TTA Confidential

14th November 1997 at 00:00
I went to see LA Confidential the other night. Preceding the film was a Teacher Training Agency advert featuring David Attenborough's teacher, extolling the virtues of teaching. It was glossy and clever, very 1950s' Britain and very cosy.

But I was keen to see the film. Wonderful stuff. The Los Angeles police department in the 1950s - a nightmare world of murder, corruption, drugs, violence, pornography and racism. What unimaginable pressures there were on the young police officer! What stresses! Half-way though the film there was a street scene with a billboard in the background. On the billboard there was a glossy recruitment poster advertising the LAPD, with a photo of a reassuringly friendly officer and words inviting people to join this proud profession . . .

ROBIN PEEL School of Humanities Cultural Interpretation University of Plymouth, Devon

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today