British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Down to earth

Down to earth
TX Date
Year of production
Play audio
To listen to the audio files, please log in.
Independent Radio presents Down to Earth: A Story of Coal and Colliers, the last of a series written and produced by Ralph Bernard, narrated by Frank Windsor, researched by Tim Whyatt and Julie Fletcher; music by Richard Digance, recorded by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, with vocals by Richard Digance and John O’Connor. This edition looks at the link between the mining industry and literature; the future of the British coal industry with interviews with NUM leaders: Joe Gormley, Joe Whelan, Arthur Scargill and Chairman of the Coal Board, Derek Ezra; Arthur A J Cook, leader of Miners Federation in 1920s, and compares him to Arthur Scargill; interview with Alan Wood, Manager of the Miners’ Training Centre, Grassmore, Derbyshire and example of training lesson by Eric Lowe; interview with Thomas Barella(?), miner in North East; modern coal mining methods and machinery with comparison to oil; interviews with Professor Ian Fells on future plans for industry and with Tony Benn, MP.
Arthur Scargill; Derek Ezra; Tony Benn; Joe Gormley; Richard Digance; Ralph Bernard; Frank Windsor; Tim Whyatt; Julie Fletcher; Grimethorpe Colliery Band; Joe Whelan; Alan Wood; Eric Lowe; Ian Fells; John O’Connor; Thomas Barella(?)
Trade unions; Coal mining; Miners; Fuels; NUM; Coal industry; Coal miners; Oil; A. J. Cook; Literature; Future developments; Petroleum industry; Training; Miners Federation; Coal mining techniques; Coal mining equipment

Record Stats

This record has been viewed 746 times.