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Glasgow by the Way (4 Parts)

Synopsis
Part 1: Shots of present-day Glasgow are intercut with stills and newsreels from the 1930s and 1940s. The first programme in the series deals with the slogan, ‘Glasgow’s Miles Better’, itself, the massive public relations campaign associated with it, and the realities underlying the messsage. Shows the Easterhouse mosaic wall, Princes Square, the Burrell Gallery, the Garden Festival and the work of the artist Ken Currie, muralist of Glasgow’s working-class history.
Part 2: Uses Tony Roper’s play about the old public wash-houses as a basis for discussion of the place of women inGlasgow society.
Part 3: Looks at men, drink, football and religion. Discusses the history of the temperance movemnt and the Labour Party’s ionvolvement with it.
Part 4: ‘Spitting Image’ extracts show Margaret Thatcher deciding to use Scotland as a testing ground for Tory policies. Discusses the problem of how a city with a dominant Labour administration is to reconcile the success of its city-centre collaboration with the business and private sector with the alienation of the peripheral housing schemes. Recalls the background of Clydeside socialism from Baird to Hardie in 1820, through John MacLean to Jimmy Reid and the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in of 1971.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 4 x 52 min.
Year of production
1988
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Uses
Social historians.*
Subjects
History
Keywords
Glasgow; history; Scotland; social life and customs

Credits

Director
Derek Tammes
Producer
Seona Roberts
Contributor
Jonathan Morris
Cast
Bill Paterson 

Sections

Title
Glasgow’s miles better
Synopsis
Part 1: Shots of present-day Glasgow are intercut with stills and newsreels from the 1930s and 1940s. The first programme in the series deals with the slogan, 'Glasgow's Miles Better', itself, the massive public relations campaign associated with it, and

Title
Steamie
Synopsis
Part 2: Uses Tony Roper's play about the old public wash-houses as a basis for discussion of the place of women inGlasgow society.

Title
Machismo
Synopsis
Part 3: Looks at men, drink, football and religion. Discusses the history of the temperance movemnt and the Labour Party's ionvolvement with it.

Title
Mayday
Synopsis
Part 4: 'Spitting Image' extracts show Margaret Thatcher deciding to use Scotland as a testing ground for Tory policies. Discusses the problem of how a city with a dominant Labour administration is to reconcile the success of its city-centre collaboration

Production Company

Name

Reality Productions

Sponsor

Name

Channel Four Television

Phone
071-396 4444
Address
LONDON
SW1P 2TX

Distributor

Name

Guild Sound & Vision

Notes
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