s like a race horse. Tom It doesn’t work. Salesman An animal like this needs a lot of attention. Tom Well. I haven’t the time or the money. Salesman She’s a lovely lady! Tom How much will you give me for it? Salesman I can give you three thousand pounds. Tom But I paid seven thousand for it. Salesman Well, yes, but it’s not easy to sell a car like this nowadays. People want more practical cars. Tom But you ... Salesman It’s the cost of the insurance and the petrol consumption. Tom You said every man dreamed of this car. Salesman Well, yes, every man dreams about it. But only a foolish man would buy it. *** Tom She’s a beautiful car. Marco I’ve always dreamed of a car like that. If I had a car like that, I’d ... Tom If you bought this car, Marco, you wouldn’t have to dream. But have to be a brave man to make your dreams come true. Marco Yes. Tom Let’s go for a drive. Marco I’d buy it if a could afford it. But I can’t. I can’t afford it. Tom Come on. Just for fun.

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MAKING COMPLAINTS

Street interviews Tamsen The last time I complained about something I was travelling by train, and my train was late, and I complained and the man was horrible. He said, ‘Why are you bothering to complain? The trains are always late.’ But I still complained. Nigel I think the last time I complained was when I didn’t get enough beer in my glass, I asked for some more, and they happily gave me some. Lucy I remember when I bought a dress from a shop and it was of inferior quality, so I took the dress back and I complained, and they gave me the money back straightaway. Gareth I don’t think the English complain enough – they always accept what’s given to them. But I, for example, complained about my car when the mechanic didn’t fix it, and I had to take it back.

*** Louisa About six months ago, I went for a meal, and there was a hair in it, so I complained and I got my money back. *** Keith I recently had loads of problems with my video recorder, which kept breaking down, and it even destroyed one of the cassettes I put in it. *** Christopher Two months ago, I bought a pair of boots in Cambridge. I took them home, put them on, but two weeks later, they’d fallen apart, so I took them back to the shop. How to be British Mike Very nice! John No, it’s not bad, is it? Mike It looks expensive! John Well, we bought it because it’s Georgian, 18th century. Mike Georgian houses are always expensive, aren’t they? John We’ve always loved Georgian architecture. It’s so stylish. Mike but it’s not cheap, is it? And it’s in a very expensive part of the town. John Well, my wife wanted to be close to our son and his wife. Mike Very nice ... if you can afford it. John Yes. Mike i don’t know how you do it. John The gardens need a little work, but we have a gardener once a week. Mike gardens? A gardener! Well, you know, I’ve got a good job, I’ve worked hard all my life, and I can only afford a small house at the other end of town. John That’s too bad! Mike I mean this house must have cost ... three hundred and twenty thousand pounds? Or more? John Oh! No! Nothing like that! Good heavens, no! Mike Well, a lot, then. John Well, I wouldn’t really like to say. Mike Go on – tell me, how much does a house like this cost? Roughly. More or less. These days? John Well. I suppose a house like this, as far as I know, would be about, roughly, in the region of, something like three hundred thousand pounds. More or less. Mike Phew! You’re only interested in money, aren’t you? News from the past Trevor News, news. Oyez! First the headlines ... Tobacco is smoked in the court of Queen Elizabeth! ... Sir Walter Raleigh plants potatoes in Ireland! ... But our main story is about the tobacco brought back by Sir John Hawkins from the New World. Now over to our health correspondent, Sit Sydney Walsingham. Sir Sydney, how did this tobacco smoking start? Sir Sydney Well, Trevor, it seems that the Indians in America started it. then Sir John Hawkins brought some tobacco back from the New

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World and started smoking it in the court of Queen Elizabeth. So, why are so many people starting to smoke tobacco? Well, Trevor, I think it’s mainly fashion. The fashionable gentlemen started smoking, and now everyone wants to copy them! And, of course, some doctors think smoking is good for you. how would I feel if I smoked some tobacco? Well, Trevor, you’d feel sick. But they say that you would get used to it. Fire! This is a problem with smoking. Ordinary people often think you’re on fire. Back to you in the studio, Trevor. And now for the rest of the news. Sir Walter Raleigh has always been seen as one of the cleverest people of the Elizabethan age, but today he did something that most people in the court are saying is very stupid. Sir Walter has taken this strange potato plant from the New World and has planted it in Ireland. People say the potato will be a very popular food in Britain! What will he think of next? That’s all the news from me. Goodbye.

From the archive Those who sell, and all who manufacture what is sold, know that American women often have the deciding voice in whatever we come to buy. They offer her the romance, the adventure, of choosing from foods gathered from the four corners of America, and indeed from all the world. All well lighted for selection, placed where she can reach them. Arranged for time saving as sell as money-saving selection, even though she may shop only once a week. Behind all she sees and buys, are suppliers, and suppliers of suppliers. Men and women who know how much the many pennies they save in handling what she buys, before she buys, may mean to her in individual purchases. These are pennies saved that enable her to give the family more for the penny. Looking for low price, she may be wiser than those who think the most is always the cheapest.

DOCUMENTARY
Gary (VO) London at Christmas. At this time of the year, the commercial streets in the city become a paradise for consumers. Sara (VO) According to tradition, it is bad luck to put up Christmas decorations before Christmas Eve. But the streets and the shops in London light up many days before then with millions of coloured lights that remain on until January 6th. Gary (VO) Big department stores known all over the world, such as Liberty’s, Hanleys, the toy shop, Harrods or Selfridges, spend huge amounts of money in order to have the most beautifully decorated shop windows. Sara (VO) Much more money, however, is spent on presents. Giving presents is a tradition which

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became common in Victorian days. Until then the custom was to give presents to children and servants on New Year’s Day or on the night of January the fifth. Nowadays presents are exchanged on Christmas Day. But just as important as Christmas shopping are the January sales. In some big department stores, such as Harrods, the first day of the sales has become a true ceremony. On this occasion, the countdown was initiated by James Bond himself, the actor Pierce Brosnan. Thousands of people go to the sales on the first day, hoping to find a bargain. The January sales can be a good opportunity to save some money, but also to spend too much on things we don’t really need or that are not very good quality. We asked Mr Cobden, a spokesman for Selfridges, one of the most important department stores in London, if he thinks it is a good idea to buy at the sales. The sale period is a very good time in which to buy products. All the products that we would keep on the shop floor during the sale period would be of first quality. We won’t be buying any second-quality products, and they would represent significant savings to any customer who comes into Selfridges. Do you think shops well different-quality products when they have a sale? There are some companies who are buying different products during the sale period. But in my two areas, as throughout the store, we keep exactly the same products on the shop floor during the sale period. Otherwise you’re giving two different kinds of stores out to your customers, which can be confusing. For five weeks, until the end of January, all shops cover their shop windows with posters advertising their sales. During the sales, the laws protecting consumers are still valid, although not all the shops respect them. That’s why we asked Mr Cobden if consumers’ rights are protected. Yes, there are laws have been passed by our Parliament, which protect consumers’ rights during sale periods and outside of sale periods. Within Selfridges we also have a Customer Care policy, where we will always be looking after customers’ rights, whether written into law or not. Do you think it’s necessary to protect consumers’ rights? I think it’s very important to protect our customers, and all customers, because not every company that’s on the High Street is as honest and as open as the big department stores that we have in London. So I think it’s critical. With a few exceptions, shopping in London is a real pleasure at any time of the year. Even at the sales, most shops follow one of the golden

rules of commerce, the rule that says that the customer is always right.

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EARTH MATTERS
ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
All Tom Clive Tom Clive Jilly Louise Cheers! The traffic was terrible tonight. It’ll be better when they’ve built the new road. Aren’t they planning to build the new road through Highfield Woods? I hope they’re not. Those woods are beautiful. If Councillor Appleby wants the road to go through the woods, then it will. I’ve found out some interesting information about Councillor Appleby – I went to see him yesterday. *** Our readers are worried about this new road. They want to know why it is going through an area of Special Scientific Interest. The road has to go somewhere. Many of our readers say there would be no new road. You are very naïve, Miss Case. i had hoped that the editor of The Echo would send a more experienced reporter. Someone who understands the importance of local industry. You know, Mr Appleby, your brother interests me greatly. My brother? Yes. I understand, Mr Appleby, that your brother has recently bought some land near Wentworth Road. Yes? That land is on route B. I don’t know anything about that. So, if route B goes ahead, your brother will make a lot of money. Miss Case, please sit down. If the new road goes through Highfield Woods, my readers will be very interested in your brother’s land. Miss Case ... Thank you for your time, Councillor Appleby. Miss Case ... *** That’s fantastic! Well done, Louise. Louise, you’ve saved Highfield Woods. You’ve probably saved a lot of wildlife as well. I was really happy when I came out of Councillor Appleby’s office. But then the most awful thing happened ... *** Yes! Yes! Yes! ... Oh, my God! ... I’m sorry. You’re not supposed to park on the pavement. I know. I can’t push the baby through here. I have to go on the road. Your car shouldn’t be parked here. I’m sorry.

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but I probably don’t do enough. bottles. we recycle all our newspapers. I never throw litter and I collect glass bottles when I use them. Mike A few trees! You used to have the most beautiful forest at the end of your garden! John Yes.. Case against the Car.. there were one or two wild animals in the trees. No. The first coaches from Holland have arrived in London. we take to the bottle bank nearby. Are you still President of the Conservation Society? John Yes. Sir Sydney Walsingham.. you don’t. which are pulled by one. Sean To protect the environment. Trevor The flea? But the flea is so small. I’m really sorry. She’s the best writer on that paper. Oh. Tamsen I . Mike There used to be such a wonderful view from your house. And one or two doctors say that the plague might be carried by the common flea. B RECYCLING Street interviews Mrs Simpson Well. Louise Case . Parking on the pavement shouldn’t be allowed. Sir Sydney That’s right. They say that is where the plague comes from. I’m sorry. I’m going to write a letter to The Echo. I think he has asthma because of car exhaust fumes. You had to park somewhere. so I suppose that’s good for the environment. Nigel When I’m at home i Yorkshire. Come on. does anyone have any idea what causes this plague? Sir Sydney Well. fleas live on rats.Mother Louise Mother Louise Mother Louise Mother Louise Mother Louise Mother Louise Mother Louise Mother Louise Clive Louise Tom You don’t care. Mike And you had those birds. Everybody wants one. Everyone is in a hurry. I’m sure she knew who I was. it was rather nice. isn’t it? Mike It certainly is. really. I tend to put them in bins for recycling. John I’m sorry? Mike I said you have to shout. *** It was the most embarrassing moment of my life. . John Yes. And the first coaches are seen on the streets of London! . You have to shout because of the noise.. Louise. it’s back to you in the studio.. Over to our health correspondent. I had a very important meeting. I had to push my baby in the road. Mrs Cornish We collect newspapers. Mike Yes. it is a bit of a shame that a few trees were cut down. I think that’s my main contribution to helping the environment. News from the past Trevor News. and all glass that we have. such as newspapers and bottles. Goodbye. John Yes. over 30. You see. So. yes. John Well.. batteries too. I’m afraid that it is quite a busy road. Although they’re very uncomfortable. I always take the bus or go by train or bicycle. you know.. Gareth I live with three people. wasn’t it? Mike It was full of wildlife. Something has to be done about the traffic in this town.. She knows what she’s talking about. etc. I’m really. And my baby has asthma... She’s an excellent journalist. you’re not that famous. 000 people die in London from the plague . Really? That woman . Louisa I drink a lot of canned drinks. How to be British Mike Isn’t it terrible? John What is? Mike The eight-lane motorway at the bottom of your garden! John Yes. two or four horses. news! First the headlines . really sorry. are already causing traffic problems in the city. And the rats eat the dead bodies of the asnimals and humans that are left in the streets. The new coaches. We were nearly killed. she understands. But the main story of the century is the terrible plague. Trevor. tins and bottles for recycling. and we save newspapers and take them back to be recycled and we also save tin cans and plastic bottles to recycle as well. Louise Case? You should read what she says... I was in a hurry.. Trevor. Trevor And now for the rest of the news.. Christopher At home. Sir Sydney. I am so sorry. doctors don’t agree. others are saying it’s all in the stars. I do. Sir Walter said it took him over two hours to get to the Tower. the ones with the green and red feathers . John Ah. I recycle everything that I can. you know. I use unleaded petrol in my car and I sometimes recycle old newspapers.. I’m sure it was very important. Woodpeckers. That’s the problem. I am. I help by restoring a local steam railway and planting trees alongside the track. Trevor. Wildlife interests me quite a lot. I don’t drive. I felt awful. In one year. um and deposit them in bottle banks. you wouldn’t drive a car.. Some doctors are saying we’re being punished by God. Lucy Well. and Queen Elizabeth herself has said that something needs to be done about the traffic problem soon. they keep the rain out. but apart from that there’s not really very much I do. That’s all from That’s English! news. do you? Yes. If you read what she’d said about global warming.

and sea-life has been destroyed. Biodiversity. That includes climate change and ozone depletion. the trade in toxic materials. but what is undeniable is that. energy and atmosphere issues. We asked Ms Blair Paleace. like the rest of the world. twenty years or so. air-polluting factories have been built. one of the people in charge of this department. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next ten. thousands of tons of waste of all kinds have been produced.. Well. We are based in thirty countries and we were founded in 1971. Supporters and sceptics do agree on one thing. What has been Greenpeace’s contribution to this change in people’s attitudes? . Man People do talk very much about industrial problems um. So not only must there be recognition. but I think that’s in a way why Greenpeace is being allowed in. One of them is Greenpeace. in all these years many national governments and private companies have come to accept their proposals. but we really have an awful lot to learn here. mankind seems to have started a race towards it own destruction. they’ve got. Greenpeace has been a major player in forcing the environment firmly onto the international agenda .. In terms both of its campaigning and its publicity machine. to campaign against the nuclear tests that the USA were carrying out in the north of Alaska. A small group of people decided to go to the testing area on a ship which they named ‘Greenpeace’. That’s a positive step forward. ecologically like every other. and I think . The name summed up the group’s philosophy: “We want peace. Sara (VO) These are the Greenpeace offices in London. I mean Russia in particular has tremendous. Greenpeace was set up in 1971. some of the biggest names in rock spoke up for Greenpeace. tremendous problems. The motorway had to go somewhere. ITN. in the last few years many organizations have been set up. The Department of International Communications is also based here. eh? It can’t be helped. but there must also be the ability and the will to make the changes necessary. water pollution. and we want it to be green”. I think governments around the world have begun to recognise that environmental problems are a concern for everyone and that they must be addressed on the same level as many of the other problems facing the world. got a lot of problems like. overuse of pesticides and fertilizers. which involves everything from forests to fisheries and the marine environment. Through peaceful but often very dramatic campaigns. Never mind. in the Bay of Biscay. Greenpeace is an international environmental organization. which has been followed by many others. both power and weapons. I know it’s a terrible thing. as we call them. That includes toxics. Voiceover In Red Square. Gary (VO) Ms Blair Paleace Gary (VO) Ms Blair Paleace Sara (VO) Gary (VO) DOCUMENTARY Gary (VO) In the last decades. they have managed to change the attitude of many people towards the environment. Nuclear issues. to explain to us what exactly Greenpeace is. Annie Lennox It’s an absolute vital message and if people don’t get the message. as a pressure group. Greenpeace is often highly successful. toxic waste.. In the name of progress. delayed missile firings and highlighted the issue of whaling. That was their first action. On other issues. trees are have been cut down. Ah. air pollution.. But fortunately. agricultural uh. Chrissie Hynde They’re in a hell of a state here. in a quarter of a century of campaigning.Mike And you’re a Director of the National Wildlife Association? John Yes. And finally. And what’s more important. From the archive Presenter Its methods are often controversial. every other country. well. They make sure that information on all the Ms Blair Paleace Gary (VO) campaigns organized by Greenpeace reaches newspapers and television stations in the whole world. Greenpeace has branches in over thirty countries in five continents. What are your main objectives? Greenpeace works on a number of different campaign areas. At present. but making the changes necessary is often very difficult and very political. Jonathan Monroe. We use direct action or protest tactics to raise the level of awareness about environmental issues and to bring about positive environmental change. with more than five million members. willing to work for a world in harmony with nature. Greenpeace has stopped nuclear waste dumps. Man The Chernobyl disaster was responsible for a big change in attitude in Russia.

