Jim Allen: A Man of His Words
In 1978, Christopher Eccleston was inspired to work in television after watching the BBC Play For Today, The Spongers. A shattering piece of drama about the impact of welfare cuts, its devastating ending shocked the viewing public.
In this programme, Christopher returns to Manchester to discover more about Jim Allen, the playwright behind The Spongers - a man who "wrote beautifully about real people's lives". His many works include Days of Hope, United Kingdom, Raining Stones, Land & Freedom, and the controversial theatre piece, Perdition.
With contributions from Ken Loach and Jimmy McGovern, we hear about the life of the former docker, miner and labourer, a lifelong passionate Socialist with an acute ear for the rhythms of working class speech.
Producer: Elizabeth Foster.