A landmark three-part Channel 4 series from Swan Films will re-tell the story of the 1984/85 miners’ strike “from a new perspective, and explore how its effects are still being felt in the lives of people today.”

Each episode will each tell a discrete story from the strike, examining the events of the year through the eyes of those involved on all sides. It will reveal how the strike opened divisions in families and communities, and the complex reality of a country in upheaval.

This series follows recent contemporary history commissions from Channel 4 Specialist Factual including Investigating Diana: Death in Paris, Made in Britain: The Decade that Shaped Our World, and Italia 90: When Football Changed Forever.

“The Miners’ Strike is one of the seminal events in British history – the stories of those involved still feel raw and powerful in an extraordinary way. The dividing lines drawn in British society across class, politics and culture are still so resonant. I feel honoured to be working with Swan Films and a brilliant team to bring this important recent history to life.” Shaminder Nahal, Head of Specialist Factual.

“The miners’ strike was a turning point in the recent story of this country. To understand where we are today it’s necessary to explore not just what happened to those involved, but what it felt like. We’re delighted to be working with Channel 4, and an incredibly talented team, on this important documentary series.” Joe Evans, Managing Director, Swan Films.

The Series Director is Tom Barrow, Director is Christian Collerton, Producer is Zora Kuettner, Archive Producer is Miriam Walsh and the Executive Producers are Neil Crombie and Joe Evans.

Jon Creamer

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