Shot over the course of a year in Hackney, B Is For Book follows a group of primary schoolchildren as they take their first steps into the world of the written word.
From award-winning company Century Films and scored by award winning composer team Nainita Desai and Malcolm Laws, B Is For Book follows a group of primary schoolchildren as they learn to read, following each child as they take their first steps in to the world of the written word.
Filmed in an ordinary British school, the programme will feature children from the great variety of backgrounds that make up today’s Britain. Some of them will make a flying start with their reading; others may struggle. Some will have many books at home, others few.
This film will discover the extraordinary power of literacy, beyond its educational importance. As the children learn to read it is as if the world around them is transformed. Through stories, they can be taken on a journey to discover far-flung places and meet a myriad of colourful characters.
B Is For Book will provide privileged access to a profound process that all of us only ever do once in our lives.
The film broadcasts on BBC Four on 5th July at 9pm.