Working Class Britain | Underclass to hero, how the working class has been portrayed
CHANNEL | Home Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 12 June 1961
DURATION | 1 minutes 26 seconds
A group of Scottish miners from Ayrshire visit this elite public school. They tell the news programme how they got involved in lessons, from reading poetry by Robert Burns to explaining how a colliery works. Although some had misgivings about the snobbery they might encounter, all are impressed by the friendliness and hospitality they have received.
Eton College was founded in 1440 by Henry VI and has a reputation for educating members of the aristocracy and royals. Eighteen UK prime ministers have been educated at Eton College, the most recent being Alec Douglas-Home. David Cameron is the first Eton-educated leader of the Conservative Party since Douglas-Home.
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A study of how urbanisation has changed working class speech and traditions.
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Football legend George Best bares his soul about his personal life.
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