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ER Braithwaite's novel, set in London in 1958, is based on his experiences as a black social worker in a racist society.

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01. London 195820111010 (BBC7)

London 1958: Teacher Braithwaite faces prejudice as a child welfare officer.

'To Sir With Love' sequel with Kwame Kwei Armah.

Teacher Braithwaite faces prejudice as a child welfare officer.

OMNI20081026 (BBC7)
20081027 (BBC7)

Another chance to hear ER Braithwaite's memoirs of life as a black social worker in 1950s London.

Read by Kwame Kwei Armah.

Episodes 1-5 of 5.

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20081021 (BBC7)

Braithwaite is seconded to the London County Council as a child welfare officer, charged with cases involving 'his people'.

set in london, 1958, er braithwaite remembers being a black social worker in a prejudiced society.

read by kwame kwei armah

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Braithwaite struggles in his role as child welfare officer to place Roddy, a boy of mixed race whose father is Mexican and whose mother is a prostitute.

A welfare worker in 1950s London tries to find a home for abandoned boy Roddy.

ER Braithwaite's memoir read by Kwame Kwei Armah.

1950s welfare worker Braithwaite tries to find a London home for an abandoned boy named Roddy.

Stars Kwame Kwei Armah.

1950s welfare worker Braithwaite tries to find a home for an abandoned boy named Roddy.

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20081023 (BBC7)
20111012 (BBC7)

Braithwaite encounters casual racism everywhere and bristles at all reference to 'his people'.

Wherever it is absent, however, he celebrates.

The welfare worker visits Jonathan Clark, whose child is in care.

ER Braithwaite's memoir, read by Kwame Kwei Armah.

Welfare worker Braithwaite visits Jonathan Clark, whose child is in care.

Stars Kwame Kwei Armah and John Rowe.

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20081024 (BBC7)
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Braithwaite is giving up hope of finding a family for abandoned Roddy, but nonetheless finds humanity in the oddest corners of his work.

Despite his efforts, the welfare officer struggles to find a home for Roddy.

ER Braithwaite's memoir read by Kwame Kwei Armah.

Despite his best efforts, welfare officer Braithwaite struggles to find a home for young Roddy.

Stars Kwame Kwei Armah.

Despite his best efforts, welfare officer Braithwaite struggles to find a home for Roddy.

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20081025 (BBC7)
20111014 (BBC7)

Following a lead given to him by a chance encounter on a train, Braithwaite goes far beyond his remit to place Roddy with a good family.

The range and diversity of his encounters as a child welfare officer lead him to redefine that irritating phrase 'my people'.

Braithwaite thinks he's found a family for Roddy, but will his boss agree to the plan? Read by Kwame Kwei Armah.

Welfare officer Braithwaite thinks he's found Roddy a family, but will the boss agree to his plan? Stars Kwame Kwei Armah.

Welfare officer Braithwaite thinks he's found Roddy a family.