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Ken Loach at the BBC

Ken Loach at the BBC

Loach, Ken, director; Selby, Tony, actor; Copley, Paul, actor; Brighton, Pamela, actor

Collection of TV dramas by the acclaimed British film maker Ken Loach. 'The Big Flame' (1967) and 'Rank and File' (1971) are trademark Loach dramas, detailing with sympathy the plight of workers caught up in industrial disputes at the Liverpool docks and the Pilkington glassworks, respectively. 'Three Clear Sundays' (1965) tells the story of Danny (Tony Selby), a young man facing up to the death penalty after an attempt to help reduce the sentence of two other prison inmates goes badly wrong. 'Days of Hope' (1975) is an epic four-part series starring Paul Copley, Pamela Brighton and Nikolas Simmonds as members of a working class family whose fortunes are depicted from the end of WWI to what they perceive as their betrayal in the General Strike of 1926. 'The End of Arthur's Marriage' (1965) offers something of a departure from Loach's conventional films, an adaptation of a musical scripted by Christopher Logue. 'In Two Minds' (1967) stars Anna Cropper and examines the plight of those suffering from schizophrenia. 'Up the Junction' (1965) raised the issue of abortion, at the time illegal, and played a major role in shaping public debate on the issue. Its influence in this regard was possibly only surpassed by Loach's most famous TV drama 'Cathy Come Home' (1966), which follows the struggles of young bride Cathy (Carol White) as she struggles to keep a roof over herself and her children in a housing system that seems constantly to be working against her. 'The Price of Coal' (1977) is a two-part drama set in a Yorkshire mining village which contrasts the humour of the working men (many played by actual comedians, including Duggie Brown) with the dangerous conditions in which they are forced to earn a living

DVD. English. Television plays, English.
Published 2 Entertain 2011

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Statement of responsibility: director, Ken Loach; writer, Christopher Logue
EAN: 5051561033957
BBFC classification: 15
Note: Extras to be confirmed, Region 2, 6 disc(s), Interactive menus, Scene access, Languages (English), Subtitles for hard of hearing (English).
Performers: Cast: Tony Selby, Paul Copley, Pamela Brighton, Nikolas Simmonds, Carol White, Ray Brooks, Winifred Dennis, Wally Patch, Duggie Brown, Anna Cropper.
Physical Description: 6 videodiscs (1110 min.) : col. & b&w.
Other Number: 5051561033957
Publisher Number: BBCDVD3395
Subject: Loach, Ken 1936-