Open Eye: Opening Doors To New Careers Summer Bites

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Summer Bites looks at popular jobs in fashion, film, music and sport in four two-part specials on BBC2's Learning Zone.

The programmes contain interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Alexander McQueen, Linford Christie, Richard E Grant and many other leading figures.

"We talk to everyone for inside info, tips and advice, from pattern cutters to fashion designers; runners to film directors," says Jules Pownall, Summer Bites producer. "There are many different routes to a career - but when you're young and on the outside, it's hard to know where to start. We hope Summer Bites will open doors and make these jobs more accessible."

Each career is explored in two programmes designed to be video-recorded. The first provides a background to the industry, while the second shows how to get a foot in the door.

A special menu highlights different programme sections for quick reference. Tips from the top, information on the best courses, websites, telephone hotlines and magazines help to provide a complete picture.

Summer Bites is broadcast on BBC Learning Zone from 3.00 to 5.00am. Remember to set your videos the night before!

Film 1: 5 September; Film 2: 6 September. "The story is really important. I like telling a tale!.I'm proud of being a storyteller." (Quentin Tarantino)

Music 1: 12 September; Music 2: 13 September. "It's not easy to write music, it's not easy to write simple music and it's not easy to connect with people." (Noel Gallagher)

Fashion 1: 19 September; Fashion 2: 20 September. "I'm intent on chopping things up, not chopping them up to destroy them but chopping them up to alter them. They are quite precise - take the threads and things. I just get the scissors and whack it off!.It's OK, it's only clothes." (Alexander McQueen, designer, Givenchy)

Sport 1: 26 September; Sport 2: 27 September. "Always, since I can remember, I wanted to be a professional." (Michael Owen)