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Days of Hope by JIM ALLEN
A series of four dramas from the Great War to the General Strike. 1924: A miracle. Less than 20 years since its birth, the Labour Party forms a government with Ramsay MacDonald as Prime Minister. Although outnumbered in Parliament by Conservatives and Liberals, Labour is the largest party. Many feel the task of legislating socialism into existence can now begin.


Unknown: Jim Allen
Producer: Tony Garnett
Director: Kenneth Loach
Ben Matthews: Paul Copley
Sarah Hargreaves: Pamela Brighton
Philip Hargreaves: Nikolas Simmonds
Prison chaplain: Brian Hawksley
Prison warder: Bert King
Mr Harrington: Patrick Barr
Communist Party member: Peter Kerrigan
Ernest Bevin: Melvin Thomas
Shop stewards: Eric French
Shop stewards: George Howard
Reporter: Stephen Rea
Joel Barnett: Gary Roberts
Shep: Alun Armstrong
Tom: Hughie Turner
Josiah Wedgwood: John Phillips
SuSlOV: Richard Marker
Sarah's children: Sarah Paget
Sarah's children: Ned Cohen

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