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Latchkey Children, The

THOSE DEPENDABLE boys down at Euston Road had two pops at this, the first a two-parter under the BOOKS TO ENJOY banner of adaptations. “A group of children, living in blocks of flats near the Thames Embankment, discover that their favourite tree is in one of the playgrounds attached to the flats is to be removed by the Council workmen. In its place they plan to construct a “simulated locomotive.” The children organise a protest meeting.” Ten years later came a six-part series of this blusterous statement about failing inner-cities peopled with ethnically diverse lanky teens whose parents were never home and who stole cars in-between kicking dirt off a thousand unwashed kerbstones. Good intentions perhaps inevitably compromised by endless finger-pointing, and crap acting.

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