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Episode 1

Adapted by Mike Walker. In 1936 Eric and Eileen Blair were making ends meet by running a small village shop in Wallington and growing vegetables. Eric had recently sent 'The Road to Wigan Pier' to Victor Gollancz, hoping it would be published. But then news came from Spain that Franco's Nationalists had risen up against the elected Republican government. In this first episode of his autobiographical account, Eric decides to go to Spain - not just to record the struggle but to fight the Fascists. Unusually tall, and with size 12 feet, he immediately stood out amongst the locals. He joined a badly organised and ill equipped militia, armed with dud bombs and rusty guns. It was a decision that would nearly cost him his life, and produce one of the most vivid accounts of the Spanish Civil War.

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.

Release date:

58 minutes

Last on

Fri 27 Jan 2017 03:00


Role Contributor
Eric BlairJoseph Millson
Eileen BlairLyndsey Marshal
Georges KoppEwan Bailey
Spanish volunteerJavier Marzan
JackHywel John
Henry MillerRichard Laing
John McNairJohn McAndrew
BenjaminJon Lolis
IdrisBen McGregor
Tom GallagherGareth Pierce
Fascist soldierAsier Newman
WriterMike Walker
DirectorKate McAll