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File on Four | Miners' Strike

'File on Four' shares the experiences of striking miners in Goldthorpe.

CHANNEL | Radio 4

FIRST BROADCAST | 11 December 1984

DURATION | 37 minutes 8 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1984

Synopsis

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.

Did you know?

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.

Contributors

Roger Wilkes
Presenter
Rodney Marshall
Contributor
Peter Mayes
Contributor
Jim McFarlane
Contributor
Albert Ridgeway
Contributor
Contributor
Bob Simpson
Contributor
Bob Taylor
Contributor
Jack Taylor
Contributor
Inky Thompson
Contributor
Peter Wright
Contributor

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