Yes. He’s a lovely man. Young people appreciate a multicultural society much more than older people.. Alex Jilly Alex Jilly Alex Jilly Alex Jilly Alex Jilly Alex Jilly Alex Jilly Alex Jilly Alex Tom Louise Tom Louise Jilly Alex 3 A MANY PEOPLE. green or blue. we are destroying ourselves. I think we should change that – make The Echo more multiracial. Gary (VO) But we need something more than big campaigns to preserve the world we live in.. Why do you want the job? There are tens of thousands of people living in this area who are black or Asian. We mustn’t forget that. Let’s talk in my office . for instance. I’ve got lots of other ideas. *** . But I want to know something that is .. Jilly Recently I’ve been interviewing for trainee journalists . Anyway.. These issues that people might not otherwise see if Greenpeace had not turned its attention to those issues and raised awareness about them by protesting the environmental problems we see going on in those places. I had a girl in the office who wanted to do some articles on ethnic food . MANY BACKGROUNDS A MULTIRACIAL SOCIETY Jilly Alex Tom Lasagna and French fries! What has happened to the traditional English pub meal? Clive We’re Europeans now. Ms Blair Paleace Well. yes. We were brought up in a multicultural society. Racist! What do you mean? It discriminates against black people.. white. Are you Jilly Partridge? Jilly Yes? Alex I’m Alex.. the girl had some good ideas. Alex. Jilly You’re Alex Peterson? I was expecting a man. whether that be using less energy. *** Alex Hello. the green movement has become more influential. curries. the preservation of the environment is everybody’s responsibility. I think the most important thing that people can do to help the environment is to be aware of environmental impacts in their day-to-day life. She’s going to work as my assistant. Jilly Alex Jilly Louise Tom What about Joe? Who’s Joe? He’s worked in the print room for fifteen years. Oh! ... Some of our advertisers aren’t going to like it. It’s not just black people that like reggae. to contribute where they can to bringing about change. But I’m not just interested in writing stories about black people.Ms Blair Paleace Well. to be honest. French nuclear testing in the SouthPacific islands. Today’s main story is about a black man. we’ve never had a black person working at The Echo. Sara (VO) Today more than ever. That’s why we asked what we can do to help solve the problems affecting the environment. The Echo is a traditional newspaper. you’re right. Oh.. No. *** She’s starting work on Monday. and of course. The one who robbed the bank – bad news! Most stories in the newspaper are bad news. This was just a funny story about the worst pub food in the world. Sara (VO) All the work of these last years hasn’t been in vain. I’ve come about the job as trainee journalist. if we destroy nature.. I have talked to a lot of people in the black community.. great. fish creole . You should meet him. Oh. Tom I don’t care if we are Europeans! I’m going to fight to save the traditional English pub! Jilly That’s interesting. tell me. a lot of young white readers will be interested in ethnic music and dance. Tom. Everybody’s help is needed. And then really recognising the role that we all play in the bigger environmental world. Here are some articles I wrote for a students’ magazine . it doesn’t. Don’t you? *** The problem is eighty or ninety per cent of our readership is Anglo Saxon. he’s my dad. We’re doing a new cookery series next month. I don’t go in the print room much. I don’t think it matters if she’s black. So.. I’m sure the paper will benefit. I think some of your readers would like to try some of these recipes – you know. We’ll get some new ones. Jilly Well. Really? Yeah. It’s a good idea. I want to change that. perhaps we should lose some of those advertisers. I’d say we’d like to think we’ve raised awareness globally about environmental issues.. and they say that your newspaper isn’t interested in black events or stories. Really? Well.. And most of them don’t buy The Echo because it is racist. Black people are in the headlines sometimes. or consuming less.. I have never seen a West Indian or an Asian recipe in the paper. whether it be goods or using less toxic materials. In the United Kingdom.. nuclear waste dumping at sea. Alex And you weren’t expecting a black person. in particular in areas where environmental issues like whaling. Well. as in most industrialized countries. I think The Echo would sell more newspapers if it were interested in multicultural events. I’m really pleased.

news. then find ways to fight the racism in yourself..’ Trevor Were people shocked at this mixed marriage? Sir Sydney Well. I was really looking forward to working with you. but Queen Elizabeth says that the Irish problem will soon be solved. um yeah. It is um. I think that children are growing up together much more in mixed schools today. Tourists from all over Europe come to visit London! . Nigel I think racism exists in this country. Mr Dunton I don’t believe that the colour of your skin should debar you for making any sort of . more tourists than in any other century are visiting London. Over to our court correspondent. three years ago the English explorer. and I thought you were the ideal bloke for the job. Um. An Indian woman from the New World meets Queen Elizabeth! . me? Yes. From the archive Voiceover Idio Dunton was offered a job as an accountant by a London based firm. Trevor.. I think now the problem’s lessened. Well. News! First. the young daughter of a Red Indian chief.. John Another drink? Mike No.. yes. And the Tower of London is especially popular with tourists. *** Dennis Racism I think. met Pocahontas. Goodnight. Street interviews Keith Racism is a problem in Great Britain today. This is an exception.. telling him the offer had been withdrawn after intervention from the company’s Managing Director. but it is. I mean. say in the 1960s. Louisa Be open minded.. How to be British Mike Do you think there are too many foreign people in Britain? John I don’t know how many foreign people there are in Britain. Lucy I think racism is a problem all over the world and I think what we have to do is be conscious of it. it is not so bad as in many. Trevor Thank you. he was going to make life very difficult. and make sure that we as individuals are not racist. Message To cut a long story short. Trevor Do you think we’re going to see many more interracial marriages in this country? Sir Sydney Well. Mike Oh. and it’s certainly something that needs dealing with in the near future. News from the past Trevor News. Well. met our gracious Queen Elizabeth today. what are the Conservative Party’s views on immigration? John Are you sure you won’t have a drink? Mike No. the main story. Trevor. Trevor.. They say they don’t want to be part of a multiracial Britain. um. this is terribly difficult.000 in compensation. thanks. do you? Who.. That’s all from That’s English! news.’ Trevor And what did Queen Elizabeth think of her? Sir Sydney Her Majesty was amused. he got a call which he recorded. what about the Labour Party? John The Labour Party . Mrs Simpson I think racism is more of a problem now than it was. The Welsh. Are you going to vote for them? John Er . Sir Sydney. If you are ignorant you’re going to be prejudiced and it must be. I’m fine. But first.. but just before he was due to start.. Mike Yes. He told her. the headlines . And I don’t care. it is there. Vicki To fight racism. I do think there is a large problem with racism in Britain. I don’t mind . I’m glad. it must start early in schools. Am I going to vote for the Labour Party? That’s rather a difficult question. Pocahonta’s father did not want her to marry. ‘We’re going to get married and visit England. the Scots and the Irish don’t like the English. John Rolfe. Pocahontas. It’s got to be education. for a start. It doesn’t really matter to me. goodness me. ‘I don’t care if John’s skin is white. The company denies discrimination but paid him £11. emigrated to England. And there are going to be more. why has Pocahontas come to England! Sir Sydney Well. Is that the time? I must be going. Derek I don’t think racism is as much of a problem as it used to be. but I hope that in the future things are going to get better. Pocahontas said.important! Jilly What? Tom Will she buy the drinks on Friday night? Mike John Mike John B LIVING TOGETHER You don’t like talking about politics. I think we should have a black prime minister. you. And one of the main attractions is London Bridge. Sean I think the first thing you have to ask yourself is. but I’m not sure how to deal with it.. I’m fine. Now for today’s other story. Mike There are a lot. Christopher Yes. And finally. I don’t think so. would you shut the door? John Well.. Sir Sydney Walsingham. the Cornish.. he effectively said that if it was you. we love each other very much. so everyone at court is talking about the new Red Indian look. you know. Sir Sydney. and that’s going to help a lot. many other countries. Are you racist? And if you are. when my parents first came. it’s politics.

Also for help and guidance and especially the older generation has difficulties with the language problem. it’s what you have up here. the nature of their work makes them feel that they have to be part of their community. Isn’t he cute? Maria . it is clear that these new British citizens. it was a disaster. In Britain he got married and raised a family. Gary (VO) Do you feel discriminated in any way? Errol Lashley No. although nearly half of them were born in Britain.. *** Are you American. from Barbados. Presenter Today’s report shows that despite numerous statements of good intent. his is also a multiracial family. Gary (VO) We wanted to know what kind of problems an immigrants’ family has integrating into British culture. And that is why they have to keep close together. I work for the people in the city. Gary (VO) Answer Gary (VO) David Tan DOCUMENTARY Gary (VO) A walk around London is enough to realise that Britain today is a multiracial society. Have you ever felt any kind of discrimination? Answer When I first came to this country.. consequently. But in spite of all the problems mentioned. Why. and I help them in every respect of their lives. We came to Chinatown to find our what problems the Chinese community has... And so far I don’t feel any way different. what happened last weekend? My American cousin and her boyfriend had invited themselves to stay. are enriching the social and cultural life of the United Kingdom. Another thing. I don’t think that at all. most of other businesses are shut.. Eric is English. Gary (VO) This is an area where many people of Caribbean origin live. Voiceover The Commission for Racial Equality says such discrimination is still rife. in 1956. but we’re still in the centre of London. You know. But now they have accepted us and I think it’s beginning to change. But they did not know how well cultured our country was. She’s lived in Great Britain since 1972 and works as a translator.progress. Gary (VO) But many of those new British citizens may have had problems to integrate into British society. Isn’t that right. In your opinion. he’s a mix of different ethnic American groups . leaving members of ethnic minorities twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterparts . And this is Mr Lashley’s home. because . and all that you can see in Chinatown itself proper. Sara (VO) Errol Lashley arrived in Britain. In the early days. But after going through the process of life here I think I’ve overcome that and I do not allow it to get to me. Eric? Well. Jennifer Nadel. with their varied cultural backgrounds. From the moment they arrived.. It looks like China. it can be to do with their businesses. ITN. I would say I feel a little bit discriminated. At the end of the day.. If I was to apply for a job and an English person was to apply for the job I’m sure I would be definitely discriminated against. It can be to do with schools. Gary (VO) David Tan Gary (VO) That’s where I experienced it in the beginning. German. why is the Chinese community so closed? As far as the older generation is concerned. many of Britain’s leading employers are continuing to discriminate on racial grounds. Sara (VO) Four per cent of the population of the United Kingdom are not of Anglo-Saxon origin. with many companies failing to ensure equality. I did feel it. I went for a job interview and I was asked there whether in our country we had English typewriters or in Hindi typewriters. they go to their own clubs and they have their own meetings. create any problems Gary (VO) To find out more about discrimination. I assist families in interpreting and translation in schools. Eric? All Tom All Marco Jilly Marco Marco Maria Eric Maria . My name is David Tan. I came here at a young age and I’ve adjusted myself to the culture of the British people.. 4 A WE CAME TO AMERICA THE AMERICAN MELTING POT Cheers! To the weekend! To the weekend! It has to be better than last weekend. From what we could see. the way they work . So. not now. and I’m the Chinese Community Liaison Officer for Westminster City Council. with the planning matters. by the time they finish.. Do you think you have the same opportunities as an Anglo-Saxon person? No... my surname is T-AN. not what people can see on the outside. Errol Lashley I do not feel any different. Sara (VO) So we asked Mr Lashley if he felt different from an ordinary British person of the same social or economic status. at the Commission for Racial Equality. we chose a representative of the Indian community. Dutch. Let’s find out. African and Irish. if you are travelling on the tubes they don’t want to sit next to you. Tan.

then the tomatoes and then garlic on top.. doesn’t it. Mike I’m Mr Jones. he was shy. are you doing any marriage guidance counselling this weekend? B AMERICA THROUGH BRITISH EYES How to be British John Hi. Some people prefer an olive in a Martini cocktail... Louise I didn’t think that Americans were shy. do you have to talk like that? Maria And his religious groups are Catholic and at least five types of Protestant . Eric and Maria both knew in their hearts that their relationship had finished. you have got the Chinese in Chinatown.. You just have to come and see for yourself. honey? Eric Yeah. Cherokee blood. Marco Would you like an olive or lemon in your Martini? Maria We’d love an olive. Eric I just said that. she was still telling me about the Jewish cousins. but you mustn’t put lemon juice in this soup – it will taste terrible. so she thought she had to talk even more. I love lemon. I’ll have to visit you one day.. but . *** Jilly Sounds like a difficult weekend.. Mike Hello. uh? Mike Um . An hour later. Marco No.. it’s a really nice place to visit. Jilly So. Marco Yes. It’s not good that way. I’m not sure any more. do you love him? Maria He’s a really nice man. John My wife chooses all my clothes. honey? Eric No. Maria Marco. but as long as people live in ghettos. how is your trip going? Eric England’s nice. somewhere. but do you love him? Maria I know he doesn’t talk much. yes. anywhere seems slow. Eric’s first ancestor to go to the New World was Dutch . Marco Well. he’s a great guy. Maria Eric and I? Marco Maria. wouldn’t we.. but do you love him? Maria You have to admit he’s handsome. there is always something happening in New York. Maria No. eh? Mike No.. black and Cherokee. Oh. Marco Sure. Lemon with chicken can be wonderful. Marco The truth. honey? Eric Yeah. honey. tell me. John Bad taste.Eric That’s about it. I’m not... I have to go. and some of my cousins are Jewish.. Maria Isn’t he cute? Can you see the Cherokee bone structure? Marco Yeah. Marco But do all those different cultures complement each other? Maria What do you mean? Marco With a good soup. we had a few Martinis. There’s ancient wisdom there . And he hardly said a world. then the onions. Maria Well. What do you think of them? Mike Well . *** Marco It was a big mistake to ask him if he was American. then you’ve got the Latin American in the Barrio . Maria What are you saying? Marco I’m saying some people are suited to each other and . Maria You don’t have to sleep at night. he’s handsome. There are so many different foods. Marco Yes. and Eric always says the food in New York is the best. were we. Marco. The soup tastes terrible! Maria It sure does! Marco They call America ‘the melting pot’.. it was OK: On Sunday night. there’s French as well Maria But his racial groups are white. John Did your wife choose it for you? Mike No. but it seems slow. Lemon is beautiful. Eric Honey. Maria Oh. an olive will be fine. Maria Yeah. You mustn’t have olive oil on the bottom. Excuse me... and he has some Jewish cousins.. Lemon complements the Martini perfectly. Marco Yes. you must come and visit us in New York. Eric Yeah. and they agreed to be friends. but I prefer lemon. but Maria. *** Marco So. You would love it. John Maybe you’re not married. thank you. Eric .. Do you love him? Maria When we first met. Maria Hey.. That’s why he’s so beautiful. the Italians in Little Italy . Jilly That’s sad. But we weren’t invited to the wedding. John How are you doing? Mike I’m fine. After New York. John My name’s Jack. It’s just like being in Italy. John Hey. Maria You know. Isn’t that right. What do you think of Eric? Isn’t he wonderful? Don’t you just love him! Marco Yeah. but he’s very intelligent. Maria You look at his face carefully. Maria And one of his cousins has married a Puerto Rican. I thought I was in love with him. all the ingredients have to blend together. Mike Thank you. Marco Yes.. Eric.. honey? Eric Sure.. Maria It’s the most multicultural city in the world.. honey? Eric Yeah. In New York. She didn’t stop talking. .. that’s a really great shirt you’re wearing. Isn’t there. come on tell me the truth. there will always be problems. Maria What do you think? Should Eric and I get married? Marco Well .

*** Tamsen No. Gareth I would like to live in America. Unfortunately. I could live in Canada – it seems very nice on the television. A sweeping invitation that. And the Indians thought that the strangers were gods. I was born in Korea. through the burrs and blur of longing of hope and fear. but I’d like to stay living in England where there’s more history and my family are here. the difference. what exactly is the problem in America? Sir Sydney Well. I love her so much. there are so many interesting people and so many interesting things to see. and the French and the Dutch are exploring North America. Poland. I wouldn’t like to live in America. And are the Red Indians really Indians? But first. when Sir Walter Raleigh arrived here. of course. Dutch and French try to settle in America! . English. Christopher I think I would like to live in America. Vicki I would not like to live in America because of the violence I’ve heard about. I was born in South Korea. so that the signing hand doesn’t shake. There were reports of more fighting on the east coast of America between the Red Indians and the British colonists. he hears the officer saying that everything is in order. Trevor. It’s not just the English who are trying to exploit America. Colombia. halt him now? What is the officer thinking? Am I suspected? These are slow. I’ve been to stay wit some friends in New York and I liked it very much. You know. inspired by immigrants and addressed to immigrants. So what is going to happen? Well. I must be going. And now for the other main stories. Yes. um. I think. man. Ecuador. leaden with old fear. Mr Cornish Too fast. I miss her so much. he’s welcome here. For God’s sake. Trevor. we don’t like their way of living actually. but I think the pace of life. Louisa I would like to live in America for their icecream. I would love to visit it. That’s all from That’s English! news. the main story. they go about doing things. the different way they. several boats full of English people have arrived her. tempest-tossed to me’. But to a newcomer of Laing’s experience. the headlines . you mustn’t wave that flag. . Julia No. I’d like to live in New York particularly. South America. everyone thought that the native Indians Trevor Sir Sydney Trevor were very gentle. Sir Sydney Walsingham. I like it because it’s so different from England. From the archive On the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty are carved the words: ‘Send these. Johan Laing. we. DOCUMENTARY Sara (VO) New York is said to be the capital of the world. I wouldn’t like to live in America. Trevor. Oh. That would mean.. all officialdom is fearsome. the native Americans are saying the land is not for sale. Mrs Simpson No. but not permanently. I hope you don’t have to stay there too long. I come from India. Question Where do you come from? Answers From Israel.. the gentle Indian has become very angry. I wouldn’t like to actually live there.. You have to pull yourself together! John Do you know why she left me? She said I never expressed my emotions. in the studio. Welcome. The Spanish are finding gold in central America. and speaking today more directly than ever to the refugee. I was born in Warsaw. So back to you. I also wouldn’t like to live there because I’d miss the English pub culture. some flaw. Goodbye. she left me last year. a third of the population of New York City have been born somewhere else. I wouldn’t like to live in America. News from the past Trevor News. These were their answers. News! First. Fierce fighting continues in America . He must brace himself. She’s great. it’s too noisy over there. Welcome to America. all is as it should be. marching moments. The settlers wanted to buy up As much land as possible. you mustn’t cry. And it certainly shouldn’t belong to the English. a report out today says that America may not be the same place as India. But Canada. I come from Indonesia. the. We asked a few people in the street where they came from. and their food is incredible.. For hundreds of years. Where do I come from? From South America. They say the land shouldn’t belong to anyone. Over to our foreign correspondent. And then. news. No. that the Indians in America aren’t Indians at all. Sir Sydney. Nigel I think I’d like to live in America for a while. Sir Sydney.John Mike John Mike John Mike But I love her anyway. And finally.. Can some oversight. Mrs Cornish No.. anxiety is chronic with him. US immigration officers have painlessly shown the way to those who knocked at freedom’s door. Spanish. the homeless. Not in the street. loving and kind. I’d like to visit it. It’s very confusing. Gary (VO) We decided to carry out a street survey. no. In the last few years. It’s a place where practically all races and religions are present. Trevor Sir Sydney Street interviews Sean I’d love to live in America. I think it’s a very exciting city.

