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I know the way now, you know. Everyone else comes in on their own.
Yeah, but do you know kids around this area? No?
Exactly, and they don't know you. Ten past three, yeah?
What an unexpected pleasure.
When you were a student here, we hardly saw you, did we, Matthew?
See you later.
Right, guys, how was yesterday?
ALL CHORUS: Fine.
Whoa, don't sound too enthusiastic(!)
Joe Brimmer, how was yesterday for you?
-Right, well, who is looking forward to my art class later today, then?
Joe won an award for art, Miss.
Really? That's good to know! We'll have to put him to the test.
OK, on the housekeeping front, remember I'll be looking for class reps from next week,
if you're thinking of putting yourself forward for that, OK?
-OK, you guys have a lovely morning
and I'll see you back here at ten to two.
That is ten to two, back here.
Oi, boys, you want a game?
-Oi, look how much grass they got here, man!
-Look at the goal down there.
Look, let's see who's got skills out of you lot. Come on.
I see the other day, man. Year 7 got no talent, or what?
What are you talking about, man? Year 7 got loads of talent!
I swear that's TB's younger, innit.
Yes, gangsta. All right, let me get TB younger out here.
You must have some skills, innit.
- Hey, Glasses, get on my team, man. - Shorty, come.
THEY ALL CALL FOR THE BALL
-Why did he do that, man?
Pick me out, just cos he knows about my brother?
Don't worry about it, man.
THEY ALL CALL FOR THE BALL
Go on, Joe, go on, Joe!
Yes, TB Younger!
-Oi, Joe, we've got to make a move, mate. It's nearly the bell.
-Nah, make a move out here, man.
Let's go, boys.
See you later, Joe.
Do you want to use this?
Oh, yeah, then I'll look like I wet myself too.
-We've got that Drew guy, English. I can't go to his class looking like this.
-You'll be all right.
I'll try and get it cleaned. Tell Miss Khan, yeah?
Excuse me, do you know where Mr Drew's room is?
Go down the corridor, past the door, go right, then right,
then right again,
then go past the other door, then jump out the window.
Then jump up and down three times, then call your mum.
Are you all right, mate? Are you lost?
What class have you got?
Yeah, Drew. Go straight down, up the stairs one floor, second door on the left.
You'll be all right, mate, OK? Hurry up.
Right, Year 7, you've all got a copy of the extracts,
so I'm going to ask you to read it, in silence, for ten minutes.
Then I'll ask you some questions afterwards, so you're really going to need to concentrate, all right?
OK, you can make a start.
-What's that word say?
Ladies and gents in the middle, I won't warn you again.
Mr Brimmer Junior!
Why are you walking into my lesson late?
-Had a wee accident, did we?
-THEY ALL LAUGH
Got lost, all right?
I got lost.
Joe, why did he do that for?
-He's being an idiot cos he knows about my brother.
-You're coming in late already - bad man.
Yeah, gangsta, TB Younger, innit!
Shut up, man!
-Do you know who this is?
-Year 7, what is all this noise?!
-Joe Brimmer, you come here now.
-I beg your pardon.
-It wasn't me, sir.
-It weren't him, sir!
-I see you're recruiting little friends already.
-Is everything OK here?
You will all leave my classroom in an orderly manner, OK?
Off you go.
What was all that about? Everywhere I go, people think I'm my brother.
What do I do?
What do I do about Mr Drew?
Finish your breakfast, Shanice, it's nearly eight.
What lessons have you got today?
I dunno, science?
-You are making an effort there?
Shanice, we went to a lot of effort to get you into that school.
Don't let all that be for nothing.
First impressions is a last impression.
Mum, it's early, you know.
I told you, innit, they let us do practicals.
Shut up, you're going to wet yourself.
OK, guys, remember, you have to record everything you do here today.
All right? Because you're going to need it for your homework.
Yep, I know.
Don't this man know that we've got lives?
This? It is baby stuff.
I swear we don't do stuff like cut up hamsters till Year 9.
They make us dissect hamsters?
Yeah. Are you going to donate yours for the cause?
OK, once all the solution's been filtered,
pass the flask onto someone else in your group.
They're going to place it in the evaporating dish.
Very, very careful with that dish, OK. Tongs and towels.
Shanice? Dare you to touch that.
