Working Class Britain | Underclass to hero, how the working class has been portrayed

Horizon | Death of the Working Classes

Why do the working class in Britain die young?

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 01 February 1988

DURATION | 48 minutes 56 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1988

Synopsis

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.

Did you know?

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"

Contributors

Paul Vaughan
Narrator
Prof John Beardmore
Contributor
Sir Douglas Black
Contributor
Prof Peter Brereton Townsend
Contributor
James Foster
Contributor
Prof John Fox
Contributor
Prof Hilary Graham
Contributor
Prof Raymond Illsley
Contributor
Edward James
Contributor
Prof MG Marmot
Contributor
Peter Phillimore
Contributor
Prof AG Shaper
Contributor
Director
Robin Brightwell
Programme Editor

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