The L8R Youngers characters are now aged 14, and these episodes deal with the risks and causes of alcohol abuse, as well as the impact of poverty, sexuality and social media.
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Here he is!
You all right, Mum?
I am now!
-All right, Aunty Pat?
He looks white as a sheet.
-No, he don't. He looks lovely.
-Oh, there you are.
-Come on, then.
Give your brother a cuddle.
You all right, big man?
Let's all have a drink. Come on.
All the things I want, I got right here. Cos I got my family back.
Right, come on, boys, bed.
We'll do the clearing up in the morning.
Come on, then.
Let's sort this place out.
Have a little bedtime beer first.
Here, let me have one of them.
When did you get the flavour, then?
Go on, then.
Don't let her know, though. She'll go mad.
Oi! Hold your hand out.
-Hold your hand out.
Joe, what's happening with your brother an' all that?
-Thought he come back home.
Hey, shut up, man, yeah?
He's home, so...who cares?
-You know Donovan's brother? He's got a party tonight, man.
So let's crash it. You can come to mine first and have some drinks.
Yeah? Like last time?
Come on, man. What else are you going to do?
It's Friday night, yeah? Come on, then.
What you doing?
What's it look like?
Playing the violin(!)
A-hem! You going to go to the off-licence for me
and get, get drink, yeah?
Come on, man. You're living in my room again. You owe me.
What? You think I do deliveries now?
Why are you drinking, anyway?
I'll do one of your stupid forms.
Hold your hand out.
Come on, it's a new one. Hold your hand out.
-Oh, yeah, let's take the drinks and go, man.
-No, wait there, man.
I thought we were going to this party.
That's nasty, man.
What you talking about? You've probably never even had it.
-Oh, and you have?
-Joe, I'm going to make a move.
-Joe, come on.
Wait there, I'll get you another drink.
He always does this!
What you doing?
Why are you touching me for?
What you saying, little man?
What did you spill your drink on me for?
ALL SHOUT AT ONCE
Come on, Joe, man, we've got to go.
I ain't going anywhere, man.
I've got to go home, man, before my dad starts screaming on the phone.
-We can't just leave him here!
-Just go home, bunch of mugs!
-Come on, man, let's just leave.
-All right, Joe, come.
'Where are you?'
I dunno. I just got off a bus.
'Mum's going mad.'
I've been sick. Um...can you come and get me?
Right, go on, you go straight up to bed and I'll talk to Mum.
Yeah, I'm outside.
Oh, mate, my head is banging!
I was so drunk!
Oh, yeah. Um...you want to go out tonight?
And do what?
I don't know. Like...them boys from the party,
going out with them.
Why would I want to hang out with them?
Mate, you was an idiot last night...again!
You chat to Mark, he'll tell you the exact same thing.
Yeah? I was drunk!
That's what happens when you get drunk. I know this.
You start a fight and then you're puking up your guts in the street.
-And then you turn on us!
-What do you mean?
See? You don't even remember!
How long you been back, Matthew?
Not even 48 hours you're back here
and you start springing your little surprises!
Huh! That's a surprise to me an' all.
All this booze stashed under your brother's bed?
It's not even your room, it's your brother's room!
I don't want him turning into you.
Joe, go up to your room. I'll clear this up.
I won't have it. I've worked too hard.
You can't stay here if you're starting all this again.
You didn't grass about me keeping that stuff up there.
No, it's not about thank you.
Why are you keeping all that drink, anyway?
I just want to have a laugh. It's not every night.
Well, how long's it been going on?
I-I dunno. How do I know?
Since you went, who cares, anyway?
You ain't using me as an excuse for all that.
Joe, I can't look out for you all the time.
Why you drinking like that? You're 14, you don't need it.
You don't even care about me!
-You don't care. You never did.
That's why you got yourself put in prison.
I'm just always on my own all the time.
And Mum's always at work. You don't know how it is.
And give me your hand.
Give us your hand, come on.
See this? See that?
That's your lifeline.
And that means you're going to live long.
IF you look after yourself.
I'm here, Joe.
I promise you.
But you've got to man up, as well.
