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Maxine Peake on Ellen Wilkinson

4 Extra Debut. Maxine Peake nominates her working class hero the Labour MP Ellen Wilkinson. With Matthew Parris. From 2017.

Actress Maxine Peake nominates her working class hero, Ellen Wilkinson, as a great life.

Ellen is regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of British radical left politics. She joined the Communist party, met Lenin and Trotsky in Moscow and then went on to become one of the Labour Party's youngest people entering parliament in 1924.

For Maxine, the tragedy is that Ellen Wilkinson is now virtually a forgotten figure despite her remarkable achievements.

With help from historian Helen Antrobus from the People's History Museum in Manchester, they make the case for Ellen Wilkinson meriting the description of a great life.

Presented by Matthew Parris.

Producer: Perminder Khatkar

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2017.

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30 minutes

Last on

Sun 17 Oct 2021 05:30


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest Maxine Peake


  • Tue 1 Aug 2017 16:30
  • Fri 4 Aug 2017 23:00
  • Thu 14 Oct 2021 18:30
  • Fri 15 Oct 2021 00:30
  • Sat 16 Oct 2021 07:30
  • Sat 16 Oct 2021 17:30
  • Sun 17 Oct 2021 05:30

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