Reporters Jeremy James, Jeanne La Chard, John Pitman, Denis Tuohy, Desmond Wilcox, Harold Williamson
This week: To the Bitter End
Twelve miles down the road from the Upper Clyde shipyards a group of determined men are fighting 'to the bitter end.' Seven hundred and sixty men out of work; 11 million worth of machinery standing idle at the Argyll works in Alexandria; a town struck by mass unemployment in an area where 12 out of every 100 men are already out of work. The Plessey Co Ltd finally completed the purchase of the factory and its contents for the cut-price of Â£650,000 in January. Nine months later they closed it and decided to transfer its vital machinery to their plant in Ilford, Essex. But 200 of their former employees have refused to allow them to move the machines and are occupying the factory. Are they fighting a lost cause or is there some hope that the now silent factory may come to life again, and provide work for the men of Alexandria?
(We will have to be dragged out...: p3)
Outside Broadcast Director:
Outside the new Shaw Theatre on the Euston Road a controversial beacon beckons. Keith Grant, the designer, is one of Britain's busiest artists. His works are bought by Kenneth Clark, Benjamin Britten and Local Authority collections, amongst others. He talks about his work - what led up to the making of the 'St Joan' and the reaction of the people involved in making this sculpture.
Tonight's film in this season of British films by some of the distinguished directors and writers who brought a new style to the cinema in the Sixties
Starring Michael Crawford, Nyree Dawn Porter, Julia Foster, David Hemmings
Alan Crabbe, a callow 19-year-old who works for a road transport firm in London, gets enough encouragement from Eileen, the glamorous new waitress at Joe's Cafe, to ask for a date.
A cast of then unknown, now successful, actors all contribute to this well-observed and comically true-to-life film about the younger generation of the time.
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