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From Heroes to Zeroes

Episode 3 of 3

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 04 March 2009

Sarfraz Manzoor examines the forces that have had an impact on the traditional 'working class' in Britain. After a decade of supposed 'classlessness', the issue of class is back on the agenda. Once again, it matters if you identify yourself as working class, especially, it seems, if you are white.

The working class may have historically been aligned with the labour movement, but Margaret Thatcher's astute recognition of strong individualistic aspirations - such as the desire to own a home - changed the political landscape in ways that are still evident nearly 30 years on.

Sarfraz visits housing estates in Manchester and talks to schoolchildren, academics and politicians about the future of the working class.


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