Coal Mining in Britain | The story of mining from the coal face to the strike
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 12 January 1972
DURATION | 24 minutes 28 seconds
In Durham, the coal mines dominate the people in the same way they dominate the landscape. In this first episode of a series looking to profile British society, Norman Dennis discovers a culture that is unique to the Durham pit villages, folk songs based on their own lives and experiences, and stories that reveal the hard facts of life in a mining community.
The song played over the end of this programme is the traditional folksong 'The Collier's Rant', first published in 1784 (though written much earlier), in which a collier and his workmate ('marra') encounter the Devil on the way to work. The song illustrates the deep-rooted superstition that was prevalent in mining communities where mining disasters were often thought to be the work of the Devil.
Two recordings of a Welsh male-voice choir.
'Behind the seams' at a Durham coal mine.
How do the experiences of two miners from separate generations differ?
The story of the closing of Brereton Colliery.
Remembering Tonypandy's role in the 1921 National Coal Strike.
Two mining families make the decision to move from Northumberland to Nottingham.
Memories of childhood in a 1930s Glasgow mining family.
The story of the men who spent World War II down the mines.
A turbulent time for a mining village in the North East of England.
Exploring the culture and social history of the Durham coal fields.
Memories of a Bevin Boy from Bridlington.
Where there's muck, there's brass... and pigeons and lurchers and bingo too.
The diminishing role of animals in Britain's coal mines.
A history of the South Wales mining industry.
A weekend in the lives of four Yorkshire miners.
Recollections of conscription in the coal industry during World War II.
Is the ongoing miners' strike turning moderates into militants?
The miners' strike continues with both sides predicting victory.
A 'Panorama' report broadcast in the final weeks of the miners' strike.
A personal perspective on life in a 1930s mining community.
Revisiting the story of miners from a documentary made in 1969.
Scenes from a Durham mining village that featured in a 1938 radio broadcast by Joan Littlewood.
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