Working Class Britain | Underclass to hero, how the working class has been portrayed
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 12 August 2005
DURATION | 27 minutes 14 seconds
Rory Cellan Jones explores the stereotype of the scourge of Britain's congested roads with the help of Peter Marsh a social scientist, Sarah Kennedy - the Radio 2 DJ who coined the term - and of course the great white van man himself.
The Ford Transit, has been described as the backbone of the British economy. It first appeared on British roads in 1965 and has been in continuous production ever since.
The people of Liverpool tell stories of their past and present.
What kind of future might 1961 promise to the shipbuilding industry?
Promoting better understanding between social classes and nations.
How class conscious are we? Can Britain ever be a classless society?
How working-class celebrities like Twiggy became fashionable.
A study of how urbanisation has changed working class speech and traditions.
The language of the English working class explored.
Working Men's Clubs send good cheer to the troops in Northern Ireland.
'File on Four' shares the experiences of striking miners in Goldthorpe.
Actor Michael Caine discusses wealth, marriage and ambition.
Why do the working class in Britain die young?
Should unescorted women be allowed into Working Men's Clubs?
Football legend George Best bares his soul about his personal life.
Is it the van or the man inside it at the centre of the battle for British roads?
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