This article looks at the forgotten history of a television programme on venereal disease for teenagers broadcast in the United Kingdom (excluding Scotland) in 1973. It was produced by BBC Schools and Colleges and deemed to be very successful. The production was one of a trio of programmes entitled ‘Health Hazards’, from the series Twentieth Century Focus, which reflected issues relevant to teenagers over a period of social change from the 1960s to the 1970s. The archive record is lean on schools programming and this programme is very well documented from concept to delivery, representing a discrete, but ephemeral, intervention into 1970s sex educational broadcasting. This research contributes something new about public health and sexual education in the period immediately before AIDS.

Media Studies, Medical Humanities, History of Television, television (TV), sex education, venereal disease (VD), sexual transmitted diseases (STDs), teenagers, health education, schools’ television, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
dx.doi.org/10.18146/view.239
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VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 9, No 18 (2020): Tele(visualizing) Health; 23 - 36

Saward, Angela. (2020). Television, Teenagers and VD: An Insight into the Advisory Process behind Schools and Colleges’ Broadcasting in the Early 1970s in the UK. VIEW Journal, 9(18), 23–36. doi:10.18146/view.239