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'Behind the seams' at a Durham coal mine.

CHANNEL | Home Service

FIRST BROADCAST | 17 November 1938

DURATION | 16 minutes 27 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1938

Synopsis

Joan Littlewood visits the Durham coalfields to discover what life is really like for the miners. She interviews the miners in front of a raucous audience of their friends, who evidently enjoy the anecdotes. After a short break Littlewood presents singer Dixon Carr, who is reputed to have 'the best voice in the mine'.

Did you know?

Joan Littlewood was, at the time, a reporter attached to the BBC Talks department in Manchester. She later became a driving force in British theatre; she was the founder of the Theatre Workshop and became lauded as a dynamic, unconventional director. Her student Harry H Corbett was hailed as the 'British Brando' until the sitcom 'Steptoe & Son' took his career on a different path, while her other critically acclaimed productions included 'A Taste of Honey' and 'Oh! What a Lovely War'.

Contributors

Robert Black
Contributor
Dixon Carr
Contributor
Ralph Giety
Contributor
Charles Kirtley
Contributor

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