Shut up, man, you touch it!
-Oh, you're shook, aren't you, yeah?
-Is this a shook face?
-Careful, you'll get burned.
-"Careful, you'll get burned."(!)
Don't listen to Save The Animals over there. Just do it!
Shanice, is that what we call responsible behaviour?
No, it's not. Why did we spend last lesson talking about health and safety for you to go and do that?
Right, over here, please.
You can sit the rest of the experiment out.
(She's so naughty!)
-Why have you moved my computer?
-Don't start, Shanice.
I just want to see how working down here goes.
No, you just want to keep an eye on me.
I've seen you upstairs -
headphone on one ear, mobile on the other,
-music blaring away...
-I work better when I'm listening to music, though.
You can still listen - upstairs.
Oh, you're treating me like a baby.
Look, I just want you to focus.
You're in secondary now.
Being able to study properly at home is part of the deal.
-Why should I bother with homework, no-one else does?!
I'm so tired, I had to record all the soaps
cos the science homework took me literally forever.
So you didn't watch EastEnders?
Don't worry, I won't tell you what happened.
Cos you never saw it, cos it was on way past your bedtime.
Bet my girl Shanice didn't do that stupid assignment.
I did. I-I just didn't finish it.
Well, we all know what I was doing last night -
Shanice, wait. Shanice, wait!
Did you really not finish your homework?
OK, Year 7, I want to collect your homework now, please.
Quick as you can.
Shanice, I beg you, don't give yours in.
I don't want to be the only one.
Just this one time, yeah?
Shall I give it in or not?
I mean, it's only homework, not worth making enemies over.
But what will my mum say?
What should I do?
THEY TALK AMONGST THEMSELVES
-Joe, man, how you doing?
I ain't seen you for ages. When we playing football, man?
Football's dead now, man, come chicken shop after school.
Yeah? Yeah, I swear, that's where all the girls are.
-Yeah, that Melissa...
-After school, yeah?
-All right, cool.
-See you around, man.
-See you later, man.
I'm so wavy I'm like a sailor.
No, that was dead. You're weak, bruv.
Eli, go again.
-# Lyrics so sloppy, like a milkshake
# Better go fishing your lyrics so bait... #
What? Come on, man.
I got live bars.
-Wait, hold on, man.
-Who is it?
Supposed to meet my friend in the chicken shop, man.
I supposed to meet him at the chicken shop,
I told him I'd be there.
Let's just go, man, don't worry, I'll call him later.
You all right?
Yesterday, my mum was asking too many questions.
-She got worried and that, yeah?
Yeah, my mum was like, "Take off your shoes!"
Wait till you meet his mum, man.
My mum can throw shoes around corners, man.
Hey, what's happening, man?
I thought we was meant to be going to the chicken shop.
-You know, I forgot about that, man.
Just come jam with these guys, innit?
Yeah, come on, Joe.
No, man, I better be going, anyway.
I gotta do this thing for Drew. Catch you lot later, yeah?
See you, Joe.
-So what games you got?
-I got Fight Night...
So, yesterday, yeah?
I swear I didn't remember we was going out.
Yeah, all right.
Let's hang about lunchtime, yeah?
All right, cool.
-Oh, you all right?
-What's going on?
I was just saying about, do you remember when we versed Greendales?
-Yeah, the hat-trick you smacked in that game, man.
-Yeah, I did.
-So, what you doing after school?
We're going to the music club after school,
recording lyrics and that.
They've got live gear in there. You coming or what?
Come on, man, what you saying?
-What you saying, Joe?
-What you saying?
One minute, man! What's the matter with you?
I used to sit next to Joe every lesson,
but now there's new people, it's hard.
Do I hang out with them, or do I spend my time with Joe?
You know they don't even call it a classroom?
Yeah, they call it a studio.
It said on my timetable, "Drama Studio".
You Year 7s, watch where you're going, yeah?
OK, thank you, everyone. Chaz, Julie, off you go.
-You all right, Jules?
I was thinking, like,
do you want to go ice skating or something after school?
Well, my mum said I've got to go straight home, so...
-Cos I've got to do work.
Mate, why you giving us the shoulder for?
What, get the bus by ourselves all the way to the ice rink?
My mum would never let me do that.
Course she will. Secondary school now, you can do what you want.