Today Harlem is the most important black neighbourhood in New York. and has kept their language and their religious traditions fervently. I thought I knew her . I was born right here. Shop owner Isn’t it awful? Jilly Sorry? Shop owner All those homeless people in the street. ah. Jilly Do you know. 5 A THE GREAT DIVIDE RICH AND POOR Tom Yeah. it’s basically that New York is a tolerant city. Walking around the streets of this city is like going on a quick tour around the world. but they have kept the characteristic atmosphere of the Italian way of life. that’s not unusual these days. If there’s a key to New York and racism. The project. and its inhabitants keep a great part of their customs and their culture. Toleration is where New York is at. Shop owner Good morning. Juliet I’m hungry. it’s culture. Have you got any change? Jilly No. Marco Well. In fact. The Jewish community in New York has always been very influential. Frank Vardy The difference between New York and other towns is that New York has always had this influx from the rest of the world. It’s always been that wa. Shop owner Yes. Hispanics are the fastest-growing ethnic minority in New York City. but .. as far as I’m concerned. This little oriental city. if every they break out it’s front-page news. Hispanics occupy an important place in the Big Apple too. There’s always enough of them showing through. That’s why we asked Frank Vardy if there are racial conflicts in this city. The city of the thousand cultures.. I saw this homeless girl this morning. Jilly Where to? . it is just a few streets. whether it’s language or it’s art. the police should move them. madam.. New York seems to keep a difficult balance of races and cultures. Manhattan. this is Tom Sykes. but there are also a great number of Dominicans. The ‘Big Apple’ is. In fact. She asked me for money. Could I speak to Ms Niesson. Not far from Chinatown you can find some of the most orthodox Jews in the world. but when I first saw her. there are more and more of them. and New Yorkers accept this willingly and are always ready to take advantage of something good that’s come from some place else. Jilly No. those animosities are non-existent for the great part. Cubans and Colombians.. Puerto Ricans are the largest group.Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Frank Vardy Gary (VO) I’m from Bangladesh. failed and it was the black immigrants arriving in New York who finally settled here. Sara (VO) This is New York. Jilly Something ought to be done about the homeless. Jilly I’m sorry. Harlem was planned as a district for the rich. Yes it’s Sykes ... madam? Jilly Thank you. lies right in the centre of Manhattan. He knows the problems created by the mixture of cultures very well.. please . Most of the people living in it are black. It’s regarding the shares in . when the immigrants from those countries come to New York. As you could see and hear. Shop owner Would you like to try it on.. Nowadays. All Cheers! Louise What’s Tom doing? Clive He’s got some financial information about a company. I think this should fit you perfectly. in fact. In the local shops you can buy the same produce as in Beijing. and he knows how that affects the city’s way of life. *** Juliet Have you got any change? Just a few pennies? . where even the telephone booths look like pagodas. Mr Vardy is a demographer in New York City Hall. whether it’s food or it’s fashion. Everywhere in New York you can hear that strange mixture of English and Spanish called ‘Spanglish’. It’s the amalgam of all of these particular flavours that make the New York experience. it’s theatre. although there are racial animosities and religious animosities across the world.. Jilly I am interested in the green coat in the window. Shop owner I didn’t mind it when there were just one or two. the diversity of accents and cultures is the rule in New York. S-Y-K-ES. where no one feels a foreigner.. Many streets in the old Italian quarter have been absorbed by Chinatown. however. a collection of smaller neighbourhoods where their inhabitants keep a great part of the culture and lifestyle of their countries of origin. because they just don’t occur in New York.. One of the most typical ethnic neighbourhoods in Manhattan is ‘Little Italy’. They always have the flavour from other parts of the world. they should do something about it. Jilly Yes. He thinks he’s going to make lots of money.. Because they never quite melt.

Clive Yes.. I always try to give them money whenever I can. I think it’s a very good idea.. Well. Jilly It’s too expensive. I lost hope. *** Louisa In terms of who’s to blame. Clive And? Tom She said my shares are going to go up and up. Things started to go wrong when you wrote your article in The Echo. It helps the homeless get off the streets and back into society. It gives the homeless a chance to get some money. Mrs Cornish It seems to be a problem. Juliet No other company in the City wanted me. Juliet Yeah? All right then. partly. so. They look at my customers with such sad. but I started to believe it. the government. So? Jilly Look.. Jilly I thought I knew the girl. I mean. um maybe their background. pathetic faces. I owed a lot of money. um it’s recorded as such so it must be. she could have got a job. she wouldn’t have lost her job. madam. partly. I think it’s a problem because so many mental hospitals have been closed as a result of Government cuts in funding. When my boyfriend left me. we haven’t seen it. that’s such a huge question. *** Jilly She lost her confidence and started to feel sorry for herself. a lot of homeless people tend to. That phone call should make me a few thousand pounds.. Jilly I remember. *** Julia I think The Big Issue’s a really good idea. I could speculate with millions of pounds each day. I think it’ll be a problem. The Government don’t care. Jilly Three years ago. Juliet Yeah . No one wants to sleep on the streets. *** Shop owner It really suits you. if I hadn’t interviewed her. I don’t understand. I’ll give you some money. They make my customers feel too guilty to buy a nice coat. But she prefers to sit around all day . partly . Who were you talking to? Tom My stockbroker. I would have bought the coat if that homeless girl hadn’t been there. Have a look in the mirror. but. Keith There’s a big problem in London at the moment with homeless people. but people possibly think that by buying it. I think partially the Government. Lucy With regards to who is to blame for the homeless. um. run away from home for one reason or another. It’s a very good fit on the shoulders. And then I remembered . Shop owner That’s why I hate the homeless. to start with.. and it’s not so bad as in London. They ought to be moved to somewhere where we don’t have to look at them. And then my luck changed.. *** Jilly Do you know. Do you remember I wrote a story for The Echo about you? Juliet No. Shop owner No? if she’d wanted to. madam.. Clive Nonsense! It’s not your fault . How much is it? Shop owner Two hundred and thirty pounds. Mrs Simpson There is homelessness in. Clive It’s tragic. there are lots of people sleeping on the streets and I think it’s the Government’s fault. Jilly But I’m sure a bright girl like you could find another job. Gareth Homelessness is a big problem in England. I always think one day it could be my children on the street.Shop owner I don’t care. Thank you for showing me the coat.. Juliet My bosses gave me more and more responsibility. I was really worried about her. Nigel I think The Big Issue is a good idea. everything I did was right. in St Albans. and there are two or three wonderful organisations who help these people and provide lodgings for them. I work in a centre where homeless people can come for tea and coffee and food. and I’ve bought it several times when it’s been offered to me. All Great! Tom You parasites! B HOMELESSNESS Street interviews Tamsen I come from Brighton where homelessness is a big problem. And then I lost my job. so because I’ve worked with the homeless.. Jilly Yes. you were the youngest woman working in the stock market... it’ll solve homelessness and that’s not necessarily true. I mean. Jilly Maybe you’re right. until the Government changes its policy.. they get an awful lot of pleasure from it I’m sure. Goodbye . Christopher The Big issue is a very good idea. Jilly You know. But there is a newspaper in Britain called The Big Issue which homeless people sell to earn themselves some money. Jilly I’m sure they don’t want to be homeless. if you tell me what happened. By doing something for themselves. um. Whatever I touched turned to gold . I started losing millions of pounds. but not a lot of it. Jilly Me? Why? Juliet You called the story “The Golden Girl”! It was a joke.

Sometimes we just listen. this looks like an ordinary doctor’s surgery. Sir Sydney Dr Goodfellow . I think I’m jack of all trades here. Nun Oh. John Let’s pay half each. people who live in bed and breakfast hotels. Sir Sydney Walsingham. That’s all the news from That’s English! Goodnight. So it’s a . in the last hundred years. staying with friends. tonight’s main story. Let’s just pay half each. I’ve brought my calculator. Lucy Russell It’s a magazine which is sold by homeless people. not on the table! Mike Did you have two bread rolls with your soup? John Yes. um. I say . And finally. Look.. Mike That’s very kind of you! Thank you! DOCUMENTARY Sara (VO) Until quite recently. the doctor.. Penniless. I would never have come here. David was one of the many homeless people living on the streets of large British cities. Sir Sydney Have there? Where from? Trevor Well. I wouldn’t have borrowed the money to give to that alchemist. just sleeping on the floor. the headlines . If you are sleeping rough or staying in temporary hostels. and a new survey released to Channel 4 News. News from the past Trevor News. John Please. Unemployment is the main problem. living in squats. People are looking. but the big difference is that all the patients here are homeless. Ordinary metal may be turned into gold! . John Oh. Mike Twenty-six pounds.. shows that homeless people have far great health problems than the rest of the population... John If I’d known this would happen. Gary (VO) But now David has got a job. we have to go beyond the ordinary boundaries of medicine. I want to check the prices. My patients are people who are homeless from the streets. Trevor When? Sir Sydney Any minute now. he was forced to depend on people’s charity and to sleep rough..the individuals themselves. they earn forty pence of the cover price. Alchemists in the City of London have been trying to turn ordinary metal into gold. news. Sir Cecil Buckingham said that he had given the alchemist Dr Goodfellow thousands of pounds. and my staff as well. and I think a lot of the services are inadequate.. some very clever young men here in the City of London are going to turn ordinary metal into gold. Over to our economics correspondent. Trevor Are you sure? The alchemists have been promising to turn metal into gold for he last hundred years. He seemed such a nice man . every time the magazine is sold. A report out today says that there are more homeless people in England than in any previous century. I think in the majority of cases it is not the person’s fault they are in this position of being homeless. anyone can charge interest. a Roman Catholic nun.. but I mean it’s not a problem that’s going to go away very quickly. dear . First. It’s not important. to four million. How to be British Mike That was a wonderful meal. Mike And how many glasses of wine? John Two. I’ll pay for the meal. nurse. those who are literally without any home at all. people in hostels. Mike No. Mike I like things to be fair. Sir Sydney? Sir Sydney Well. Trevor. Sir Sydney I hear that they will make gold very soon. I wouldn’t have come if I’d known you were going to do this. old men who are greedy. Mike Waitress! I’d like a menu please. Oh. He sells The Big Issue. If I’d known that yesterday. Sir Sydney. Homelessness on the streets of London! . God. And now for the rest of the news. no. to be mother. But what exactly is The Big Issue? Lucy Russell explains it to us. But first. What’s the story.. you can’t register with a doctor.. Dr Goodfellow! Dr Goodfellow! Trevor Thank you.. In fact. I think in the work I do here.. You should pay for what you eat.. Mike Why? John Everyone was listening. Mike Do you think that’s fair? John I don’t know. In fact. there’s all sorts of things like that. Experts say this is because the population has almost doubled. From the archive Presenter Early evening in South London.. It’s this or sleeping on the streets. The biggest increase has been in the roofless homeless. But from today. that’s 20% and three years ago it was only 6%. At first glance. wasn’t it? John Yes. They buy the magazine for thirty pence. I’ve just given Dr Goodfellow some money to help him finish his experiments! Trevor There have been reports that alchemy is just a way of getting money from rich. until recently it has been illegal to lend money and then charge interest. Mike Why? It can be dangerous to eat meat that isn’t properly cooked! John I would rather have died than complain to the waiter. who. but I wish you hadn’t complained about the meat. shivering in West End doorways. without a job and with no family. set it up specifically to catch a group of people who’d fallen through society’s most basic safety net. It is now legal to charge interest. Young homeless wait to be let into a night shelter in a converted pub.

For many. Clive. Loise I hear he’s been reading a lot of books in prison. Louise Yes. sir? Ron Yes Bookseller Er. But The Big Issue is more than that. Scotland and Manchester have their own special edition. Jilly Didn’t five years go by quickly! Marco I don’t think Billy the Hat would agree with you. the organization runs residences for the homeless. I’m working.Gary (VO) Lucy Russell Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Gary (VO) David Sara (VO) way for homeless people to earn an income of their own and to begin to help themselves to move away from their homelessness and back into society. Well. then. Bookseller In? Ron Yah. rather than “Oh. But that doesn’t happen any more because you get people known you as for what you are and what you. as a beggar The magazine is distributed throughout the United Kingdom. Lucy Russell The result for homeless people is that they have a means of earning an income and they also have social support which we offer them because homeless people need social support. So we asked her to tell us when and how The Big Issue started in Great Britain. look. to start a similar initiative in this country. It’s an interesting job. But they say he’s a different man. The articles are written by both professional journalists and homeless people. Besides publishing the magazine. he had never read a book before he went to prison. 6 A WHAT DO THE BRITISH READ? A GOOD BOOK All Cheers! Clive Have you got tomorrow off? Louise Er. And the Body Shop gave the money to start The Big Issue here. isn’t it? Big Ron. Also we have a magazine which is a good read and which people want to buy. publicity and the sale of the magazine. Bookseller Is the book for you? Ron Are you trying to be funny? Bookseller No. Big Ron. He’s out tomorrow. gives them counselling and vocational training to help them get off the streets. and he came back to this country and he asked John Bird. Clive I can imagine his old friend Ron down at the bookshop. We asked Lucy Russell to tell us about hat they’ve achieved with all these years of work. Bookseller Yes. surpassing the most optimistic predictions. The salespeople follow a training course which gives them useful techniques to sell the magazine in the street. People just walk past and you’re the scum. Bookseller Hadn’t he? Ron So I thought I’d buy him a little welcome home present. he’s been in for five years. who is The Big Issue’s editor. it has become a very interesting job. Bookseller Out? Ron Yeah. Billy the Hat’s friend. to say the least. whether it’s housing or counselling. that initiative allows thousands of homeless people to obtain enough money to make n honest living. more or less. here he comes. and how can I help you? Ron I want a book. let’s see. You meet all sorts of people. What kind of book would you like? Ron I don’t know. well. Clive Billy the Hat! He’s coming out of prison tomorrow. The Big Issue started in September 1991. *** Bookseller Can I help you. Through the magazine. So I love that. really? Ron They say Billy’s been reading books and studying while he’s been in. what you can contribute. The Big Issue finances itself through donations. so we have two things that have come from The Big Issue that are very successful. we have lots of books. Bookseller Oh. and it was started because the chairman of The Body Shop International went to New York and saw someone selling a similar publication. For the fact that it’s brought by the social interaction. In Bookseller In p-prison? Ron Yes. Today. Lucy Russell has been in the staff of the Big Issue since the magazine was founded. You know. Gary (VO) The Big Issue started as a project full of hope. you know. All the big problems of modern society are discussed openly in the magazine. And you’ve got the interaction back that you don’t have when you’re on the streets and you are actually a beggar. no. it’s only a temporary job that will help them get through a bad period. homeless people can express their opinions. do I? That’s why I want your help. which I had lost before. then. All profits are used to help the homeless. who is the book for? Ron It’s for The Boss. Do you see that man over there with the sunglasses? Clive Oh. The ideas has been so successful that similar magazines have been created in other European countries to help the local homeless. although Wales. yes! That’s Ron Carter. Well. How about . he’s the scum of the earth!”. Today it has become a reality. For others like David. Bookseller That’s nice.

Stories that aren’t true. B DO YOU READ A LOT? Street interviews Nigel I don’t read books that often. over to our media correspondent. It’s Famous Murderers of the 20th Century. I think your boss will like this. Ron Good! Bookseller Why? Ron Because I’m going to make you eat some of these books. Do you mind? I would like to finish this book. hello. and most of the books that I do read. a member of the Star Chamber. Books to do with economics and management. don’t you? Bookseller Yes. Mike So’s mine. Ron You like books. *** Jilly Billy the Hat is a changed man. What about biography? The Life and Times of Al Capone? Ron Al Capone? Do you know what happened to Al Capone? He came to a bad end. fat novels that I can take my time reading. Vicki Children’s stories. um. Ron Listen. not too serious. . yes! There’s this marvellous new book … I’m sure it was there just a minute ago. All Really? Jilly They’re calling him Billy the Book. Marco Poetry’s good for the soul. Bookseller What’s wrong? Ron The last page of the Agatha Christie is missing. are for my study. Christopher I like big. that sounds good … No. Louise Oh. I heard from the police that Billy is no longer called Billy the Hat. HOW TO BE BRITISH Mike Excellent! That’s … that’s very funny! He’s a marvellous writer! … What’s your book like? Is it any good? John Mmm. It’s rubbish! … Have you seen any good films lately? News from the past Trevor News. Fiction or non-fiction? Ron What do you mean. don’t you? … So do I. She’s very popular. never mind. yes! I’m sure that Billy the Hat’s been reading a lot of poetry! *** Bookseller Oh. Mr Cornish I like war and historical books. Sir Sydney Walsingham. Julia I like reading fiction. ‘fiction’? Bookseller Fiction is made-up stories. but the boss doesn’t like violence. Derek I like to read mainly science fiction books. With pictures. I see … How many pages have you read? Two hundred! John Look. Sean I never read books. if you give me any of your made-up stories. Bookseller OK. uh. Ron Now. Ron What the hell are you trying to do? Just because I didn’t go to school. you think you can sell me a book written four hundred years ago? I want something modern. but while I’m studying I don’t have much time to read. But this isn’t a good book. Louise I disagree. I sometimes get through two or three books in a year! … Have you read any good books lately? … You’re racing through that one.this set of Shakespeare? Ron Shakespeare? I’ve heard of him. *** Keith I like crime novels and detective novels because I like a good suspense story. Bookseller What about this? Ron What is it? Bookseller Oh. John Short stories. Mike Of course you would! Fine! I like a good book. I think good literature improves a person. He’s very angry. He was a playwright who lived four hundred years ago. Tom Oh. novels and. Tamsen I used to borrow all my books from the library. I like books about Simpson nature. Mrs I like historical novels. I always buy new books because they’re nicer. I read all the time. I’m afraid. Bookseller I see. Bookseller Well. *** Clive I don’t think all that reading would have changed Billy The Hat? Tom Neither do I. I’ll make you eat these books. crime books. Is he any good? Bookseller He’s dead now. Strange … Oh. for example. Louise I like romantic novels. Many people here are unhappy about the censorship of books by the Star Chamber. non-fiction. um. Books are in trouble! For a special report. like Noddy. but then I worked in a bookshop and since then. the headlines … The book world under attack! … And writer William Shakespeare writes a new play! Bur first the main story. Gareth I like fiction most of all. local history. Sir Sydney Trevor. Wonderful book! I can see that you love reading. news! First. Billy doesn’t know who’s done the murder. I’m sorry. where all the booksellers meet. um. I’m reading books about theology and philosophy at the moment. but not. You know. what abut the occult? Ron Is that popular? Bookseller Oh. Ron What is it? Bookseller Agatha Christie. Mrs Cornish I like to read murder mystery. I also like Stephen King’s thrillers. that’s excellent! Jilly In fact. uh. but I do read nonfiction. It’s a shame. I’m in St Paul’s Courtyard.

