Working Class Britain | Underclass to hero, how the working class has been portrayed
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 01 February 1988
DURATION | 48 minutes 56 seconds
This programme looks at the various theories as to why working class people are much more likely to suffer ill health and die young than those in professional classes. These theories range from personal behaviour, poverty, deprivation, stress, social environment and (bizarrely) genes. It is filmed in Newcastle and Burnley and includes interviews with people living in the area.
Government statistics released in November 2007 show that this health divide still persists. "In 2001-03, men aged 25-64 working in routine occupations (for example, bus drivers, refuse collectors) had a death rate 2.8 times higher than that of men working as large employers or higher managers"
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