No, I can't.
OK, let's leave it there, round of applause.
OK, thoughts, questions - what was going on there?
See the guy, yeah? He just wanted to do something with his friend,
but he was being bare keen.
Yeah, very good.
Julie, not sure what her mum's going to think,
so what can he do in that situation?
I think he should just let her go home,
because her mum's going to be well mad.
But like, the next day he should be like,
"What you doing at lunchtime?"
or, "What you doing after school?" or something like that.
OK, very good, excellent work, everyone, thank you.
What I want everyone to do is on your way out collect a script,
because next week we're going to be doing some written text.
-Sir, can we stay in the same pairs, please?
Yeah, that's fine.
OK, thank you, everyone, excellent work today.
Rremember, drama club on Wednesday and collect a script.
-Yes, mate, you smacked it.
All right, mate?
You all right?
-What you doing?
-Just some homework.
Look, you want to go and play football or something, yeah?
Have a kick around?
No, Dad, it's drama, I want to do it.
Oh, right, drama, eh?
-Well, go on, then, read us some.
Your drama, your acting bit, read some for us, go on.
-No, let's go to the park.
-All right, I'll get the footy, yeah?
But soft white light...
..from a window break...
From yonder window breaks.
..from yonder window breaks...
Oh, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
O, speak again, bright angle...
Listen, I'm better on my own.
Are you sure?
Well, I'll see you later, yeah?
OK, let's move straight on to Chas and Julie. Off you go.
But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
Oh, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?
It is the East and Juliet...
Is the sun.
..is the sun.
You are glorious tonight...
OK, no worries, guys.
All right, great lesson, everyone, thank you very much,
see you next time.
I was thinking, if you want any support with your reading,
then give me a shout, yeah? We're all here to help.
No, it's fine, sir, I've got to go to PE.
Well, you know where I am, yeah?
I love acting.
I really wanted to do it.
It's hard reading.
And when I have to do it in front of everyone else it's even worse.
What can I do?
What you talking about? Why don't you watch your own business?
My business? If I find any more drugs in this house then you're out!
-Do you understand me?
-You know what, I'm gone anyway!
Well go, then!
Go on, then, go!
Move, man, I'm gone!
-What do you want?
-Mum, I forgot my English homework.
Can you get it from my room and bring it in for me, please?
-What am I, a taxi service?
-You're as bad as him, you are. Take it in tomorrow.
Right, you will not all charge out at the sound of the bell,
you will pack your things away quietly and wait to be dismissed.
And thank you for your homework - those who've done it.
Mr Brimmer, a notable absence from my homework pile.
-Would you care to elaborate on that?
-I'm sorry, sir,
I did it, but I forgot it.
He did it, but he forgot it, ladies and gents.
I did do it, sir.
Now, the first two weeks of term I promised no detentions,
and I stood by that promise, did I not?
But you're not kids any more, are you, Mr Brimmer?
So, unless you can give me a good reason...
3.10 then, Mr Brimmer. Our first casualty, I'm afraid.
-It weren't even my fault.
I can't talk to him.
Go and see Miss Khan.
Yeah, cos she'll sort everything out(!)
Drew's just made up his mind about me.
Joe, where are you going?
Chaz? Where's Joe?
He was here at registration.
He's got a detention with Mr Drew, Miss.
Yeah, but it is not detention time now, is it?
-Where are you?
Where am I? Where are you, man?
-Why you ringing me for?
-I'm at the shopping centre.
Why ain't you in school? How'd you get out?
I went through the football pitch.
Are you really going to leave home?
-Stay where you are, man, I'll come find you.
Brought you a present.
Take that with you when you go back.
I don't want to go back, I hate it.
Just ignore him, forget him.
What happened between me and him's history.
You're better than that, Joe.
When are you going to make up with Mum?
Listen, just mind your own business about me and Mum.
You're lucky, mate, all you have to worry about is going to school.
-But you're not me, are you?
I don't want to go back, I hate it!
All right then, big man, I'll see you later.
If I go, you've got to promise to stay at home.
I just wanted to go out for a bit.
I didn't know where.
So I went to the shopping centre, but my brother, he took me back.
And did you tell Mr Drew about your brother, Joe?
And about why you forgot your homework?
