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Rain Dog BBC4 - Timeshift:When Coal Was King (15) BBC4 - Timeshift:When Coal Was King 05 Nov 13


On BBC4 last night and showing again on Thurs 7th Nov at 23.05. Also available on the BBCiplayer

When Coal Was King

Duration: 1 hour

Timeshift explores the lost world of coal mining and the extraordinarily rich social and cultural lives of those who worked in what was once Britain's most important industry. It's a story told through a largely forgotten film archive that movingly documents the final years of coal's heyday from the 1940s to the 1980s. One priceless piece of footage features a ballet performance by tutu-wearing colliers.

Featuring contributions from those who worked underground, those who lived in the pit villages, those who filmed them at work and at play and those - like Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall - who have been inspired by what made coalfield culture so unique.

Narrated by Christopher Eccleston

Has a section on A L Lloyd and also features clips of Ewan MacColl, as well as sound clips of other singers.

When Coal Was King


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