First Rites: From the Cradle to the Prom


Episode Info

Documentary which looks at how the rituals that mark our milestones in life - baptism, the first day at school, the first drink - are changing in today's society. Religion's influence is fading and children are increasingly being cushioned from the harsh transitions of the education system. The film reveals the new milestones for the Blair generation, from American-style proms to fetal scans. Among those discussing the issues are Claire Rayner, Michael Rosen, Kate Figes and Katharine Whitehorn.