Tim Moores goes underground at one of the last privately-owned drift mines in the UK to report for Deutsche Welle‘s weekly European news magazine programme, Drehscheibe Europa.Continue reading Tows Bank Colliery (near Alston), Deutsche Welle TV (1993)
A Town Like New Orleans?
Radio Times, 14 August 1981,
In every town there are thousands of musicians – ignored by both television and the music industry alike – playing live music for fun and very little money. Watch and enjoy the Jack Bennett All-Stars, Another Colour, Howard Sarna, the Roskoe Players, the Zero Slingsby Quintet and The Commies from Mars.
Radio Times, 14 July 1980, BBC2
In many Durham mining villages residents are suffering from planning blight, whilst in Macclesfield, architect Rod Hackney refurbishes old houses and communities. As Langley Park’s Railway Street faces the bulldozers, we ask should local authorities demolish old housing or renovate instead?
14 August 1979
Are The Kids Alright?
With unemployment running at twice the national average, and further redundancies in the shipyards, the age of leisure has come early for many of Sunderland’s youngsters.
Michael is 16, on the dole, and buying a £300 guitar on HP. His recently-formed group – The Rejected – is receiving encouragement from the local community theatre, which also faces redundancies as government cutbacks begin to bite.Continue reading Are The Kids Alright? Brass Tacks, BBC2 (1979)
8.10-9.0 New Series
It Shouldn’t Happen To a Pig
Radio Times, 8 May 1979
Judge for yourself – as the people who make decisions come face-to-face with the people those decisions will affect. First the arguments, then your chance to join the debate.
Britain’s public health enemy number one is salmonella. It’s a source of disease that lurks in most of the meat that we eat, and it’s on the increase because of the way our farming industry is run.
Diseases spread quickly amongst pigs and chickens in factory farms unless huge quantities of drugs are used to keep them at bay. And those diseases increasingly spill over into the human population. So is it time to call a halt? Is it time to chose between cheap meat and safe meat?Continue reading It Shouldn’t Happen To a Pig, Brass Tacks, BBC2 (1979)
8.0 New Series
9 March 1979
Six films about inner cities now – seen through the eyes of those who live and work in them.
Chapeltown in Leeds. Back-to-back housing, high unemployment and low morale; a multi-racial, often violent, example of urban decay. A group of enthusiastic 12-year olds, encouraged and guided by dedicated teacher Nadine Senior, is preparing for the school’s Christmas production, this year Milton’s Paradise Lost/
Thanks for the Memory
6 September 1978
Old people are increasingly treated as socially redundant and have little or no political clout. Maggie Kuhn, leader of the Grey Panther movement, explains why she believes in a militant approach to the rights of the elderly.
*No clips of this programme are available as the BBC wiped the tapes shortly after it was transmitted!
A Calculated Risk
Radio Times, 19 April 1978
Tonight Brass Tacks examines some of the calculated risks involved in the development of nuclear power.
If the predictions of the nuclear industry are correct we can look forward to limitless cheap energy, economic growth and an increasingly powerful role in world affairs. If, however, the predictions of the opponents of nuclear power are correct, there is serious cause for concern. The dangers of the creation of plutonium in large quantities in conditions of increasing world unrest are genuine and serious. We should not rely for energy supply on a process that produces such hazardous substances as plutonium unless there is no reasonable alternative.
*First ever TV programme to enable multimedia audience participation with live local radio phone-ins nationwide.
**The only TV programme to examine the long-term health effects of increasing radiation in the environment from nuclear power and reprocessing plants.
***No clips of this programme are available as the BBC wiped the tapes shortly after it was transmitted!Continue reading A Calculated Risk, Brass Tacks, BBC2 (1978)