Working Class Britain | Underclass to hero, how the working class has been portrayed
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 11 December 1984
DURATION | 37 minutes 8 seconds
Reporter Roger Wilkes follows picketers to the picket line, interviews their families (expertly capturing the changing role of wives in the community) and investigates the financial pressures on the NUM. The programme includes an eyewitness account of seemingly aggressive police tactics and shows how riot gear could hide identification numbers. Arthur Scargill is also interviewed.
The miners' strike began in 1984 and turned into a bitter dispute lasting over a year. Miners who returned to work faced fierce opposition from picketers. Police and picketers also clashed violently. The strike was triggered by a government announcement to close a pit in Yorkshire - the first of many. Today, some former pits are ski slopes, while another is the site of a wind-turbine manufacturer. Goldthorpe closed in 1994.
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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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