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(1977 TV Movie)

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This is the original version made for the BBC but banned by them and never screened until 15 years later. The BBC said that they banned it because "There was too much incident packed into too short a time and that they doubted the veracity." So they thought it was pure fiction. But they also said that it "looked too much like a documentary."
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Ray Winstone's film debut.
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Alan Clarke and Roy Minton got the story remade as a feature film: Scum (1979).
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In the Roy Minton original Play of Scum, he had the Carlin character as a Glaswegian. He had Ray Winstone in both the TV and Cinema release for his way in which he "walked".
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Unusually, it was made on 16mm film when most BBC productions were still shot mostly on videotape.
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The game seen played in the sports hall is based on British Bulldog. In borstal it was known as 'murder-ball'.
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Banned from broadcast until shown on English television in 1991.
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The borstal location was an old, empty folks-home in Redhill, London.
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The rehearsals for the TV version were done in the, then, BBC's brand new rehearsal room.
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The (positive) press screening was held in London's Wardour Street, in Soho, after the producer and director had been recently told by the BBC that it was not to be aired on television.
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Had originally, in the script, two suicides but had one taken out to avoid repetition and it becoming too harrowing.
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Shot in the middle of winter.
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A lot of the extras who played inmates were from local youth clubs.
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The hunger strike riot was done in a single take.
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