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Teenagers were creatures who looked like adults yet had the minds of children, like professional footballers do today. Cunt on Britain s1e4, BBC 2018
I think Jesus was probably an awkward teenager. Bill Maher, Religulous
I didn’t really blossom until my mid-teens, and by that time I had to work on my personality to make people like me. I found it easy to make people laugh and I was always pretty popular. Eva Longoria
Particularly with teenagers because let’s face it they’re not as careful as say we would be. You know what I mean, they don’t think, do they? They’ve got a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other, you know and they’re having a bit of a dance and the next thing you know it’s cigarette on your carpet and stubbed out. Play For Today: Abigail’s Party, written and directed Mike Leigh, starring Alison Steadman ***** Beverly to Sue, with Angela & Tony, BBC 1977
By the early sixties there were about five million teenagers. Melvyn Bragg on Class and Culture II, BBC 2012
Then a new set of working class dandies emerged – the Mods ... Their main aim was to have a good time. They were energetic but frustrated too, and were looking for a way to say so. ibid.
So exactly why the fuck do we Americans get so fucking uptight about teens having sex with each other. Penn & Teller, Bullshit! s8e4, Showtime 2010
In Nevada the heterosexual age of consent is sixteen; but you have to be eighteen to have gay sex. ibid.
If you’re fifteen and take a picture of your own naked body you are a child pornographer. ibid.
Gay teens get exposed to all kinds of vicious hatred all the time. ibid.
Am I bovvered? Am I bovvered though. But I’m not bovvered though. Not bovvered though. Yeah, but am I bovvered? Are you talking about my family? Are you disrespecting my family? Are you disrespecting my family though? Are you ignoring my family? Are you ignoring my family though? But do I care? (Family & Teenager) The Catherine Tate Show series I, Lauren and teacher
Are you disrespecting my family? Are you disrespecting my family though? You’re disrespecting my family. Are you calling my mum a prostitute? Are you calling my dad an alcoholic? But I ain’t even bovvered though. I ain’t bovvered though. The Catherine Tate Show s2e2, Lauren in cafeteria, BBC 2004
’Cause each night I ask
The stars up above
Why must I be
A teenager in love? Pomus & Schuman et al, Teenager in Love
As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you. Fran Lebowitz
The teenager seems to have replaced the Communist as the appropriate target for public controversy and foreboding. Edgar Friedenberg, The Vanishing Adolescent
Teenagers complain there’s nothing to do, then stay out all night doing it. Bob Phillips
‘They are anti-war, and they love everybody, and their sexual lives have become freer. The kids are looking for something else, or some different moral value.’ Mick Jagger, cited Arena: 1966 – Thirty Years Ago Today: The Year the Decade Exploded, BBC 2016
What’s it like to be young and find out you’ve got cancer? … What we can learn from them … Teenage bloodymindedness. Horizon: Teenagers v Cancer: A User’s Guide, BBC 2018
There are currently 28 dedicated teenage cancer trusts like this across the country. ibid.
Relations are the frostiest since the Cold War. But this hasn’t stopped an army of young Siberian models invading the West. And while the catwalk and magazines demand for these girls grow, I’m here where it all starts: at the castings. The dream starts young, very young: with thousands of Russian children starting model training almost as soon as they can walk. But there’s a darker side to the dream. So I’m going to find out just what it takes to make it in the West. Reggie Yates, Extreme Russia s1e3: Teen Model Factory, BBC 2015
The journey from Siberia to super-model is a long one. ibid.
Remember when we were young: that summer, that one last dance, that one last day of childhood before we had to grow up. How do you capture that moment for ever? Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema III, BBC 2018
The perfect coming of age movie … The best of them capture the authentic feeling of growing up … a distinctive time and setting; a young hero trying to find his place in the world; a father figure; a first crush; a gang of buddies; moment of fun and the music to go along with it; and lost innocence. ibid.
The Wild One … Jeremy … Boyz n the Hood … The 400 Blows … Rebel Without a Cause … Lady Bird … The Breakfast Club … Moonlight … Gregory’s Girl … The Graduate … Kes … Persepolis … Saturday Night Fever … American Graffiti … Pretty in Pink … Boyhood … This is England … Fish Tank … American Honey … The Florida Project … Ratcatcher … Stand By Me … Blackboard Jungle … Quadrophenia … Donnie Darko … Bend It Like Beckham … Let Me In … Dead Poets Society … Billy Elliott … The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie … Mustang … Romeo & Juliet … A Clockwork Orange … Girlhood … Almost Famous … Clueless … Mean Girls … Heathers … Ginger Snaps … Raw … Submarine … The Virgin Suicides … Call Me By Your Name … Girls Lost … ibid.
More and more schoolchildren are speaking out about sexual abuse by other children. New figures show an alarming rise in the number of cases reported to the police. Panorama: Who’s Protecting our Kids? Mariella Frostrup reporting, BBC 2021
Teenage vaping is on the rise. Are vapes intended to get adults off smoking creating a new generation of nicotine addicts? Are some vaping companies deliberately targeting children? Panorama: Teenage Vaping: What’s the Harm? BBC 2023
Vapes first arrived in the UK nearly twenty years ago. Since then millions of people have tried them. ibid.
According to a recent independent review children’s social care is at breaking point. And with the cost of living crisis, things are only going to get worse … I’ll be meeting teenagers all over England to find out what growing up in care is really like. Joe Swash: Teens in Care, BBC 2023