And we've got to go back in there and tell Mum it was your booze.
Oh, my days! The stuff in here is so nice!
D'you know what I mean?
Shame the prices aren't nice, though.
Maybe you're just too budget.
Oh, come on, let's go.
I'm sorry, Officer. It won't happen again.
Talk to us, Julie.
-It-it's so silly!
For a little thing like that. I could've made you one, Julie!
I just wanted one from the shop.
Let's have some tea.
I'm not hungry.
You should eat something, darling.
I don't want the same old stupid food every night!
Dad, I can't print.
Oh, sorry. I forgot to tell you, it's out of ink.
Let me get you a memory stick, you can print it off from school.
It's OK, I've got one.
I'll get you a cartridge.
When I can.
Can I print off these two pages, please?
I haven't got any money.
I really need it for school. It's only two pages.
I'll do anything.
What d'you mean by anything?
I'll take care of this.
There you go, babe. Work hard.
Is there anything I can do to pay you back?
-What age are you, 12?
Well, come and see me after school.
I'm Val from the salon.
I might need a bit of extra help clearing up.
OK, Year Nine.
I'll have your assignments in a pile over here on my desk, please, guys.
-Oh, no. What's she stolen now(?)
I've got you down for the trip, but I've not had all the money from you.
Oh. Um...sorry, sir.
No, it's OK.
Speak to your mum and dad tonight and get me the money tomorrow.
What's going on?
What d'you mean?
Well, yesterday, you started shoplifting.
Just leave it, Shanice.
Why aren't you going on the trip?
-Is everything OK?
-Of course everything's OK.
Oh, hi, babe. Come on over.
-What's your name?
Look, let's get you started.
Hang your coat up and put your bag under the rack.
Let me introduce you to your new best friend, the broom.
Basically, what I want you to do is to sweep the floor for me, OK?
So as I'm cutting, you sweep up all the hair. OK, let's go.
There's a geography trip after half-term,
but they need the rest of the money tomorrow.
I'll have a word with your mum.
We'll see what we can do.
OK, guys, I'll see you next week.
This is the money for the geography trip.
Is it OK if I bring the rest tomorrow?
Oh, I've spoken to the head of year and school can help,
so you can come along and not be worried.
Sir, I'll bring the rest tomorrow.
You've got great friends and we're all here to support you.
Shanice? What did you say to Abbot?
Why did you even think about doing that?
Whatever's going on in my life has nothing to do with you.
It's none of your business!
-There you go.
Tell you what, if you have a minute,
-I'll take a look at your hair now if you like.
Did Mum cut your hair for you last time, babe?
Well, let's see if I can do even better.
-You should have it short.
-I didn't know if you were going to come.
Well, you text me, so...
Can you wait for me and then we'll go back to mine?
-Because it's old.
You think you can make a living selling rubbish on the internet!
Don't start on that now.
Oh, and your daughter's started working, in case you hadn't noticed!
-I try to do something, at least!
-Well, try harder!
You need to get a job!
Get any job! I've had enough of it!
You think I haven't?!
I think the washing machine's broken now.
You don't have to say sorry.
My parents argue all the time.
Mine didn't use to.
Look...my first pay.
Do you think I should give it to them?
What? No! It's your money, you earned it!
I know, but I can help.
They can't afford to pay the bills.
Oh! Tomorrow's going to be geeks!
Yeah. We're geeks.
How many times have I got to tell you? We're geek-chic!
It's a geek-chic science fair.
-Those are the boys from the party.
-They were chasing Ray.
-That's Julian's mate.
-You should call Julian.
-'Oh, man! Ray got beat up bad.
'I mean, what's that about? He's just a sweet guy. He's harmless!
'It's messed up, man.'
Is he going to be OK?
'I can't have it. I can't. I should do something.'
-Julian, you can't! You'll cause more trouble.
-'But he's my boy!'
My parents are out.
Just...get away from it.
Are you OK?
Yeah, I'm all right.
This is Julian.
Darling, have you got the keys? I just...
Would you like a lift home?
Er...no, fine...I'm fine, thanks.
-When you get home.
