Robin Buss's pick of the week
The cameras follow nine disadvantaged young people from a Prince's Trust Sound Live course as they prepare to perform in front of an audience at Earls Court in the 2005 Urban Music Festival. They are encouraged by a visit from the Prince of Wales himself, and by advice from singer Craig David, producer Trevor Horn and other leading figures in the music industry. If nothing else, the documentary should show aspiring 14 to 19-year-olds that it's tough at the top.
CLEMENTINEISABELSUSANNE. BBC2, Thursday, October 20, 2-6am; Friday, October 21, 2-4am
Three young ladies would like to make friends with young British teenagers. Clementine is 16, pretty and French. She is preoccupied with the usual things that interest girls of her age: her family, who can sometimes get on her nerves, her school work and her boyfriend. She has a slightly irritating voice and a habit of talking direct to camera, but otherwise is fun to be with. Her cousin Isabel is Spanish and Susanne is German. All three will give valuable help in listening comprehension and oral work to pre-GCSE students in their respective languages.
There is lots of authentic French, too, for those starting the GCSE course, in Quinze Minutes Plus, an eight-part series of documentaries which covers the main topics for the oral - greetings, everyday life and family - showing on Wednesday night from 2-4am. This series is notable for its use of speakers from Guadeloupe as well as from France, giving students a chance to glimpse life in another part of the Francophone world. It is followed by Vingt Minutes, a series for pupils in the last years of the GCSE French course, which describes the experiences of an English boy on an exchange visit. More French, too, on Friday night: this is modern-language week at the BBC.
LET'S WRITE A STORY. BBC2, Monday, October 17, 10.50-11.50am
It's not as easy as it sounds, especially if you're seven to nine years old. So Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson are on hand, in these three 20-minute programmes, to help Danny with the beginning, the middle and the end. To start with, you need an idea (where do those come from?). Then you have to develop it: Jacqueline Wilson shows Danny how. And, finally, Danny wonders if endings are really important - and finds out why when he misses the last part of a television programme. End of story.
CHILDREN IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR. BBC2, Tuesdays, October 18 and November 8, 10.50-11.10am
Children will easily identify with the aspects of their contemporaries during the Second World War featured in these two outstanding programmes for primary history; the most remarkable thing about both films is that they deal sympathetically not only with children in Britain but also in Germany. Each starts with four photographs and then develops the themes illustrated by them through eyewitness testimony, archive film and dramatised reconstruction.
PRIMARY INTERNET CHAT GUIDE. BBC2, Thursday, October 20, 11.30-11.40am
How 7 to 11-year-olds can stay safe while having fun on the Net.
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