it’s the. You know they’re mostly reference books and all sorts of interesting books over here. William Shakespeare. But which are the most popular kinds of books? Gary (VO) To find out we interviewed someone who. or design. the great thing about dictionaries is you. Biographies are also very big at the minute. and all that kind of thing. Trevor. Sara (VO) There are dozens of bookshops … women’s bookshops … second-hand bookshops … Gary (VO) Or. young playwright and poet. Sometimes French and occasionally SouthAmerican authors like Márquez. Much more popular even than the cinema. it can’t change. a more tools of the trade. has very recent information on the topic: Judith Bell. Sara (VO) We couldn’t avoid asking which Spanish or Latin American writers British people prefer. where you can find books in languages other than English. you can look them up. Actually the thing about my book shelves. people tend to wait for the book next from that author. Famous people. ethnic bookshops. it’s sort of dictionaries. And the other news tonight is that a new play called Romeo and Juliet is being performed at the Globe Theatre. here’s something new on the market. etc. so it’s fantasy and myth that fascinate me. Sara (VO) The fact that most people in Britain prefer reading to going to the cinema shows they are avid readers. Sir Sydney. it’s science fiction … This stuff down here. at the Star Chamber. DOCUMENTARY Gary (VO) If you are fond of books and find yourself in London. Judith Bell They tend to read lots of different things. People tend to look to American authors. would find your opinion very interesting. and it could make life a lot easier for writers everywhere. their childhood. even. architecture. one of the main bookshops in London. Sara (VO) Are they all British writers? Judith Bell No. really all these books around me. I’ve hardly read any of the books. um. And also Allende. That’s all from That’s English! news. A few other lesser-known names.Trevor Why is that. Assistant Manager of Dillons. art. Trevor What happens if you find something that you don’t like? Sir Sydney We burn the book. And finally. Gary (VO) This is a true paradise for book lovers. Somehow. it’s all a bit of a substitute for reading. looking at them now I realise that really. Sir Sydney? Sir Sydney Well. really. it’s happened. uh. It’s a ‘pencil’. um. Sex not in History. so people tend to read that sort of things. Funny to think that this will kind of end up on one of these shelves. It’s not our world. the Powerbook. Sex in History. we suggest you go to a walk around the Charing Cross area. Sara (VO) In this area there are also huge bookshops taking up several floors. Ah. but those two are the ones that people always look to buy. because of her job. Trevor No. Trevor. people like John Grisham. . um. Judith Bell Márquez is probably the biggest name here and people read anything by him. Course. I mean you’ve got Chaucer’s world and the world of the fourteenth century and one of the things that fascinates me is that. like Julian Barnes. Sara (VO) The British are the second most avid readers in Europe. There are some British writers that are big names. Sara (VO) Of course. the similarities fascinate me. we doubt that. Sir Sydney Perhaps. there are also bookshops specializing in music. and then I type away and um. it’s another world and we. where you will no doubt find the book of your dreams … Gary (VO) According to the latest statistics. But mostly American and British. I’m sure we. Gary (VO) Fifty-three per cent of the population say that “the library is the most popular cultural resource outside home”. you would like to put your thoughts into writing. you don’t have to read them all. Gary (VO) There was a new kind of books that caught our attention: audio books. most authors want to have the freedom to write anything that they want. another book comes out. From the archive Terry Jones A lot of these books are all little self-contained worlds. I think. really. there it is. Some people believe that a new. I just think that when you want the. the most popular things are thrillers. But we at the Star Chamber look at every book very carefully in case it contains anything against the Church or the State. But at the moment. eighty thousand books are published every year in the United Kingdom. it’s just there and you can read as much as you can and try and get to know it. Trevor That seems rather cruel. and then going onto this book. they’re not. thank you. Everybody wants to know what their lives were like. Goodnight. Trevor What if the writer complains? Sir Sydney We burn the writer and the book. I suppose going into here. will soon become a very famous writer. it’s all getting into. and I’ll probably never read it. and. but it’s always the other worlds that fascinate me. they’re all sort of going around. But they’re mostly American at the moment. But also well-known authors who have a proven track record. Really there’s one other book which I haven’t mentioned and that’s this book here.

No. she was. Vicki I’d have to say no. You think women are there just to be looked at by men. I had made a big mistake … *** … I didn’t remember that I had a poster of Demi Moore on my wall. chairperson. They’re easy to take on holiday. Her name was Tanya … Girlfriend! Oh. you can just say ‘chair’. Unfortunately she was also politically correct. She was beautiful. If you are not feeling very well. Why do you ask? Tom Oh. I’m not politically correct. To the fair sex! That’s not very PC. Julia I don’t like being called ‘Ms Allen’. Marco I think you did! Tom Later. *** Louisa I think the concept of calling everybody ‘Ms’ is ridiculous. don’t be polite. The most politically correct girl. But she’s a woman: how can she be a ‘chairman’?! Tom I’m sorry. they will sit and listen. I’d like to called a ‘Miss’. Tom. Nigel I’m not conscious of being politically correct. no. You should take that picture down right now. in the world. Tom. and Tanya walked out of the door. Louise Chairman! Chairperson. if it hadn’t been for Demi Moore. I really liked her. you can call me Louise. I told her that I loved her. I. I would always talk about black people not just blacks. Tanya That’s typical! You shouldn’t look at her like that! Tom Like what? Tanya You know perfectly well what I mean. I’m not surprised. sometimes it just gets silly. Tom. Journalists ought to be politically correct. thank you very much. of course it would. Although they are shortened versions of the books. I prefer to be . I could have been editor of The Echo by now. Anyway. I try to be. people get offended if you open doors for them. I think I tend to use things. As you are buying me a drink.Sara (VO) How do you account for the success of audio books? Judith Bell Audio books have only just taken off within the last couple of years. but it’s really hard. what did you do? Tom In the end I decided that the picture of Demi Moore was less trouble than the real Tanya. I mean woman … I mean person. Why do people want to change the words that we use? Because some of the words that we use are offensive. Er. people still like to listen to them. Oh. When I first met her she said that I wasn’t allowed to open the door for her. I still don’t know if I did the right thing. Sean I think I’m politically correct. all right. Often people with poor eyesight … they’re very handy for that as well. I was being polite. All Tom Jilly Tom Louise Tom Jilly Tom Louise Tom Louise Tom Louise Tom Tom Tanya Tom Tanya Tom Tanya Tom Tanya Tom Clive Tom Marco Tom Tom Tanya Tom Tanya I can see that – but what’s it doing on your wall? Tom Well. I was trying to be polite. a woman friend. I like her. I’m sorry. you can’t be too careful these days. the film star. She came to my house a week later. B THE DUCKING STOOL Street interviews Tamsen No. *** Clive So. Clive I doubt it! And if you were. Yes. that’s exactly what I’m telling you. then. Louise No. I can accept that. but some people take political correctness too far. are you telling me that men shouldn’t look at beautiful women? Tanya Yes. you know. Gareth I never use politically correct language. I mean. Or if you like. I always say chairman not chairperson. you’d have to be a lot more careful about the language you used. again. Tom Would it be all right if I offered to buy you a drink? Louise Yes. 7 A POLITICAL CORRECTNESS SAYING THE RIGHT THING Cheers. I think she’s beautiful – don’t you? I like to look at her … face. *** How long did you go out with Tanya? Not very long. I’ll go first then. I’m strong enough and clever enough to open the door for myself. so I’m not politically correct. chair. PC? Politically correct! What nonsense! It’s not nonsense. well. I am a ‘Miss’. What is this? It’s a picture of Demi Moore. How can you possibly have a picture like that in your house? Tom Look. things like that. can you. It’s important. I’m not married. Tom Miss Case. it’s patronising. I thought about her all the time. I discovered that her mother was chairman of Echo Group of Newspapers. Tom! Well. I had a girlfriend once. OK. no! I don’t believe it. John I don’t think I’m very politically correct. I don’t care about being politically correct. Ms Case? Louise I hate being called Ms Case. you won’t … What are you dong? I’m sorry. Tom. I’m not politically correct. So I left the picture up. *** What are you doing? I’m opening the door for you. don’t you! It’s so sexist. please. words like ‘crippled’ and ‘cripple’. and I always say Mrs or Miss not Ms.

who has the full story. and I do think I’m politically correct. I love it. Stop it! Just stop it! But it’s not just her body. the husband told the court that his wife talked all the time. Yes. he’s Nigel Rees. I think that using chairperson and not chairman. can you talk more quietly? Mike Why? John Mike John Mike John Mike John Mike John Mike John I don’t want my wife to hear you. and the thing about politically correct language is that it’s watering the language down. we are. because I’m interested in language. It’s gone too far. A man accused his wife of talking too much. DOCUMENTARY Gary (VO) Sara insisted on giving me examples of politically correct language on the way to the studio. That’s all from That’s English! news. instead of saying a chairman or even a chairwoman. But everyone had a very good time here. with the exception. I’m afraid not. Trevor And did the man’s wife float? Sir Sydney No. The husband then called his wife an old witch. you know. The Queen said today. it’s replacing good old straightforward. what exactly happened today? Sir Sydney Well. Dennis Well it’s silly. and the judge sent her to the ducking stool. I won’t let you talk like that. She’s sure to win a gold medal. She’s got a good body. it really is a bit of nonsense. tonight’s main story. aren’t they? Nigel Rees That’s it. of our Queen Elizabeth. uh. In court today. His wife said that she didn’t talk all the time. as you see in this picture here. then she is guilty of being a witch. How to be British Mike Have you got your eye on anyone? John What do you mean? Mike I mean. Trevor. this business of. John Words like ‘mentally challenged’ come in. the reason behind the politically correct movement is that. she was sentenced to the ducking stool. Mike All right. Gary. we are all minorities of one sort or another. I have to say I’m very confused about it all. Trevor What exactly is the ducking stool? Sir Sydney Well. is a question of respect for women and I think that people that don’t like politically correct language have the problem. If the woman sinks. But first. do you fancy any of the girls? John The girls! They’re women. horizontally challenged … Presenter … fat … Nick Ross … or financial disadvantaged … Presenter … broke. uh.’ Gary (VO) And what’s the politically correct term . People in the villages really seem to enjoy the ducking stool It’s like a public holiday. She’s a marvellous runner. Why not? She says that you’re politically incorrect. That’s ridiculous! Look at Sally! She’s got fantastic legs. um. um. Nick Ross So why does it happen then? Nigel Rees Um. How would you describe the physical aspect of that man who’s coming towards us. Hello. News from the past Trevor News. of course. She’s not an object. Trevor. you really have to think twice before you know what it means. she’s intelligent as well … Look how she’s running. Lucy I definitely prefer to be called Ms. uh. the substitution of person when you say. I think is a good one. Over to Sir Sydney Walsingham. Sir Sydney. I think you have to be as a young person. The trouble is that introducing these new terms not only waters down the language. you’re right. some of these suggestions are barmy and the thing is that you can never actually tell people to change the way they speak. it’s a kind of chair which can be lowered into the water. I think.called ‘Miss Allen’. Presenter Why did you write it? Nigel Rees Ah. but there is now a dictionary available that tells us how you can tell someone in the most correct terms that they are what. Trevor. she drowned. Goodnight. the man in grey clothes with glasses? Gary (VO) A short man. Sara (VO) Listen. From the archive Nick Ross Well. ‘I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman. it seems to me that it’s. descriptive words and terms with rather vague ones. Do you fancy any of the women? John Look. though. You’re not allowed to talk like that in this house! You have to train hard to get legs like that. *** Keith I think that politically correct language is actually a very good thing most of the time. it is that we should think about how we talk to people and how we describe people. Trevor A report out yesterday said that men are far superior to women. but I have the heart and stomach of a King’. Here’s the man who’s written that book. news! First the headlines … Woman drowns in river … Our gracious Queen may have the heart of a king. if she floats. Back to you in the studio. I really do. uh. it’s got to be a chairperson or even a chair. then she’s innocent. um … Nick Ross Some of them are plainly absurd. and the basic aim of political correctness. we live in a plural society made up of many races. The politically correct term is ‘a vertically-challenged person. Trevor. Sara (VO) No. Nigel Rees Good morning.

gays. or in the magazines or in the media generally. women … the names that women are often called are names of animals. He’s just ‘a beer gourmand’. you must say ‘a non-coloured person’. handicapped people. and much more strongly in the last ten years. Although political correctness might sometimes overdo things a little bit. I mean. Gary (VO) That’s why I took Sara to interview Mrs Anne Mayne. according to the dictionary of political correctness. Sara (VO) No. Women are one of the groups that historically have suffered the abuse of discriminatory language. Let’s see. it has very positive aspects. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to use politically correct language. Sara (VO) No. And often it is used as a joke and it is actually not a joke. he’s not a drunkard.for that funny-looking fat jogger? Sara (VO) He’s ‘a horizontally-challenged man’. Gary (VO) Sara was convinced I hadn’t understood it very well and took me to the offices of The Guardian. How would you describe the colour of the woman with the shopping bags? Gary (VO) She’s a white woman. and even though I have no problem with the animals. I don’t think you are taking the subject seriously. Gary (VO) Could you please describe what politically correct language is? Mr Page Well. you mean? Gary (VO) No. they’re called. I think I am now an expert in politically correct language. disabled people. Sara (VO) Could you give us some examples of politically incorrect language in relation to women? Mrs Anne Mayne Well. Sara (VO) Very funny. where we interviewed Mr Page. Gary. it is an insult. What is politically correct is to call her ‘a sun woman’. who is responsible for making sure that the articles are written in politically correct language. but wrong. Gary (VO) Sara. they’re called ‘bitches’. . It’s a form of degradation. The correct term is ‘chemically inconvenienced’. I suppose it’s showing sensitivity to certain groups who feel that they are disadvantaged or haven’t been given a fair showing in the press. They’re called ‘chicks’. Mrs Anne Mayne It’s very important to use what you call politically correct language because it is important to treat women with respect and to give them the full rights as human beings and not to speak about them in a degrading way. Sara (VO) We asked her why it’s important to use politically correct language when referring to women. Sara (VO) Don’t give up. Gary (VO) And the woman who’s helping her? I suppose you mustn’t call her ‘black’. Gary (VO) When and how did the idea of a politically correct language start? Mr Page I mean … I suppose it’s emerged over something like the last fifteen to twenty years. a feminist. Gary (VO) Sara. Gary. have made their case much more vigorously and asked for the media to take their interests into account. Gary. as groups. women. er … cows. it makes the women appear to be inferior and it is an insult to call women these names. Sara (VO) Mr Page’s explanations convinced Gary. Can you see that happy man with a beet can in his hand? Sara (VO) The drunkard.

he stands up and he says. can I have a mosquito. but I think you British use irony far too much. the teacher said to the class.’ said the teacher. I’ll buy some drinks for you. But he was the worst in the class. but the man with the tortoise shouts again. I’m sure they’re very funny … if you are British. steady. Clive. And it isn’t always funny – well. It was black humour. “yellow” and “pink” to make sentences’. don’t they? Louise Mmm. green’. I know it’s my round. ‘Excuse me. he man with the dog laughs. Tom. did you read my article yesterday? Gino No. Gino. irony. Clive A pint of bitter. Gino A tortoise? Tom Yes. Jilly An orange juice. He said. green … Yellow? Yellow? … Pink. That really was a very. Gino Oh. Of course.’ ‘Excellent. old man!’ And they go out into the car park. Italian humour is very different.’ ‘Very good!’ said the teacher. I saw one in the window. There was this Italian boy called Paolo. I’m sorry. learning English. OK. Clive! That’s very nice. I’m sorry.’ *** Nigel Did you hear about the supermodel who was caught staring at a carton of orange juice? It said on it ‘concentrate’! *** Why are there no aspirins in the jungle? Because the Lucy . the man with the dog thinks. ‘That’s easy money – OK. The man with the dog says. Yeah. Gino Oh. ‘’Ere. An Italian joke. ‘Well done!’ Then she asked Paolo to do the same. Tom Again! That’s all right. I apologise. In the corner of this pub is an old man and on this table is a tortoise. OK. Tom But the Italians don’t understand irony. So he stood up and pretended that the telephone was ringing. but useless! One day. Gino Look. I’ll bet you a hundred pounds my tortoise can beat your dog in a race’. Gino. and she asked another pupil to use the same three words to make sentences. but he means ‘it was great’! I don’t understand. we don’t sell mosquitoes’.it’s a racing dog – a whippet. Tom. Louise It’s irony. Gino. very good joke! Thank you. ‘Pink!’ … Green. I left my purse at home. and said. Gino. Sometimes I find your British humour very difficult. Gino. He said. ‘Sorry sir. The old man puts the tortoise down on the ground. ‘’Ere! I bet my tortoise can beat your dog in a race’. Let’s have the job. ‘You see that street light over there? My Clive Gino Clive Gino Jilly Gino Jilly tortoise will race your dog to that street light’. I was only joking. Then he pretended to pick up the phone. ‘OK’. the British love irony. I’m sorry. ‘Oh! Well. do they? Gino Of course we do. Clive No. It looks terrible. I’m sorry that I haven’t laughed at your jokes. he couldn’t. Irony. this old man shouts at the man with the dog.MODULE 9 TELEVISION TRANSCRIPTS 1 A A BRITISH SENSE OF HUMOUR HOW FUNNY! Clive Gino Tom tom All Gino Jilly Gino Jilly Tom? Look. But the shell on this tortoise is all broken. ‘The grass is green. my tie is yellow. The poor tortoise is hardly moving. not to me. Tom You’ll laugh at this joke. but I have a confession to make. please?’ And the assistant says. But I thought you didn’t like it … never mind. Anyway. ‘Green. ‘Yellow? Yellow?’ Then he put down the phone and said. He was a nice boy. Was it any good? Clive Any good? Was it any good? How dare you! No. Gino. You’re always saying one thing when you mean something else. OK. Gino Yes. please. *** Gino. Yes. Gino Bitter. I’ll show Italian humour to you. That’s a great joke. Clive Hey. ‘Ready. sorry everybody. A man goes into a pub with his dog. now I will tell you a joke. Well. it was rubbish. I don’t understand why you are laughing. and he was at a language school. The dog’s all excited – ready to go. but I haven’t got any money to buy drinks. It’s hardly moving. And the man says. please. Clive Don’t mention it. Gino. The best student said. I think that may have been … Don’t tell me. Tom Righto. Gino. I didn’t. aren’t you? Clive says his article was ‘rubbish’. when I said ‘it was rubbish’. ‘I want you to use the words ”green”. tell us a joke now. it’s a very slow animal with a shell. I thought it was a bit cruel. the sun is yellow and my dress is pink. You know what? Tell me. Go on. B DO YOU KNOW ANY JOKES? Street interviews Keith OK. but the old man says. Louise A dry Martini. and my face is pink. so here’s a funny joke – one day a man goes into a pet shop and he walks up to the assistant and he says. I see. go’. ‘My shirt is green.

