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Duration: 57 minutes

Plan B is going back to his old school in east London on a mission to change young lives: 'I'm at an age now, I've experienced enough that I can go into that school and plant some positive seeds inside some of these kids' heads and hopefully make them dream bigger, 'cos the problem is, they don't dream big enough.'

Plan B went to a pupil referral unit in Newham where kids unable to attend mainstream school go. He joins forces with two other big east London names, Leona Lewis and Labrinth, to work with a group of teenagers at the school, gain their trust and help focus them on their future.

The stars may all have come from the East End, but they are both surprised and moved when they come face to face with some of the unique challenges and experiences these young people face growing up in the Olympic boroughs today.

The artists, who are all in the line-up for BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend, work intensively with the teenagers, coaching them towards a special musical performance in front of 250 of their peers. The teens, who have never performed in an event like this before, are challenged by Labrinth, Leona and Plan B to come up with, rehearse and deliver this musical moment, even though simply attending school regularly is a challenge for some of them.

The celebrities also explore how important family, diversity and neighbourhoods are in the Olympic boroughs, and how life in the inner city can affect opportunities for young people - for better and worse.

Last on

Sat 7 Jul 2012 02:15 BBC Three

  • Taking a bow

    Taking a bow

    The ten young artists take a bow with Plan B at the end of their gig at the Radio 1 Academy. All ten teenagers come from Tunmarsh School, Newham. Mentored by Plan B, Leona Lewis and Labrinth, they wrote, developed and performed their own songs in front of a live audience. And their three weeks of hard work, practice and rehearsal paid off.

  • Plan B

    Plan B

    Plan B introduces the acts he, Leona Lewis and Labrinth have been working with for three weeks. It's the first time the teenagers will perform their songs on stage, in front of a live audience, at the Radio 1 Academy, Hackney.

  • Leona Lewis

    Leona Lewis

    Leona addresses the audience at the Radio 1 Hackney Academy gig, where ten pupils of Tunmarsh School will perform live on stage for the first time. Working with Plan B and Labrinth, Leona coached and mentored the budding artists for three weeks.

  • Labrinth

    Labrinth

    Singer-songwriter Labrinth at the Radio 1 Academy gig in Hackney. Labrinth worked with Plan B and Leona Lewis preparing ten students to perform their own songs live on stage for the first time.

Credits

Presenter
Labrinth
Presenter
Labrinth
Producer
Kaye Godleman
Producer
Kaye Godleman
Director
Kaye Godleman
Director
Kaye Godleman

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