Banned for 14 years following its 1977 release, the television drama Scum focuses on the harrowing events that take place inside a borstal institution. Depicting brutality, racism and even rape, this devastating critique of the specialist youth offenders program provoked a nationwide debate into the success of the borstal system. In this discussion, the film’s producer Margaret Matheson comments on the various issues that arose after the film’s production, from the ban imposed by the BBC under ludicrous claims that the public would confuse this drama with a documentary, to the messages that were lost under fierce media scrutiny. Writer, Roy Minton, outlines the extensive research undertaken prior to this project and how surprised he was by the fervent reaction to it. This event forms a part of the Radical TV drama season at BFI Southbank.