please … I said ‘please’. Woman I want to speak to the manager. has given his royal approval to a group of very silly British comedians. Woman What? Basil I am the owner. Anna. yes. Basil I am the manager too.parrots ate ‘em all (paracetamol)! *** Keith I think there is such a thing as a British sense of humour. are there any further developments? Yington yington tiddle aye po. it seems that the Prince enjoys using silly voices from The Goon Show. Manuel Manager. it’s awfully exciting to be outside the home of Her Majesty the Queen. it seems they’re a group of comedians who have a show on the radio every week. comfortable bed. Woman What? Basil I’m the manager. I think it’s quite dry and quite ironic. continental people do. And Lucille Ball stars in the I Love Lucy Show on television. Yes. Trevor. And now back to the >Palace. Thank you. I expect to be able to see the sea. mad and blind. When I book a room with a bath. madam. please … Una habitación? … I am speaking good English. Woman Well. Basil Deaf. Trevor. told me they have fun and talk in silly voices. Basil You can see the sea. I have had a long journey. yes definitely. perhaps? The hanging gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically … Woman Don’t be silly. From the archive Basil Good morning. a spokesman for Her Majesty has just given me this statement. We are now going over live to our Royal correspondent. is probably characteristic of English humour. madam. I booked a room with a bath. I want . News from the past Trevor Good evening. and we will bring you an update on that story in a minute. And finally a young actress called Lucille Ball and her husband have produced a new show for television. Please! Please. I am tired. Basil That is Torquay. this is it. a man by the name of Peter Sellers. I. and it’s very exciting. who is standing outside Buckingham Palace. it’s not a particularly visual type of humour. Making yourself understood Juan Hello … I’d like to book a room. Basil You’ve got a bath. you’ve just told me. Basil Well. I expect something more interesting than that. Please. Why don’t you understand what I’m saying? I want to book a room. they tend to remain quite serious and they don’t laugh out loud like lots of. I asked for a room with a view. Good night. I don’t know. I know. One of their leaders. Who are the Goons? Well. Lucy British humour is very based upon sarcasm. Woman What? Basil I am the manager as well. And that’s all the news from the BBC in London. Woman You call that a bath? It’s not big enough to drown a mouse. the one. I expect to get a bath. People at Buckingham Palace are concerned because the young Prince has apparently been listening to a new radio show called The Goons. it’s over there between the land and the sky. Woman Yes. But the main story tonight is the concern over the young Prince Charles. understatement. or when British people tell jokes. It’s disgraceful. why are Palace officials worried about the young Prince Charles? Well. Woman Uh. can I help you? Woman Are you the manager? Basil I am the owner. Anna. I want a nice. I think understatement is. please … I’d like to book a room … Excuse me. madam. it’s not good enough. may I ask what you were expecting to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House. you’re what? Basil I’m the manager. Anna Pilkington. This is the view as far as I can remember. It’s called the I Love Lucy Show. and here are Anna Trevor Anna Trevor Anna Trevor Anna Trevor Anna Trevor Anna Trevor Anna Trevor the headlines for 1954. What’s the matter with you? Now listen to me. Trevor. Basil There is your bath. it’s very dry and there’s a lot of playing with words. I would like to book a room. what exactly do you mean by silly voices? They say things like … like Yingtong yingtong tiddle aye po. John I think. what is the latest news from Buckingham Palace? Well. I’ve been standing outside the gates of Buckingham Palace all day. The future King of Great Britain. for example. Woman I’m not paying seven pounds twenty pence per night plus VAT for a room without a bath. Woman When I pay for a view. Some people are predicting that this programme is going to be very popular nd that it will probably still be shown on television stations around the world in fifty year’s time. This is the news from the British Broadcasting Corporation in London. Basil I wish you were a mouse! Woman And another thing. madam. Really? But Anna. isn’t it? What about this story of Prince Charles and The Goons? Well. Anna. Why? Well. Prince Charles. he manager. which some people say is worrying for the future of the country Thank you.

Now. Sara (VO) What kind of exhibits are displayed here? Director We are displaying exhibitions of cartoon … original drawings. Oh. from newspapers or from comic books. I can give you a special price. I read your article on the role of mothers in modern society. among other comic characters. *** Jilly Dear Ms Partridge. How much is that? Mike It’s fifty pounds including full English breakfast. the room. They should have given it to me. What sort of room would you like? Oh. An ironic. Louise The award’s been given to Jilly because her stories are true. DOCUMENTARY Sara(VO) This is a machine for crushing peas one by one . What are the characteristics of the British sense of humour? Comedian Well. Mike Right. yes. In the past. please. I’m a cartoonist and I will now draw a cartoon for That’s English! I will start off by drawing the teacher … start off with the face.to go to sleep. British humour was more about making jokes … about … sexist sort of jokes. John Byrne I hope your That’s English! Course is also successful. Juan Right. I would like a single room. no! Please … please forgive me. I’m sorry. Sara (VO) But there’s another kind of humour. Juan Oh. It’s … it’s my favourite comedy programme. my name is John Byrne. playing to audiences in various different clubs. I Tom Louise Tom Louise Tom . but I’d like to book a room. please. sir. and the double is seventy pounds. The British do have a very good sense of humour. Please. well if you’re staying three nights. Mike Ah. It’s about talking … making fun of yourself really. Sara (VO) An important event in the history of British humour was the publication of ‘Punch’. Gary (VO) We were quite fortunate to have one of the most important British cartoonists draw a cartoon for That’s English! John Byrne Hello. What for? Best reporter of the year. I think it is true. For three nights … only one hundred and fifty pounds! That’s my special price for three nights. What? Best reporter! I write better stories than she does. how much are they? Mike The twin room is sixty-five pounds per night. Mike Certainly. it’s changed over the last twenty years. Dear Ms Partridge. is it? Mike No. in 1841. but I do have a twin room and a double. We visited the National Museum of Cartoon Art and asked its director if it is true that the British have a good sense of humour. Director Yes. Gary (VO) Or at least this is the kind of humour that has come down to us through literature and cartoon. With bath or shower? Juan With a shower. Would either of those be suitable? Juan Well.. she does. It’s feminist rubbish. Its criticism didn’t respect politicians. the Incredible Hulk. How can I help you? Juan Why are you laughing at me? My English isn’t bad. An example of British humour. Sara (VO) Cartoons are another important branch of British humour. I’m afraid we don’t have a single room with shower free. I was most disappointed because I believe a woman’s place is in the home … yes. Not bad at all! Juan Have I said something wrong? Mike No. Clive Yes. really? Mike For one night £50. I can give you a single-room rate for the twin. Sara (VO) Very soon ‘Punch’ became a symbol of humour and freedom of expression. Are you staying more than one night? Juan Three nights actually. But she nearly made a big mistake yesterday. self-critical and subtle sense of humour. rather than making fun of other people. I think the British are in fact world famous for having … for being a very funny nation. really. It’s said that one of the most distinctive characteristics of the British is their sense of humour. the Four Superheroes and Alpha Flight. Both with showers. Stand-up comedians have a big audience in Great Britain. yes. I have never read such a bad piece of journalism as your editorial on mothers. 2 A WHAT THE PAPERS SAY A SCOOP What’s going on? Jilly has been given an award. but as you really only want a single room. Gary (VO) Its jokes were understood by both intellectuals and workers. Oh. We are also exhibiting caricature of famous people. Gary (VO) Shows like this one go on tour all over the country. a humorous magazine which appeared at the beginning of the Victorian era. Juan Fine. the church or even the queen herself.. sir. some hair … Sara (VO) John Byrne has done artwork and written scripts for Superman. racist jokes … But these days it’s changed a bit and … it’s more observational humour. And also comic strips. Mike Good evening. please. Mike Ah. Do you like comedy? Juan Yes. She researches her stories.

I’m sorry. Clive Well. Now. MP. *** Hello. You’re right. But I was thinking. which are very right-wing newspapers. Two children. it was a fantastic story. You must be very disappointed. Well. Julia I read The Daily Telegraph. really. Jilly. because that’s the paper that my parents buy. Jilly Oh. Clive. B NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS Street interviews Keith I read The Guardian newspaper because politically. It’s disgusting! Who’s it from? It doesn’t say. It would’ve doubled circulation. left-wing newspapers. This story is just what we need to help sell more newspapers. Maybe … Look at my neck. You know. The same shirt and tie as in this photograph. dear! I’ll be with you in five minutes. it’s too right wing for my taste. Sir Peter Hayes. I’m pleased for your family. *** Clive It was such a shame. Married Sheila Parsons 1958. but I’m pleased it’s not true. Sean I read The Guardian or The Independent. it would have been his own fault! Jilly I know. uh. it’s left of centre so I suppose it corresponds with my politics. Tom. Let’s have a look. Tom Well. A scoop. it’s too conservative. Not just now. Keith I think you can judge people by the newspapers they read. I don’t think so. Come on. This is going to be big. Well. It would have been the hottest newspaper story of the year. anyone? Jilly No. and it would have ruined his family’s life.’ I don’t think that’s his daughter. I’m really sorry. Jilly? You don’t look very happy. What a story! If it’s true. I don’t! I’d really like to get a photograph like that in the post. it’s nothing. Jilly. look very carefully at these photographs. But it would also have been the end of Sir Peter. we find the crossword is easy to do. I’m Jilly Partridge. but I still think that’s wrong. they read. My wife. darling! Congratulations on your award! Jilly Thank you. I am kissing a woman. This is important. What do you mean? Maybe it’s his daughter. Timothy and Anthony. very clear and the English is very good. Jilly Yes. ‘Sir Peter Hayes. No. Don’t you? Clive Louise Yes. Gino Tom No. This is a good story for you. Then perhaps I’d get an award. Could we go to your study? I don’t want to disturb your family … It was sent to me yesterday. but I don’t have rightwing views. It’s front page. It’s in exactly the same position. Here and there. Don’t you? I keep all my publicity. The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. from The Echo. It was published in a glossy magazine. it would. but you have to be careful because a lot of people buy a newspaper just out of habit and they don’t really think about the politics of the . Lucy I read The Times because the articles are very. Gareth I read. *** Gareth I don’t think you can judge people by the paper they read. Lunch is ready. I think I would have been glad if that story about Sir Peter had been true. I don’t like being disturbed at home. This is a picture of me having just won my seat in the House of Commons. We’ll double our circulation figures. Drinks. We see what I’m wearing. I’m embarrassed. because I read a right-wing newspaper. You’re very calm. This is my time with my family.Clive Jilly Clive Gino Clive Jilly Gino Clive Jilly Clive Jilly Clive Jilly Gino Clive Jilly Clive Tom Clive Jilly Sir Peter Jilly Wife Sir Peter Jilly Sir Peter Jilly Sir Peter Jilly Sir Peter Jilly Sir Peter Jilly Sir Peter think the situation is unfair to men … hmm … My God! What is it? It’s nothing. The one who wants better moral standards in society. because I like to have something to disagree with. Who’s he kissing? This is a front-page story! She looks about twenty – and he must be at least sixty. Gino What’s the matter. Can’t you see what has been done? Two pictures have been scanned into a computer and then treated so that it looks like an old married politician is having an affair with a very attractive girl. I never read the Daily Telegraph. which are liberal. of course you would! It would have been a marvellous story! Jilly Yes. Mr Cornish We read The Sun newspaper. Who is that? It’s him! Who? It’s that politician. Sir Peter I wonder if you really are pleased … after all. *** You said the story should be published. thanks.

Voiceover The Sun scoop may have renews calls for laws against press intrusion of privacy. El País. the Coronation has certainly made the headlines. Do you understand? Mike It just doesn’t make sense. Why? … Do you understand? I would like El País. MP Many ordinary. And finally. it does. but we can read it on computer screens where news is sent as soon as it’s been written. Yesterday I ordered El País.000 to charity as a means of apology. I insist. and especially the written press. A man from the British Commonwealth hit the headlines in every newspaper when he climbed Everest. I’ve just bee handed a story from the back pages of the Evening Echo. I’d be happy with any Spanish newspaper. I would like my Spanish newspaper. I’ve never seen such big headlines. How could she do it? Juan I’m sorry. Trevor. From the archive Voiceover According to The Sun. is splashed across its centre pages. will parliament do something to restrain this? Voiceover But The Sun is adamant it hasn’t breached royal privacy. People want to receive news as soon as it happens. it is a picture that had to be published. Good night. Here is the news from the BBC in London. many people have followed the big ¡events on cinema newsreels. Today the MP Peter Bottomley tabled a Commons motion to protest. Lucy I think you can judge people to a certain extent b the newspaper they read. Juan Yes. Mike I’m sorry? Juan Where is my Spanish newspaper? Mike I just don’t understand. But it wasn’t. Juan Please. The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. And now our other main story. Edmund Hillary from New Zealand placed the British Union Jack at the top of Everest after climbing the mountain. as it is such a bad influence. Sara (VO) The mass media. It eventually agreed to pay £100. Trevor No newspapers by 1960 – that’s our prediction here at the BBC. Trevor. Parents have been warned not to let their daughters listen to the music of Ef … El … Elvis Presley. how have the media dealt with the Coronation? Anna Well. I would like my Spanish paper. and these are the headlines. Spokesperson Here you have a very prominent. Mike I am the manager. generally. this is becoming easier and easier. on a camping trip in Canada. All the newspaper editorials think that the young Queen Elizabeth is just wonderful. decent people are very upset and they’re saying. DOCUMENTARY Gary (VO) We live in a world where information needs to be more immediate every day. are undergoing important changes to adapt to the new demands. I want to read about Spain. How could she do what? Mike How would she leave me? I loved her. people choose the newspaper that they find easiest to read. The Duke made no comment today about the photo. with the strategically placed crown. this photograph remained locked in an American bank vault for seven years. but it’s unlikely to face any action unless the Press Complaints Commission is asked to investigate. the Telegraph is really quite a right-wing newspaper. if you haven’t got El País. for example. Making yourself understood Juan Hello. but I think. News from the past Trevor Good evening. Anna. we visited the offices of ‘USA TODAY Information network’. Anna Pilkington. How dreadful! That’s all the news from the BBC in London. USA TODAY was . Juan El País. To be well informed we don’t need to read the news on the pages of a newspaper. Have you got La Vanguardia? Or El Mundo? How about El ABC? Any of them would do! Mike What? No. Trevor So it’s been a good year for Britain’s newspapers? Anna Well. The full picture. The Sun fell foul of the Royals in 1989 after printing one of the Queen’s private family photographs. Tennessee. The British people have never before been offered such comprehensive coverage of a royal event. could I talk to the manager? I have never had such bad service. Gary (VO) To find out about on-line papers. It’s about a young lorry driver from Memphis. These are the so-called electronic newspapers on online papers. and thanks to technological progress. who is upsetting parents all over America. Over now to our media affairs correspondent. of any tabloid paper. Look at these. taken when he was twenty-four. very wellknown figure in a rather extraordinary situation and from our point of view. and over a million people watched the Coronation on television.newspaper. And the British flag is on top of the world. Some people are saying that television is becoming so successful that newspapers will soon be obsolete. the highest mountain in the world. But perhaps the biggest story of the decade is the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. and I would think from the point of view of any editor. and your assistant promised me it would be delivered this morning. Look.

