Category Archives: TV drama

Book review; All in a Day’s Work: Working Lives and Trade Unions in West London 1945-1995, edited by David Welsh.

Reading this book reminds me of Brecht’s poem, “Questions From a Worker Who Reads” (1935).  It reminds us of our trade union history – the lives of women and men who, over the years in this country, have contributed to … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch And start the year by being inspired by northwest writer and socialist Jim Allen at a retrospective at Home.Jim would have hated it. In the 80s he did make an appearance at the Cornerhouse (now Home) but he said … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch The Doctor Blake Mysteries (BBC daily 2.15pm and Iplayer) A brilliant Australian crime series that I had to watch on Lovefilm but is now being shown on the BBC. Lucian Blake returns to his hometown Ballarat after 30 years … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch …. Manchester in 1973 North West playwright Jack Rosenthal wrote a sweet drama about two young people called The Lovers which was filmed in Manchester in 1973. There really was a George Best boutique and many young women would … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…Manuscripts Don’t Burn (general release) ….one of the most frightening films I have seen in a longtime. Why? Because it was made by Mohammad Rasoulof, a filmmaker who has been banned by the Iranian government from making films so the … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…United Kingdom at a Mary Quaile Club event. Written by Manchester writer Jim Allen and set in Jim’s backyard, the council estate of Middleton, it is the story of how a group of tenants decide to organise a rent strike. … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…The Mill (Channel 4) a series created by left wing writer John Fay and set at Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire charting the rise of radical politics. Not the usual its grim up north programme but a series that has … Continue reading

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