What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?

In 1943, Britain's mines were struggling to find enough men willing or available to work in the pits. The Minister of Labour, Ernest Bevin, devised a controversial lottery that saw over 21,000 18-year-old males of conscription age siphoned away from the armed forces to become miners, known as Bevin Boys. In this documentary, broadcast on the 25th anniversary of the scheme, we hear from just a few of the 'boys', including comedian Eric Morecambe and playwright Brian Rix.

↗ Originally broadcast 19 September 1969.

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