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Aberfan: The Fight for Justice

Huw Edwards traces the story of Aberfan's decades-long battle for justice, looking at whether the incident was a terrible accident or a preventable man-made disaster.

Fifty years ago, a coal tip crashed down on a village in south Wales, killing 144 people including 116 children. Now Huw Edwards traces the story of Aberfan's decades-long battle for justice.

The Aberfan disaster shocked the world. Immediately, people were demanding to know how and why it had happened. Was it a terrible accident or a preventable man-made tragedy? Within weeks, a tribunal of inquiry began hearing evidence.

A cast of actors brings the tribunal to life, the script drawn from the actual evidence presented at the inquiry. Huw Edwards looks back at the testimony given. Should warnings have been heeded? Who was to blame?

The publicly owned National Coal Board and the government managed to add insult to injury as they refused the demands of local people to remove the tips from above the village. Finally they gave in, but not without perpetrating another injustice on Aberfan that took decades to remedy.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 24 Oct 2016 01:45

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Huw Edwards
Producer Iwan England
Director Iwan England
Executive Producer Martyn Ingram
Desmond Ackner Sion Pritchard
Tasker Watkins Sion Ifan
Philip Wien James Peake
Justice Edmund Davies Danny Grahan
Leslie Davies Jams Thomas
Vivian Thomas Ceri Murphy
David Lewis Roberts Steffan Rhodri
Robert Exley Richard Nichols
William Sheppard Keiron Self
Lord Alf Robens Stephen Casey
Production Company Cynyrchiadau Alpha Productions

Broadcasts

  • Tue 18 Oct 2016 22:45
  • Tue 18 Oct 2016 23:45
  • Wed 19 Oct 2016 23:45
  • Mon 24 Oct 2016 01:45

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