He never liked my brother, either, Miss. He hated him.
OK, well, listen, I'm going to have a word with Mr Drew, OK?
I'll let him know what's been going on,
and then next week maybe you and I can get together again
and see how you're finding things, OK?
All right, Miss.
And, in the meantime, I don't want you to worry
about your brother, Joe.
And I don't want you to worry about Mr Drew.
Because you have a wonderful future waiting for you here at this school,
and I can help you make that happen.
KNOCK AT THE DOOR
-I've got the homework, sir.
My brother brought it in for me.
However...late means late.
And if everyone else can manage to bring it in on time
then why make an exception for you, eh?
Take a seat.
I don't want to be here.
School just causes problems.
My brother never went, why should I have to?
What should I do?
Watch your arms, please, Shanice.
OK, Year 7, that's enough for today.
Quietly back to the changing rooms, please.
What size bra are you wearing? Julie?
She ain't even going to need a bra till Year 12.
Year 7, what exactly is going on here?
-Is the school day over, Lauren?
No, it's not, is it?
So get changed in silence, is that clear?
Julie! Julie, wait!
That lot aren't our mates, so why worry about them?
Every day's the same. I hate them.
It's not you they're having a go at, Shanice, it's me.
Oh, shame! Are you looking forward to PE, Julie?
-Come on, we're going to see Miss Khan.
-Just leave it.
-You can't just leave it.
-It's only going to make it worse.
-Just leave it!
Quiet please, guys. Quiet.
Anyone seen Julie Parks?
Julie's changing in the toilets, Miss...
..because certain people were trying to bully her.
Shanice, could you go and find her for me, please?
Can I come in?
Are you OK?
What do you think?
It's all right to come back now, everyone's changed.
She'll be mad at me cos I'm late.
She won't be.
And they'll still be there.
Trust me, yeah?
Walk in with me and you'll be fine.
OK, come in and take a seat, girls, please.
Now, me and Julie have been having a chat about how she's feeling,
and Julie's not feeling very happy
when it comes to changing for PE at the moment,
but I think you guys know that, don't you?
Now, I want everyone to be happy at this school,
especially in my class, so that's why I've got you all together, OK?
Certain people are trying to bully Julie, Miss.
I don't want to know who's done what to who or who said what, OK?
I'm not going to take things further for now,
unless someone chooses to upset Julie again.
But what I do want to know is, who's going to support her?
Now, you don't have to get involved if you don't want to,
but I do want you to come and tell me if someone's upsetting her, OK?
-I'll help, Miss.
-Yeah, me as well.
Me too, Miss.
Oi, listen, yeah?
I'll help you sort out Lauren,
-and help you ask out Chaz, cos I know you love him.
But in return you've got to help me with my homework, yeah?
-Cos I'm not brainy like you.
-You don't need my help.
Is it a deal?
-Shanice, you want to come sweet shop with me?
-OK, calm yourself.
-Julie, you coming?
-No, I better go home.
All right, hugs, yeah?
You all right, Jules?
I told you it would be all right.
Do you think it'll work?
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Picking up from the success of the original Bafta Award-winning programme, L8R Youngers 2 takes Joe, Eli, Shanice, Julie, Chaz and their schoolfriends on a rollercoaster ride from primary to secondary school. The talented young cast are all new to television and their characters are 'real' because young people created them. They are multi-ethnic, lively, funny, street, serious and stuck with all the problems and pleasures of growing up. In the first part, our crew are 10 to 11 years old and still in primary school. They're on the cusp of adolescence and engaged with issues such as ethnicity and difference, understanding new feelings, the impact of problems at home, drugs awareness, friendships and first dating.
In the second part, they're 11 to 12 years old and making the transition to secondary school. Here, the thrill of finally getting to 'big school' is mixed with new and difficult realities, but a growing maturity means they learn to support each other and think about the future in new ways. The programme explores peer culture and peer pressure, changing teaching and learning styles and how they can impact on young people, homework, bullying and how to get support.
Exploring the formative move from primary to secondary school from the young person's point of view, these are their own stories, they speak directly, and sometimes they don't pull their punches.
L8R Youngers 2 is the latest addition to the multi award-winning L8R family of dramas. L8R and L8R Youngers awards include two Baftas, RTS and European Karlsruhe Awards.