I know I know you. or sometime at night. well! Tom Hello? Hello? Anybody there? Hello? Stupid thing. and I can store them all on the hard disk in here or on a floppy disc. Eventually. Clive Oh. And could you tell us about the disadvantages of electronic newspapers. the news is at least eight hours old. and by the time most people read it. besides advertising. I find it all a bit frightening! I mean. Literally any time news happens. In a few years. Gary (VO) There’s no doubt that newspapers and magazines will have to live with the news reality of on-line newspapers. I use the word-processor program to write and format my articles. We don’0t know … we don’t know too much about who our readers are. With a swift movement of their mouse. I don’t think it will ever do away with it. users can obtain the latest news or the latest sports results. Do you remember? I used to work here fifteen years ago. but if you’re free until then. That’s why we asked Larry Sanders if he thinks the on-line format will do away with conventional newspapers. And I think as time goes by those questions will be answered. has your computer been crashing again? Clive Yes. when you were just starting out as a junior reporter. not you too. seven days a week. a subscription to an on-line paper will be cheaper than printed newspapers. and then on Monday it will be sunny again. An on-line paper is more than just a paper. but I can’t remember your name … Bob Well. It’s the newspaper that can be published online. I’ve got an editorial meeting in a quarter of an hour. Bob Really? Anywhere? Clive Yes. So much for modern technology. a part of Internet that thanks to its user-friendly environment is becoming increasingly popular. or at one o’clock. twentyfour hours a day. It’s the newspaper updated constantly. It’s wonderful. and I can use this modem to send my stories anywhere in the world. Sara (VO) The question is: will printed newspapers become museum pieces? No one knows the answer yet. The main characteristic of an on-line paper is that readers can access the information they want whenever they want it. Bob! And now you’re back! Bob Yes! I’m the new security man. The number of users of electronic information networks is increasing. A regular paper is put to bed at midnight. I don’t think … I think online newspapers will always complement the paper. I can show you. when Bob Hurst came back to work … *** Bob Clive? Clive Buxton! Clive Er. at least in the near future. When something happens it will reflect it.Larry Sanders Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Larry Sanders Sara (VO) Larry Sanders Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Larry Sanders the first American newspaper to use satellite transmission to publish simultaneously nation-wide. Bob Oh. I’ve had a lot of trouble with ‘modern technology’ this week. We don’t know too much about how to make money online. explains to us in general terms what an online paper is. An electronic paper can be published every five minutes if necessary. It always rains on a Saturday! Louise Yes. Tom! Tom What do you mean? Clive Well. what does all this equipment do? Clive It isn’t a bit frightening. Clive That’s great! I imagine things have changed a lot since you were here before. thanks. Bob Hurst. Larry Sanders. It all started on Monday. Clive Of course! Hello. with information being updated by the minute. Oh. I’ve got to send this piece off to the news . it’s alive. Clive Well. But those questions have already been answered for the print paper. 3 A LIFE IN THE FUTURE IT’S A HI-TECH WORLD Louise I wonder what the weather will be like this weekend? Gino I bet it will rain again. Larry Sanders gives us a summary of the main advantages of an on-line paper as compared to a traditional paper. Look. it’s been a long time! Bob. I can use this scanner to add pictures to my articles. I worked in the print room. Bob You’re absolutely right there! In fact. if there are any? Perhaps the biggest disadvantage is that it’s all new. I’m sorry. yes. Oh. An electronic paper is vibrant. USA TODAY ONLINE is available on the World Wide Web. An one point people said that televisions would do away with move theatres and that the radio would do away with newspapers. I’ll be taking care of you all. the person in charge of communications in USA TODAY. information about the weather anywhere in the world. Bob. Jilly What. look. great! Yes. or the latest economic news from Wall Street. surfing the Internet will be as common as making a phone call is nowadays.

uh. What’s a ‘zapper’? Mike It’s a – you know – a zapper. uh. just fix the modem settings … Hey presto! No problem. I just don’t know. I don’t understand. But misused. They’ll probably have finished by the time I sort this out. Bob Look. Promise? Bob Clive. Sharon. It’s broken. I think Making yourself understood Juan Hello. they’ll be reading this in Paris. the thing … The thing for the television. but she’s fascinated by new technology. people are quite often scared of technology – we don’t need to be. Far more than we do. Mike I can’t sell you another one if I don’t know what it is. Juan It changes the picture on the television. Bob We never had this problem with typewriters! I don’t think they’ll be reading that article in Paris this evening! Clive Yes. Bob Are you sure it’s mended? Sharon Yeah. Here you are. Mike Is everything all right? Juan I have a problem. here goes … Oh. Mike Do you have a dictionary? Juan Mando a distancia. it depends. Well. Sharon the new tea girl. The thing for my television doesn’t work. no! I haven’t got time to write the article again. Oh. please. she did. will have a lot more leisure time. You always said they were the future. too.service in Paris. it’s thanks to you really. they’ll have translated it into French. Jilly And se sorted my fax machine out. Yes. I promise. Watch if you like. things like the Internet. anyway they’re two things that … a great improvement in life. An Episonic 2005 zapper. Please. Mike Well. you’d better go. Sharon may be the tea girl today. Mike Ah. *** I must say telephones that you can move about with are a great boon. what’s … what are those ovens called. pretty handy. That will have fixed it. Mike It’s a pleasure. I want to buy a new one. it can also be a curse. You wait and see – in five years’ time she’ll probably be running the Echo! Tom Sharon? Nigel Lucy Dennis John Dennis John people will live and work more at home and in villages. what else can I think of. Leave it with me. Juan Ah. what am I going to do? The editorial meeting will be starting in a minute. I won’t touch a thing. A zapper. don’t touch anything. help us in medicine. I see. In two minutes’ time. I think cities will become a thing of the past. whatever you do. I did. Juan You know. She’s a genius. What sort of television is it? Juan It’s an Episonic 2005 … with Teletext. my God! *** Bob What’s wrong? Clive I don’t know. I think. Microwave ovens. A black box with buttons on it … it changes the picture. just show me that again. technology certainly can. Now. I don’t know the word for it in English. Just check this … Yup. Sean In the future. Bob Blimey! Clive Well. thanks. let’s see. and it will be appearing in their evening newspapers. I think that technology will help people in communicating more easily with links around the world. mando a distancia … Ah! Remote control. will you …? *** Tom Sharon. Bob Yes. Clive. they’re mixed blessings. Mike I’m sorry. didn’t I? Well done. Sharon. How much is that? Mike Thirty’seven pounds ninety-nine. B VIRTUAL REALITY Street interviews Keith I think technology will continue to influence our lives a lot. fixed your computer? Clivd Yes. The computer has crashed. People. I’m impressed. Dad. Mike Right. you mean a zapper! Juan A zapper? No. it’s not here. *** Sharon There. please could you sell me a new remote control. but I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. please? … Thank you. It wasn’t a problem. Tom Sharon? Louse Yes. I think technology will move into the home and people will move out of the cities. Tom. I’ve just lost three hours’ work! Oh. here it is. Mike What thing? Juan It’s a black box with buttons on it. I t was you who bought me my first computer. um. And by three o’clock. al’s fine. A remote control. uh. Sharon Well. She knows all about it. *** Like most things. Juan Thirty-s …? Could I have a receipt. Juan I’m sorry? Mike You’re welcome. Bob Good. very much. I’ll think of something! Clive You! Oh. Bob. I think. Um. Juan Thank you. I think everyday life will become more efficient and I think that we will find that we’ll have more and more machines doing jobs that people could do. Bob. I can’t remember the name now … Microwaves. . they will be able to communicate even more easily than they can do today. Bob Paris in France? How long is that gonna take? Clive As long as the phone call.

Gary (VO) So what will visitors find here? Ms Brandon Visitors will find lots of entertainment. virtual reality and other high technology wonders that very few people have a chance to experience in their daily lives. Sara (VO) Other rides help visitors get an idea of what the daily life of an ordinary family will be like in the future. but will always be introducing. Trevor What about the Americans? Are they going to put any pets into space? Anna Well. as t4echnology advances. But. Florida. and the city. there’s music and there are technologies from the near future. For example. And now for the rest of the news. An open window to the future. . Ms Brandon When Walt created the park. selecting a tree for the garden. that means more and more people can unlock the gateway to the superhighway. that allows us to imagine what life will be like in the twentyfirst century. Anna. on the race into space. EPCOT will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centres of American industry. DOCUMENTARY Sara (VO) Some years ago. Walt Disney We call it EPCOT. So they’ll be sending a man into space instead. computers. Think … nothing … of it. What will they think of next? That’s all the news from the BBC in London. what’s been happening? Anna Well. Trevor Thank you. It’s a place in continuous evolution. and these are the headlines. there’s food. Anna. A man on the moon. Trevor. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be complete. it was to showcase technology and world cultures and bring it to the people of the United States. the Americans are very worried because the Russians are just about to put a dog into space. Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. The man was Walt Disney. Her nose is wet and she’s wagging her tail. A report out today says that new technology is going to change the role of the housewife. washing machines and vacuum cleaners are now being used in homes across the country and housework is becoming easier. a man dreamed of a city of the future. and seeing how it would look from various angles in your own backyard. EPCOT is a community in permanent evolution that will never be totally complete. lots of discovery. watching it grow. That dream came true in Orlando. Trevor A dog? Anna Yes. allowing you to choose a pair of spectacles and try them on. From the archive Voiceover Talking to computers is becoming easier.Juan Mike Juan Mike Welcome? Think nothing of it. Here it is. Her name is Laika. and it’s all done in a fun and entertaining way. And the Russian scientists say she is looking forward to her trip. it seems as though the space race has really started. “Innoventions”. Good night. There’s culture. returning from the past. to tell us about the philosophy of this city of tomorrow. Their creative engineers continue designing new News from the past Trevor Good evening. Trevor. But first we have a report from Anna Pilkington. what will happen to the housewife? What will she be doing in ten years’ time? Will she be redundant? And finally scientists in America have come up with the super computer. Trevor. Walt Disney himself. EPCOT. the BBC’s science correspondent. in large scale. tells us what EPCOT stands for. toasters. is devoted to showing the most advanced technology. here on land. for example. It is no bigger than a double-decker bus and it can do sums quicker than a human. American scientists tell me that their research indicates that dogs are not intelligent enough to be good astronauts. Gary (VO) As Walt Disney himself explained. So. Wave your hands in the air and make music … or navigate your way through your personal virtual reality on the screen. Sara (VO) In the different shows. as Walt Disney engineers have found out. spelled E-P-C-O-T. and testing. and demonstrating new materials and new systems. Gary (VO) What aspects of the human knowledge and experience does EPCOT cover? Ms Brandon We like to think it covers every aspect in some fashion. Fridges. This is the news from the BBC in London. They say they’ll even have a man on the moon by the end of the century! Trevor. It’s even becoming fun. Gary (VO) EPCOT is more than an amusement park. it’s not easy to show a future that is constantly becoming the present. a public relations officer at EPCOT. with surprises in store for its visitors. where every attraction is a new experience. visitors can see different aspects of how human knowledge has developed. under the sea or in the space. We asked Ms Brandon. Gary (VO) Domestic robots. The Russians and the Americans race t be first into space … New appliances make housework easier … and a new type of super computer has been built. Muchas gracias. The computer can even store an image of your face.

Why? Because I didn’t take up your suggestions for government policy? No. Dictate. absolutely nothing. have you seen the latest opinion polls? Yes. We do nothing. Yes. only thirty per cent said ‘Yes’. the spokesperson for the disabled wanted to know what we were going to do for them. He refused to listen to anything that she said. Sir. We have an attraction called “Innoventions” that showcases near-future technology. Sir. Minister. ‘the long term’? I mean in ten years’ time. But Minister … Which is only six months away. Well. I read all the speeches you made about democracy when . Now. Minister. But … Claire. But not everything is fun and entertainment at EPCOT. But let’s get back to work. I’ve made a few suggestions … Oh? In the long term. Claire. I kissed hundred … there must be a baby in there somewhere … There we are. This isn’t my good side. In the attraction devoted to tomorrow’s agriculture research is being done on new forms of food production and on the possibility of setting up farms on the moon or on other planets. unless it benefits us at the next election. everyone knows that. It will bring jobs. Sir? What do you mean. How are the attractions designed? All our attractions are created by a group in California called “Imagineering”.Ms Brandon Gary (VO) Ms Brandon Gary (VO) Ms Brandon Gary (VO) Ms Brandon Sara (VO) Gary (VO) EPCOT’s staff member attractions. Minister. So everyday you’ll see something that’s new. We have to decide which are the best photos of me to give to the press. A fantastic journey where the things that we find astonishing today will be common things tomorrow. I can see that. In the long term. the policy will have paid for itself. Yes. Minister? You don’t understand politics. Stop dictating. You mean the new policy for people who are disabled? No. That’s why we asked Ms Brandon in what ways EPCOT has changed over the years. A look at the future from the present. Greetings from Walt Disney World EPCOT Centre to all … capital letter … That’s English friends. The park has got to have an everchanging presence in order to live up to its name. When voters were asked if they though that this government was capable of running the country. Well. Claire Dawson? The civil servant? Yeah. They need to be something that our guests will relate to and understand. Sir. we have important work to do this morning. Why? She said politics was a difficult business. Claire Douglas Louise Clive Louise Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Claire But nothing seems to have been done. before I came to this Department. you know I’m interesting in hearing your suggestions on departmental policy … Yes. Then she told me about the day she had had enough! *** What’s this? It’s my letter of resignation. Claire? What do you mean? You should know by now that no politician is going to thank you for long-term policies. Exclamation mark. she’s told me that she’s resigned. What criteria do you follow to introduce those innovations? They need to be exciting. Minister. It must be my good side … *** And he said it had to be his good side. they will mean savings for the tax payer. Really. I have studied the last five government white papers on the disabled … Very good. adapted to the latest advances in science and technology. The opposition have over fifty per cent. How often do you introduce innovations? In this park we introduce it on a daily basis. It will bring new life back to communities. Workers will be more skilled. She worked night and day for him. The Walt Disney imaginers are the engineers who create the rides. Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas Claire Douglas 4 A DOES POLITICS MATTER? KISSING BABIES Louise Clive Louise Jilly Louise Tom Do you remember my friend. It’s changed tremendously and it continues to change. *** Claire. and he never even thanked her for it. In ten years! What’s the matter. do you. Politicians never listen to anybody. There’s also a place for study and research. Then why? Minister. Minister. what I really want is a picture of me kissing a baby.

If a citizen isn’t getting what he wants done. just an individual who believed that slavery should be abolished. or the EEC as it is known. by what they see on the screen. Anna Pilkington. Italy. Anna. Tom. Douglas yes. scientists and intellectuals of being communist sympathisers. Claire stayed for a while longer. Claire You promised to serve the ordinary person in the street … Douglas Well … Claire I saw a film of your first election speeches. And. That’s all the news from the BBC. and she got what she wanted done. Douglas How interesting. Trevor Anna Trevor Anna Trevor between European countries for the last thousand years. freedom from disease. It isn’t time to give up. by what they hear in speeches. She wants to be a journalist. I believed every word that you said. Elizabeth Fry wanted prison reform and she got prison reform. Douglas I was rather good looking in my youth. writers. Trevor. you’re right. And what did he say? He said … he didn’t know. In the United States. you can spread your opinion to other people. well. freedom from squalor and ignorance. But first this evening’s main story – the European Economic Community. Perhaps I’m tired. other people who are influenced as you are by what they read in the papers. he writes to his MP. but she did resign. And now for the rest of the news. Germany. and demand what you want and damn well see to it that you make your opinions heard. Perhaps it’s time for me to give it all up. by what they hear in conversation. and these are the headlines. Perhaps I’ve been in politics too long. and he get factory reform … Legislation. The European Economic Community is born. Tom Well. Douglas I understand. and if he still doesn’t get what he wants. That’s good news. Claire You said politicians had to have ideals. Anna? Anna Well. Chaplin says he will never return. when you started out. I’ll look again at your suggestions for changes to departmental policy. Minister. so many things you want. President de Gaulle of France announce this morning that France. But perhaps you should think more about what you believed in when you were young. I’m afraid. We have a report from our political editor. You really seemed to believe in what you were saying – you really wanted to help people. which is simply the result of public opinion being bought to bear on parliament. When you’ve spread your opinion you can form groups and unions and political parties. Claire. If you want these things. but now a group of countries have decided to start working together. . An opinion poll out today says that ninety-eight per cent of Britons believe there will never be a woman Prime Minister. Claire When I watched the film I didn’t just love your speeches … Douglas You mean …? Claire I mean I admired your ideals and your honesty. In fact. and he got what he wanted. I want to change my career. I’m sure they’re right. Claire You did. Luxembourg and Holland have joined the European Economic Community. on the radio. Claire I’m glad. Florence Nightingale. Douglas Ideals! I’m a pragmatist. but what they read in books. there have been wars and fighting From the archive Voiceover Wilberforce. I know. there’s so much that needs to be done. she’s applied for a job on The Echo. This is the news from the BBC in London. Claire You said the job of the politician is to serve the people. But now you’ve changed. Freedom from poverty. What is the story. And news just in. so did I at the time. Oh! Well. but I’m still resigning. never mind. Belgium. People who are suspected have been prevented from working. this is the question everyone is asking. Claire No. B USE YOUR VOTE! News from the past Trevor Good evening. politicians. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin has accused many people of secretly admiring communism. Why? Douglas I don’t know. in the United States. Douglas Yeah. Douglas Claire. I did. a few minutes ago I talked to a government official and asked him if the United Kingdom would join the EEC.you were a young man. I don’t know. I hope she doesn’t expect us to be idealists! Gino Perhaps some of us are. In fact. freedom from war. Douglas Strangely enough. he votes for someone else next time he gets the chance. Lord Shaftesbury wanted factory reform. Many artists – including famous film star Charlie Chaplin – have left the United States. Claire I thought you were wonderful. who was determined to better the conditions in military hospitals. *** Louise Anyway. Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses actors. isn’t it? Clive That’s wonderful. a politician also has to look after his own interests. Trevor. and not to serve himself. what about Great Britain? Will we be joining this European Economic Community? Well. Could you stay for a little longer? Help me work on this policy document.

