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Ken Loach on post-war Britain

Jonathan Freedland discusses what happened to the spirit of unity post-war with Ken Loach, James Graham, David Boyle and Harriet Sergeant.

On Start the Week Jonathan Freedland talks to Ken Loach about post-war Britain, and the spirit of unity which aimed to create a vision of a fairer society. Thirty years on and this culture of cooperation descended into fist fights in the House of Commons, and James Graham's stage imagining of the 1974 hung parliament. David Boyle takes the story on to examine the demise of the middle classes, and Harriet Sergeant looks at Britain's underclass, and the reasons why it's growing.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes


Ken Loach

Ken Loach is a film and television director.


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Ken Loach

Harriet Sergeant

Harriet Sergeant is a journalist, author and Research Fellow of the Centre for Policy Studies.


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Harriet Sergeant

James Graham

James Graham is a playwright.


This House is on at the Olivier at the National Theatre until 15 May.


This House - National Theatre

David Boyle

David Boyle is an author and journalist.


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David Boyle


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