It's a science fair, not a club night out. Go and get changed.
But I'm meeting my mates first. What's the problem?
-Put some jeans on.
I'm going to be late now!
KNOCK AT DOOR
That boy seemed very nice last night.
Mum, we don't need to talk about it now.
We can talk about it when I need to.
You're only 14.
Oh, my God! Julian, last night...!
-No, no, no, no. Listen!
We fall asleep on the sofa and the next thing I know,
my parents come back early.
# Shanice and Julian sitting in a tree...#
Ooo! She's loose, man!
What are you watching?
What are you watching?
Relax, girls, it's just a sex thing.
-Yeah, it's a sexy thing!
Yo, that was dirty, man!
-You going to try that with Shanice?
Show some respect.
Send it over, you waste man.
I like that girl, yeah. My bro sent this to you.
-Oh, my God, that's Rachel.
-She lives down my street.
-Oh, my days!
What a slag!
-Those boys were just laughing at her.
So what? She got drunk, she got stupid.
They just...took advantage.
Now, first you're going to tell me
which is A blood group and which is AB, OK?
-How's it going over here?
-Well, it looks good.
I'll wait for you.
Yes, scientist! So, how was it?
It was good.
Er...listen, on Wednesday, my mum's going to college,
so she won't be back until around about 7:00.
Come round if you want and I'll make you something to eat.
Listen, you don't have to say anything now,
just think about it, all right?
Anyway, tell me about...
I can show the report, that's if you want to go.
Oh, my gosh, science club. No, that settles that.
We have to report back about today.
Julian won't give up, you know.
He's got to prove himself to his mates.
It doesn't mean you have to have sex with him.
-Want to see my new ones?
Why have you got so many of Ray?
Oh, my gosh!
You can't tell anyone about this.
-As if I would.
-I mean it!
Look what happened to him, getting chased like that.
But that wasn't because he's...
You don't know.
If you want to talk, I'm here.
-Smells fresh in here.
What are you doing?!
I thought that's what you wanted!
-What am I, your little porn movie?
-You going to film me and send it around?
-Course not! Come back!
-Oi, Friv, what you doing? Friv?
-Hey, let me see Shanice, man.
I swear you got last night in here, innit? Hey, let me see that!
Hey, you lot, relax, man. What he done last night is on him.
It's none of our business.
-Next time, I want to see more skin.
-Relax, man, chill out.
I'm really sorry about what happened last night.
You've shown them my photo?
Of course not. It's... They're just being silly.
Why do you have to do what they do, anyway?
I'm not like them, Shanice. Not at all. They're just waste, man.
-I really do like you.
I don't know what I feel about you.
-I just need to go.
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Joe's brother TB returns home just in time to rescue his sibling. Why is Joe drinking alcohol? He's only 14. Does he really know what he's doing when he causes chaos at an older kid's party, alienating his friend Chaz? When Joe's mum discovers a stash of booze under the bed and blames TB, things come to a head.
Julie has always seemed a serious and conscientious girl, so what possesses her to steal a scrunchie from an accessories shop? Things are not as comfortable at home as it seems. Her parents cannot pay the bills. Fired with her usual quiet determination, Julie gets a job. But then what does she do with her earnings? Should she give them to her parents to help out?
Shanice is going out with an older boy, Julian. They like each other. But some of his mates just see her as fodder for their sexting games. Is this why Julian is putting pressure on her for sex? Shanice's friend Marcus says Julian wants to prove himself to his mates. Only Marcus can say this to her - they are close enough for him to almost talk to her about his own sexuality. In the end Shanice has a decision to make about Julian. Which way will she go? L8R Youngers 3 picks up from the two previous series, both of which won Baftas. The characters are now 14 and in Year 9. They are multi-ethnic, lively, funny, street, serious, and stuck with all the problems and pleasures of growing up. The challenges of adolescence are all around, and they meet them with their usual mixture of savvy, honesty and humour.
The three episodes deal with the risks and causes of alcohol abuse, the impact and stigma of poverty, sexuality and the pressure to have sex for both girls and boys, as well as sexting and the impact of social media.