but I think that people should be able to vote. you can’t vote the right person in to deal with the things that you think are important. It’s very important. Mrs Simpson Yes. please. traditions are of great importance … as is the case with the old ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament. It leaves in two minutes’ time. the House of Commons can force the bill through after a time. The members of this house are people with titles. If you want to influence the decisions of government.Street interviews Tamsen I think voting’s really important because if you don’t vote. Mike Do you understand English? Juan Well. Gary (VO) The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a parliamentary monarchy. but it does upset me sometimes when people don’t exercise their right to vote. Announcer The next train to London … Juan What did he say? I couldn’t hear the platform number. Mr Cornish Yes. Sara (VO) The British political system has some peculiarities. you can’t complain. it decides the future of the country. Mrs Cornish I think everybody should vote. Making yourself understood Juan Excuse me. Mike The next London train is on platform 6. I don’t think voting is important. Gary (VO) The Queen is not allowed into the House of Commons. Gary (VO) Could a person without a title become a . I’m late. Juan Thank you. we can find the House of Commons. is the British Parliament. and Parliament can pass or abolish any law. The sound is very bad. I think you should vote. particularly as there are countries where people don’t have the right to vote and I do think it should be compulsory. Juan I must catch my train. but I do feel it’s important. Please. so she calls the members of this house to go to the House of Lords. If you don’t vote. One of the most important is that there isn’t a written constitution. I. And when the members of the House of Commons are in the house of Lords. because if the Lords refuse to pass a law ultimately. because people get lazy about voting. It’s called the Houses of Parliament. Sara (VO) The Commons close their doors to the Queen’s messenger to show their independence. just out of. Lucy I think voting is extremely important. Sara (VO) Inside the building. Derek I don’t think it should be compulsory. on certain occasions. they just can’t be bothered. the Speaker of the House of Lords. Gary (VO) This results. Steve I don’t think voting is very important to us at the moment. Mike Did she? Who is the MP that you’re meeting? Juan She said that she didn’t know what platform the fast train went from. whose members are democratically elected by the people. Sean I think voting is important if you want to have a say. but ultimately. We were curious about this typically British institution. *** Louisa I don’t think voting should be made compulsory. Mike It’s not my fault. Vicki No. That’s why I always vote – so I can complain if things go wrong. but when we get a bit older it probably will be. if not today. and I’m late. The Queen is the Head of State and the Prime Minister is the head of government. yes. I think everybody should participate in politics. I do. The woman in the ticket office told me that there was a fast train to London. Nigel I haven’t voted in any election yet. I do. Lord Chancellor It has. it’ll mean quite a bit to us. please – tell me where to get the fast train to London. but do you understand that? Announcer The next train … Mike The next tron … Juan I can’t understand what the announcer is saying. some of which are hereditary. in very strong parliamentary debates … Sara (VO) As there isn’t a written constitution. it should be compulsory. the Queen read the opening speech … This is the Lord Chancellor. Mike Or is it platform 9? DOCUMENTARY Gary (VO) This beautiful building. I’m meeting a Member of Parliament at the House of Commons today. I think it is very important. … and the House of Lords. the ultimate legislative power is with the House of Commons. Julia Yes. you can’t complain. I think voting’s important and I vote in every election. So we asked the Lord Chancellor if the House of Lords has any legislative power. Perhaps you could tell me? Mike Listen to the announcement. on the bank of the river Thames. Gareth I think voting is very important.

they’re important. so as not to upset him. In the old days they knew how to kick the ball. Tom I do hope that Dad’s going to eat with us. they bought him so that they can win the championship this year. Tom No. Tom It never is. Do you remember the first time you took me to see them play? Dad Yes. they have to be firstclass players. he becomes … he or she becomes a member of the House of Lords on obtaining the title. Jilly I feel sorry for your Dad. Tom I’ll never forget that first game. Mum I hope you like it. they don’t. I forget the last time I saw a decent programme on television. Now. They know how to kick the ball. go and say hello to your father. Now people treat me as though I were a senior citizen or an old-age pensioner. I’m bored. I’m not. once they’re appointed. Tom Yes. like Mum? Dad Do you think I’m going to take up Indian cooking? Tom You could do something else – in order to ‘broaden the mind’. And it’s getting worse. they’re there for the duration of their appointment. *** Tom While Dad was getting older by the minute. It’s rubbish. hello. hello. I mean. Tom How are you. I wanted to ask you. Tom Mmm! It’s delicious. Sara (VO) The Lord Chancellor is a very kind man who showed us his office and some cherished personal objects. Tom Dad. Mum! I hope you like it. I do hope your mother’s not cooking Indian food again. what is it? ‘Great songs from the World Wars’. darling. Dad There are no good players any more. yeah. Dad. that’s lovely. So nobody can remove them or influence them. Tom You look well. Very nice indeed. *** Tom Why don’t you take up a hobby. Tom I read in the papers they bought a new Dutch player. although the ultimate control is with the democratically elected Commons chamber. Title and membership are coincident. Dad It’s not the same now. To pass the time. Dad Why did they do that? Tom Because he’s brilliant. and this gives a very independent House of Lords. For forty years I got up every morning to go to work. I thought I’d have a change. Dad Tom. Dad? Dad Oh. And I went to work in order to feed you and the family. Mum seemed to be getting younger. But you always used to cook cottage pie and carrots on a Thursday. but a couple of weeks ago I went home – for my Mum’s birthday. Tom. Dad. He just hasn’t been the same since he retired. well … Jilly You normally want to write about scandal and gossip. I hope you’re not going to start feeling sorry for yourself. Dad Things never change for the better. He needs cheering up. Jilly I never thought you were a social reformer.member of the House of Lords? Lord Chancellor No. *** Mum I’m doing a course in Indian cookery at evening classes. Dad There are no good programmes on. It was frightening. And I’m not geriatric. Why have you suddenly become so interested in pensioners’ rights? Tom Well. I watch TV. Tom In order to get into the team. I found it very difficult to know what to say to him. UNIT 5 A OAP YOU’RE AS OLD AS YOU FEEL Tom Cheers! Jilly Tom. Things change. Tom Dad! Dad I can’t stand this stuff. Tom You’ve got a good picture there. Dad. will you stop talking to me as though I was senile. *** Tom Oh. Tom No. Tom Dad feels sorry for Dad too. either. He also explained to us how the House of Lords contributes to the government of the country. And so far as the bishops are concerned. Mum Oh. Don’t be silly. Tom What’s that funny smell? Dad Oh. Mum I cooked cottage pie and carrots every Thursday for thirty years – to please your father. Tom What have you been doing then? Dad Nothing much. Where’s Dad? . Dad Yeah. Oh. I think it offers a range of expertise which is important in deciding on the terms of legislation and it offers people who have no dependence on the government of the day for their position. *** Tom Happy birthday. because once in the Lords you are in the Lords – apart from the bishops – you’re in the Lords for life. Mum I hope so too. Mum. Dad I don’t want to broaden my mind. To tell you the truth. Lord Chancellor Well.

I want to be healthy and fit and looked after and. I suppose I’m old. From the archive Voiceover The one thing all pensioners have in common is more leisure time than the rest of us. The great composer Sibelius dies at the age of ninety-two. I hope so. that must be the first priority. Dennis Yes. Tom. Nigel I’d still like to be active in my old age. Trevor. Tom Mum. Anna. Trevor. I don’t know. um.Mum Oh. he’s playing football. Gareth I would like to retire to a Caribbean country with a beach and sun. we go when we like. because I had a husband for a long while. Voiceover The stereotype suggests if you’re old. his waning years. I hope to be living in the sun. Tom What’s it about? Mum I’ve joined a group of pensioners. better adult education. he’ll be all right. yes. Christopher I think I’d like to spend my old age perhaps in the south of France or around the Mediterranean. and we’re having a protest march next month. so that people will know what we feel. uh. do things like walking in the countryside. she made me show the article to the editor. who was ill physically and mentally. I. what do old people want? Spokesperson Better transport. I have done all my life. and also the elderly. I find I’m far busier now than I’ve ever been before and I thoroughly enjoy every minute of it. experts say the political parties should be trying to make retirement more enjoyable. don’t think so. Louise And is he going to publish it? Tom Well. But do you know what he said? He said he thought it was better written than most of my stories! and hopefully my grandchildren. health care and pensions do worry the elderly. By the way. With the population getting older. fighting for senior citizens’ rights. I quite enjoy it actually. Man Taking care of the National Health service. Mum Oh. Mrs Simpson Well. Elderly people are not treated with much respect in our society. But tonight’s main story is that the Welfare State is offering hope to millions of old people. Julia I hope to spend my old age with my family . Every working person in the country pays money to the Government so as to make sure that the less well-off are looked after. including hospitals. And what old people think about ‘the Beatniks’. News from the past Trevor Good evening. Oh. Derek I don’t want to spend my old age alone. I’ve got a good story for your newspaper. Tom I hope he doesn’t overdo it. and are more user friendly for older people – that’s just three things. a couple of dogs and some chickens in the garden. relaxing and enjoying the countryside. Tom Mum. Tom. for as long as I can. drinking good wine and eating good food in the sunshine. Woman And I think social services. better leisure centres which are less like palaces to the young. The editor’s not interested in stories about the elderly. and I had literally no help. The Welfare State offers hope to old people. *** Tom Anyway. I’m seventy-one. enjoying a lot of free time and spending all the money I’ve earned. what does this mean for old people? Anna Well. While many don’t fit the bill. Tom Oh. it’s basically a national insurance scheme. Anna Pilkington. John It’s what my American brother-in-law calls his. I’ve written this article for your newspaper. u. Sean When I’m old. Trevor So. Mum Why? Tom We are trying to sell our newspaper to younger people. to tell him what we think. We are going over to our social affairs correspondent. Woman Well. Mum We’re going to see our Member of Parliament. I’m doing the things that I want to do. Here is the news from the BBC in London. in my. you’re more likely to be poor and in ill-health. Vicki I want to spend my old age in the Bahamas. you don’t want to take on too much. go on doing everything I want. So apart from better pensions. I find that I am far busier. I’m on income support and I think a little bit more extra money would help. it means that everyone in the country gets free medical care and that all retired people B WHEN I GET OLDER … Street interviews Tamsen I hope to spend my old age in France. and he thought it was a good story. old house in Scotland with a few old friends. what exactly is the Welfare State? Anna Well. Mr Cornish When we need to travel. he’s really enjoying it. Lucy I want to spend my old age quietly at home relaxing with my family. you know. *** Dennis We’re very old. where we like. What?! Mum Yes! He’s helping to coach the junior team at the local school. *** Keith I’d like to spend my old age in a big.

One more time. People say that the Beatniks should go and do a proper day’s work. Trevor How old do you have to be in order to receive this state pension? Anna Sixty for women and sixty-five for men. in a warm climate. so I’m involved in collecting the money and taking it to the bank. Sara (VO) These villas were bought as second homes. Making yourself understood Juan Excuse me. Yes. Right at the roundabout. Margaret Burtford We came to Spain ten years ago. Please could you give me directions? Mike It’s very difficult. Many of the villas in this estate are inhabited by Britons. I have to visit her to give her a present. And we don’t want to go back to England. who live in this beautiful villa. please? Mike First left out the building. And after breakfast we either play tennis or we go shopping to Fuengirola. We Burtford always have been since we’ve been here. in Spain one can lead a very relaxed life. English is the most spoken language. It’s a home for the elderly. I’m the treasurer of the church. Slowly? Mike OK. on this terrace normally. It looks quite different from a British village. I can read Spanish. I have a friend whose mother is in there. you’ll have to take an underground train. The great composer Sibelius died today at the age of ninety-two. no. Sara (VO) The Burtfords proved to be fit enough to play tennis with their friends. Yes. Gary (VO) This is the case of Margaret and Tim Burtford. but could you say it a bit more slowly. And it’s not only tourists who speak it. Juan I’m sorry. in the Anglican Church here on the Costa del Sol. But eventually they became the place where lots of British pensioners wish to spend the last years of their lives. Gary (VO) Can you speak Spanish? Margaret Burtford A little. Gary (VO) Half the permanent residents of Mijas are foreigners. Gary (VO) Are you happy in Spain? Tim & Margaret We are very happy in Spain. It’s the third or fourth building on the left. Could you tell me the way to the underground station. most of them British. That’s all the news from the BBC in London. Across two sets of traffic lights. Mike The Clarendon Rest Home? Is it near here? Juan I hope so. Second on the right. so that I can write it down? Mike I hope that this won’t take too long. Good night. and more specifically by British pensioners. Could you say it again. Gary (VO) Can you tell us if there is any difference between your lifestyle here in Spain and your lifestyle in England? Tim Burtford Yes. Apparently the Beatniks wear black clothes. please? I want to go to the Clarendon Rest Home. Right at the roundabout. Gary (VO) Can you tell us about a day in your life? Tim Burtford Yes. Gary (VO) Have any of your habits changed since you came to live in Spain? Margaret Burtford We lead a very active sporting life . We are very involved in it. please. Second on the right. old people are worried about a group of young people who call themselves Beatniks. we get up around at about eight o’clock in the morning and we have breakfast. Gary (VO) Why did you come here? Tim Burtford We came to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle and we enjoy getting away from the pressure of living in England. Could you help me. please? Mike First left out the building. partly because you can live out of doors more of the time and we can enjoy the sports that we play so much. It’s in Exeter Road in Wimbledon. Quite right too. First left out the building. drink lots of coffee and listen to jazz music all day. Anna. So you haven’t got long to wait. near the sea. And now for the rest of the news. And finally. It’s the third or fourth building on the left … Left! Documentary Gary (VO) This beautiful Mediterranean village is Mijas. Second on the right. I didn’t quite catch all of that. I’m awfully sorry. Right at the roundabout. Juan Why? Mike In order to get to Wimbledon. Across two sets of traffic lights … Juan No. Margaret Burtford On Wednesdays we go to the church.will receive a state pension. Across two sets of traffic lights. Juan No. We first asked them how long they had been in Spain. Sara (VO) But in some parts. very happy. It is difficult to understand the Spaniards when they are talking to us because they talk too quickly for us. Sara (VO) We were curious about their life style. The station isn’t far from here. Trevor Thank you. Juan I hope not. when Tim retired from the Royal Air Force. though. overlooking the blue sea. Tim Burtford Specially down here on the Costa del Sol. He was still writing music in his old age.

Gino. the vision engineers sit over there and the … Mr Barbetti … I’m sorry? This is Sandy who is my floor manager. He got angry with me and I got angry with him. So if I want you to do something in a different way. And this is Studio Gino Scott Sandy Scott Gino Scott Gino Scott Gino Scott Gino Scott Gino Scott Gino Gino Jilly Gino Gino Scott Sandy Gino Sandy Three which is where you’ll be. I will be here by the mixing desk so that I can see the pictures that come from each camera … Hello. *** Lasagne is a typical dish from northern Italy. perhaps we could make an arrangement for you to come down to the studios. OK. Gino Really? Phillida I heard you talking in the pub a few months ago. Thank you. OK. You said that even you could do better. *** I didn’t like the director and he didn’t like me. How can I help you? Phillida Could I speak to Gino Barbetti? Receptionist Hold on a second. Mr Barbetti. Hello. Phillida That’s Studio One in there. He said that on television I had to smile all the time. He’s told me to ask you to do it again. Ah … *** This is the set. being an OAP can be the best time of your life. Gino. Later I asked him why I had to smile. Gino Thank you. It may not be funny. Hello. I had a phone call last month. how are you? Fine. There are three cameras in the studio. That’s fine. Everyone smiles on television. He’0ll explain everything to you. Phillida Good morning. *** Phillida Have you ever been in a TV studio before? Gino No. but it’s true! Scott. yup. Gino Who said that? Phillida You did. Hi. you have a nice smile. Sorry. He’s the director. Gino What? Phillida You said that the food presenters on the Food for Fun programme didn’t know what they were talking about. Gino Shh! You have to be careful what you say in this pub. Scott isn’t happy about what you just said. did you get that? No? Gino says he wants to keep that bit in. Scott doesn’t like it. Jilly Why? Gino Television producers drink here. but without the bit about the ‘dreadful stuff in British supermarkets.here. nice to meet you. On television you have to smile all the time. So you are going to be telling me what to do! No. I’ll tell Sandy and Sandy will talk to you. sorry. *** Receptionist Good morning. *** Gino Hello. I buy food in the local Spanish market and cook the Spanish food. Gino Did I? Phillida I’m a great fan of your writing. M name’s Phillida Todd. … the vision mixer sits next to me and cuts between the cameras as I direct. That’s Studio Two. That’s where we film most of the soap operas and sitcoms. But I was talking rubbish. but the way the Bolognese make lasagne is very different from the dreadful stuff you buy in supermarkets in this country … What!? Gino. Mr Barbetti. and I think our eating habits have changed. This is the set! Yes. please … Yup. Gino Barbetti speaking.’ He says it isn’t funny. I don’t know anything about TV. Mr Barbetti. I’m going to be telling you want to do. isn’t it? For a food programme? What’s wrong with it? It looks horrible. please. I’ll put you through. it’s good. Yup. Jilly What? Gino It’s true. which is where they film the news and weather. The Echo. if one is in good health. He says he doesn’t want you to laugh at British food. Hold on. He says it’s true. I’m a producer at Greenwich TV. I want you to meet Scott. Gino Yes? Phillida We are making a pilot for a new food programme and I’ve heard that you’d be able to present a programme on Italian food very well. Is that OK? . Scott Gino Phillida Gino Scott Gino Sandy Scott 6 A RADIO AND TV: FRIEND OR FOE? THE TV PRESENTER Jilly That television programme’s rubbish. Gary (VO) Having spent some time with them we realized that. Phillida Well.

