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The Happy Lands

It's the General Strike 1926 - only seven years after the slaughter of the trenches, miners unions lead the country against savage austerity cuts handed to the nation by a Liberal-Conservative government.

Set in the village of Carhill Scotland, in the heart of the Fife coalfields, we follow the journey of one mining community as they are pushed inevitably towards a labour conflict with the Kingdom Coal Company in a seven-month-long lock-out.

'Not a penny off the pay, not a minute on the day' is the chant as the coal company demand longer hours for less pay. The intimate portrayal of three families show the human consequences of an impersonal economics. The coal company practically owns the village and is colluding with government forces to keep the 'red threat' under control.

Standing up for their rights inspires national support and galvanizes a defiant spirit of the time. Faith forged through suffering grows and though the strike fails, the seed of a political awakening is sown. Inspired by true stories from local families in Fife, the Happy Lands follows the journey of law-abiding citizens who become law-breakers in a heroic battle against the state. It's never a good time to stand up for your rights - but it's always the right time.

1 hour, 47 minutes

Last on

Sun 15 Dec 2013 21:00
BBC Two Scotland only


Role Contributor
DirectorRobert Rae
ProducerHelen Trew
Executive ProducerRobert Rae
Executive ProducerAndrew Leitch
Executive ProducerEwan Angus
Executive ProducerJohn Murphy

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