please. no. . well. when I’m in the car. maybe about an hour. OK. but I sometimes listen to the radio. This is beautiful. So many of them are boring. Can you see the autocue? Over there? Gino No. the experts are promising to develop all sorts B OVER TO OUR CORRESPONDENT Street interviews Christopher I listen to the radio for about an hour every day. it’s good to listen to music on the radio. and these are the headlines. it’s probably the soap operas I watch the most. but I definitely prefer it to the radio. Trevor So. *** Mrs We watch the news in the morning and at Cornish lunchtime and then whatever is interesting in the evening. far too much – everyone says so – but I like listening to the radio too. Ben Hur. can I have a word? Gino is good. just switch it on and listen to music when I’m doing a job. he says you’re changing it too much. And a new film. Gino Shh! Tamsen I watch television a lot. Gino. Keith I don’t spend many hours listening to the radio or watching television a week. Is that OK? Gino Yes. John I think I’d rather give up television than radio if I had to make a choice. I also listen to the talks and current affairs programmes. Yup. OK. Phillida Scott. cut. not this one. Sandy Well. Anna. Vicki I watch TV a little bit. Millions of British people turn from radio to television. Sandy Cut. It’s more fun. although I spend. Trevor. um. Lucy I don’t spend very long. Gareth I never watch television. um. this is it. Anna Pilkington. Mr Cornish We very seldom listen to the radio. *** Gino They told me the programme is being broadcast in two months’ time. but please talk to camera three. Keith I suppose I prefer radio to television because you use your imagination more when you listen to radio. he says you’re not following the script. Right. Sandy Great. He says he can’t get you on camera two. Over ten million people watch television in the United States. Sandy Great! Thanks … and before we go again. I’m not a very disciplined listener to radio. OK. Dennis Yes. yes. I tend to spend most of the time listening to my own music.Gino Sandy. but they now plan to broadcast six hours of programmes daily. I tend to. Scott But he … Phillida Scott! Let him have another drink and let him do it his way. is said to be the most spectacular in cinema history. Scott Fine. it’s not OK. Ugh! No. Sean I think I prefer the radio. Gino And this is the perfect wine to go with the dish. right. because. we’ll go again. Even I could’ve done better. That one. no!! Gino Ah. *** Christopher I prefer the radio because then you can make your own pictures. He says it’s very important. Nigel Whilst I’m here at college. This is the news from the BBC in London. historians have said that radio and cinema would be the most important media of the century. up until now. Right. Trevor. yah. News from the past Trevor Good evening. Trevor Six hours!? Goodness me! How will they manage to fill all that time? Anna Well. But if that’s what he told me to do. Scott. Louisa I tend to spend more time listening to the radio than the TV because I don’t have a TV. that’s what I’ll do … And then. it looks as if television will soon be the medium of the future. Julia When I’m at college. Jilly That’s fantastic. yup. the presenter was terrible. Scott told you to look at camera three. yeah. at the moment the BBC transmits only a few hours of television each day. but not in any very disciplined way. I’ll tell him. Let’s get ready for the next take. driving. probably an hour a day. when you’ve boiled the pasta for seven minutes … Scott No! Sandy Hold on a minute. I. This is disgusting! Scott No. I watch a bit of telly. no. So. is television the future of broadcasting? Anna Well. last night I watched this new gardening programme. I think you’ll make a wonderful presenter. Gino. but now over a million people have television sets. not very well. Yup. But he doesn’t like the script. but then when I get home. I listen to the radio for half an hour when I get up in the morning and I don’t watch any television. Derek I tend to spend about two to three hours a day listening to the radio or watching the TV. Gino I don’t like this script. watching the television. Do you know. is this the end of radio? Anna Well. cut! Yeah. But for tonight’s main story we go over to our media affairs reporter. I watch virtually no TV. uh. Let him do what he’s doing.

Gary (VO) There’s no doubt that American television. Mr González. Thank you very much. you’ll have to speak up. by showing real trials from inside court rooms. Juan Sky Sport. What can I do for you? Juan I’d like to watch the football match. G-O-N-Z-A-L-E-Z. which has never been done before. they tend to be economically upscale and well educated. so in an attempt to persuade audiences to return to the cinema. who will want to go to the cinema when you can see moving pictures at home? Trevor Thank you. For example. Good night. tells us what exactly it is. Sara (VO) Cable television is the ideal technology to reach very specific groups of viewers through thematic channels. I wonder if you … Mike Sorry? Who? Juan Mr González.of different programme types. whether they are involved in government themselves or because they’re affected by one of the issues that we’re covering. It’s a channel devoted entirely to trials and programmes on legal matters. education. Gary (VO) Who is its main audience? Spokesman Its main audience is adults. Spokesman I think the future of television in this country for Court TV is probably a blend with the future of computers in this country. Mike Which big match? Juan The football!!! What time is the football on television? I want to watch the match on TV. Anna. One of them is financing a channel entirely devoted to politics. At 7 o’clock. There’s no middleman between the audience and the actions that they are seeing. Mike Hello? Juan Ah. Sky Sport is on satellite television. but the for C-Span people who watch are the people who are interested in government for whatever reason. please? Mike Er … Sky Sport. they say it may even be possible to learn a new language by television. devoted to even more specific topics. viewers can access about eighty different channels. This is a terrible line. country music or any other topic you can imagine. and it has its offices in Washington. the number of channels reaching American homes is extremely high. foreign languages. quizzes. over ten million people are watching television. about our legal system. religion. So we’d like to do a little survey and ask our two experts about the future of television in the United States. Hello. like that of the rest of the world. What channel is it on. Gary (VO) Thanks to the technological progress of satellite transmissions and optical fibre cable. but what time is it on television? Mike I’m sorry? Juan What time is the match on TV? Look. Do you know when it’s on? Mike It’s on television. Mike It’s on TV at 7 o’clock. it’s the United States of America. Trevor Well. Mr González. Sara (VO) Cable television companies are legally bound to offer a series of public services. And what about the cinema? Anna Well. most of them through cable. Juan Yes. the handicapped. The new technological advances will bring about new demands on the part of the viewers. well. is undergoing important changes. Spokesman The philosophy is that our audience should for C-Span see the government working as if they were in Washington DC or whatever that event is taking place. one can find television channels devoted to just one topic such as sports. In America. In New York City alone. Spokesman Court TV is a cable network that is dedicated for Court TV to teaching the American public about its legal system. music or news. but I can’t find it in my paper. Room 205. the cinema. The spokesman for Court TV. channels about health. It stars Charlton Heston and even has a chariot race. Sara (VO) And who is the channel’s main audience? Spokesman We deliver the network to everybody. hello. But there are also many others. So. But is it good enough to keep people going to cinema? Only time will tell. There are. Mike Oh! Right. Ben Hur is perhaps the most spectacular film ever made. Americans spend a long time in front of the television set. The spokesman tells us about this channels philosophy. Mike Ah. Making yourself understood Juan Hello. Juan Thanks. the film studios are producing bigger and more extravagant films. Gary (VO) One of the thematic channels that has been more successful recently is Court TV. I think we’ll see . This is Mr González in Room 205 here. Mike What match? Juan The big match. Its name is C-Span Channel. Juan Yes? Mike We don’t have satellite TV in this hotel. Yes. And now for the rest of the news. for example. But the match is on the radio as well! … Has anyone got a radio? DOCUMENTARY Sara (VO) If there’s a place in the world where television is making progress at a breathtaking pace. ages twenty-five for Court TV to fifty-four.

you’re in love! *** Well. He was so good looking! *** Yes? Hi. the telephone. I love cooking. I love speaking English. Gary (VO) No one knows for certain what the television of the twenty-first century will be like. no. Yes. And I never thought I would speak English. and it was hard to find a job. It’s wonderful to eat a delicious meal in the company of a beautiful lady. yes. I interviewed this Spanish man who’d won a multimedia design award. but today I wrote my last story. And there will always be a desire for entertainment where you just sit back and relax. Until five years ago. *** That was a most delicious meal. At the same time. and sooner or later you’ll have one monitor which hooks up to the Internet and to television.more interactivity. Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto You make it sound very easy. I wanted time to stand still. not only do I not know. I would have felt the same way. . Alberto? Louise Case. Sometimes. But something seems certain: Tomorrow’s television is starting to be a reality today. Would that be OK? Yes. I had such a bad teacher when I was at school that I really didn’t like it. you’re so nice I want to find out all about you. although I knew I needed to speak English in order to get on in my job. It was like I’d known him for years. Alberto. Yes. come in. I wanted to stay in that room for ever. Good for you! I think that you speak English so well that people wouldn’t know you were Spanish. You know. even though I had to get back to work. Well … And it’s going to make you very rich! Yes. I’m from The Echo. It’s a nice place. Do you interview any interesting people? Not very often. you came up with an award-winning design for a CD. but to some extent there will be more activity where you work together with the monitor and with the computer and with what’s showing up on your screen. I like English so much I want to speak it all the time. Louise. I’m looking forward to the new job. it was five years ago. I mean famous people. It’s the future of the combination of the television. That would be very nice. I hope it was good. when I was 15. It’s so nice to be able to talk to you in your own language. all I could say was. I’m supposed to be asking the questions! I’m sorry. of course. Well. I thought English was so difficult that I would never learn it. Thank you. That would be lovely. Yes. while I’m very flattered by your interest in me. Tell me about it. a friend of mine showed me how to use his computer. what can I say! Can I go on? Yes.ROM. So. It’s just. Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Louise Jilly Louise Jilly Louise 7 A ENGLISH BEYOND THAT’S ENGLISH! CONGRATULATIONS! Clive Gino Tom Louise Jilly Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Louise Alberto Here’s to Louise. I don’t think for C-Span anybody knows. Louise. I had no work. And how long did it take you to design the programme? A few months. Congratulations on your award! It was a surprise. Perhaps we could talk while I make some lunch for us. I think the publisher was lucky to find you. Even if he’d been ugly. Well. Though you’re interesting. ‘My tailor is rich’. but I’m also sad to be leaving. So I did a course in English. It belongs to a friend. I thought this was it. no. Ah. um. Good luck in the new job! Cheers! Thanks everyone. although it is very nice to be interviewed by the English newspapers! Do you like interviewing people. was he? No. And I like you too. although I was lucky – I found a good publisher. I didn’t do very well at school. Louise? It depends who I’m interviewing. But now. Really. How does it feel to be famous? Well. I’m not really famous. Spokesman Again. I just stopped trying. Like who? Alberto. No. I heard that you designed your computer software in your bedroom. It’s incredible – although you had no proper training. I think there’s going to be more of everything but exactly how it turns out we’ll all have to just wait and see. the fax machine. You must let me cook for you again. I’ve worked at The Echo for three years. But he wasn’t ugly. Though I’m a bit hungry. The future of television isn’t just the future of television. no. Well. *** I felt I really knew him. Please sit down. It was fun. I like you. the computer.

Ana Pero si hablas muy bien. Trevor So air travel won’t be just for the rich? Will ordinary people go to places like. Mike Well. Alberto I’d love to. Oh. Thanks. How stupid! I’d never thought of that. What? In Spain. an eighty-five year old man from Spain who has only spoken –Esperanto for the last thirty years has just completed a course . because you are not a resident. I am terribly sorry. I’ve had such a busy day that I haven’t had a chance to sit down. sir. He never listens to me. I’m late. I’m afraid I can’t serve you. sir. Louise I was interviewing Alberto. I told the manager. Right. Juan Sorry? I didn’t quite catch that. called That’s English! Have you heard of That’s English!? Louise No Alberto I did the course for three years. Here is the news from the BBC in London. Because of the licensing laws in this country. Trevor. I have just signed a major contract with a company here. Louise Yes. no. we pronounce it paella … Never mind. What have you got? Well. Trevor.º But I am a resident. sir … Well done. I’m terribly sorry. Jilly Good for you! I like happy endings. Oh. as I was leaving. Louise I’m going to a party tonight. Some what? Some paella – you know. what was so special about the new plane. Mike Oh. Perhaps you’d like to come. Spain? Anna That’s right. well. Alberto Ana is very keen to learn English. News from the past Trevor Good evening. let’s see. Alberto That’s good. Louise I must be going. B PAELLA AND CHIPS Making yourself understood Juan Hello! Oh. yes. and there’s some paella. We haven’t had bitter here for two days. Just the other day … Well. Trevor And what does this mean for the future? Anna Well. I’m not really hungry. But the main news story is that Boeing have launched a new jet airliner. I did a course on TV. I’m afraid the bar’s closed. Juan Ah. please. As a result. I think flying is going to be so cheap that even ordinary people like you will be able to go abroad for holidays. Louise. Ana Hello. Anna Pilkington. but he didn’t do anything about it. I’m afraid I can’t serve you. it’s going to bring down the price of international travel. But then. Louise Yes. Jilly So it’s a happy ending.Louise My tailor is rich!? Alberto Yes! then I started working very hard at my English. cottage pie and chips. As a result. The new Boeing 707 heralds a new age of travel. Juan Mike Juan Mike Juan Mike Juan Mike Juan Mike Juan Mike Juan Mike Juan Voiceover Mike Juan Mike Juan Mike this hotel is only allowed to sell drinks to residents. but she didn’t do the That’s English! course. But I would like my pint of lager. Trevor Well. I asked our science reporter. I’ll just have a pinto of lager then … Anything to eat? Well. Do you have bitter? I’d like a bitter. I went to classes. Mike But I’m afraid I can’t serve you a drink. At your service. Louise I like listening to you. Oh. um. yes. Olé! And finally. The headlines. Alberto Bueno. I used every opportunity I could find to speak to English people. Paella. You mean paella. and the man who stopped speaking Esperanto. we’re going out tomorrow night to celebrate. Alberto Estaba practicando. Welsh rarebit … and chips. I’m afraid the bitter’s off. Alberto said that Ana was his sister. but … Mike Because of the licensing laws in this country. Mike I cannot serve you. The bar is now closed. Ana I no speak English. Juan I hope you’re open. but I still have plenty to learn. congratulations. sir. Mike I’m sorry? Juan I’m exhausted! It’s been a very tiring day! … But it’s been worth it. good idea. Room 205. but … Ana Alberto … Alberto Ana. Jilly Oh. Cornish pasty and chips. Trevor. I’ve had such a busy day that I haven’t had a chance to sit down … I said. *** Louise Even when this woman had walked into the room. it’s a rice dish with chicken and seafood. Do you have San Miguel? San what? Is that English beer? No. she finds it a little difficult here in England. Anna Well. we are open … Juan Good. quite simply the new Boeing 707 can carry more passengers and can travel faster than any other passenger plane. What would you like? I’d like a beer. I still had the feeling that this was true love – I’d never had that feeling before. This is Louise. please. we’ve got scampi and chips.

Excuse me. So I will sing of course a lot in Spanish. We argue with the Ministry of Education about quite a few things … and … well. I’d really like to learn to speak Italian as well. You miss so much if you can’t understand the other person’s language. or. That’s one of the good things about working in a team … Sara (VO) A bit of silence. Ramón. What exactly do you do? Well. That’s all the news from the BBC in London.. pleasant. It’s called That’s English! He said that his life had been rather lonely. our director. linguistic adviser. Sara (VO) Carmen Echevarría Sara (VO) Carmen Echevarría Excuse me. no. Elisa. even if the music is universal. They worked hard … and argued quite often. business. director. video editor. to match the music. We were responsible for the third programme in each unit. you need the phrases in English. From the archive Julio Do you know how is English important in music today. Good night. Ireland and the USA … Even though. All You’re the boss!! Come on! …!! . A great team! Congratulations! And this is us. And this is the team of teachers from the Spanish Ministry of Education who design and control the course. I think it’s very important. so he is absolutely delighted with That’s English! and looks forward to a bright and prosperous future. And this is the team that made the revision programmes in Madrid. charming team. I have become the Tarantino of educational TV. there’s our favourite man. it’ll be very important for people to have at least one other foreign language. Joking apart. ‘The man who would be king’.. and there is music in English that you cannot sing in Spanish in the way that. We coordinate all the materials. Manolo. producer. What were the funniest moments? The funniest moment? The discussions when we didn’t agree. ‘the perfect student’. please.to learn English. Elvira. because I have something else to tell them in music. ‘the endless smile’. what we do is we coordinate the work of BBC and Spanish television. He said today that English is the international language of the future. I’ve become an expert in … I don’t know … Martial Arts? I have worked so hard with the books that now I could become an editor. yes I do. since it was difficult to find people to talk to in Esperanto. assistant coordinator. ‘the quiet man’. Christopher I think with the expansion of the European Union. What was the most difficult thing in the programme? To make everybody involved in That’s English! agree. Mr Cornish Yes. Adiós! Street interviews Mrs Simpson Oh. I have. I love this machine. really. He added that more and more people from the world of politics. Tamsen I think it’s very important to learn to speak foreign languages. we ended up filming in a park. Quique. on some occasions. Javier Cerame Rafael Fernández Nuria Cambronero Ángel Nieto Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Gary (VO) Sara (VO) Sara (VO) Fernando Mateos Gary (VO) Fernando Mateos Gary (VO) Fernando Mateos DOCUMENTARY Gary (VO) That’s English! was created here. Come on. After working here. scriptwriter. I’m now a real computer addict. I’m not the Echevarría boss. Our documentaries took us all over the United Kingdom. scriptwriter. particularly one from Europe. An efficient. but I will have a part of the show will be in English. programme coordinator. science and medicine are using the English language to communicate with each other. Mila. Mr Mateos. the team from Televisión Española. directing one of the documentaries … Assisted by a teacher from the Spanish Ministry of Education who controlled the level of English. because the beat is there and it’s made for the English lyrics. What’s your name? My name is Carmen Echevarría. Who’s the boss? Carmen I’m the boss . ‘Pygmalion’. assistant director. mate! Is there anything you can’t say? I have to tell you a secret. in French. It’s everything all over the world. We argue with the Spanish television about the programmes. not really. I think we ought to teach our children at a much earlier age to learn a foreign language. I have to tell them that I’ve learned something a little more in my music. as they say in Spain. or when I will be in France. Carlos. You never pay attention to what I say. Mrs Cornish Yes. I speak French and German and I’m learning to speak Spanish too. I think it is very important. Miguel Ángel. Fernando. So I don’t think that I’ve got to do all the show in Spanish because I would feel uncomfortable. That way you can communicate all over the world. Oh. Unfortunately I haven’t had much time to study and I had to ask a friend to write this for me. we argue with the BBC about the programmes and the book.