Kirsty Young marks the 21st anniversary of the miners' strike, which ended on 5 March
1985 following a 12-month conflict that was among the most ugly and socially divisive of the last century. The programme recalls not only the brutal aspects of the strike but the inspired and heartfelt struggle of the mining communities and the support of the arts world, spearheaded by singer/songwriter Billy Bragg. Contributors include
Bragg, folk singers Roy Bailey , John Tarns and Jez Lowe and the men of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, who led miners in their eventual walk back to work. Plus interviews with Bernard Ingham (press secretary to then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher ), former senior police officer John Nesbitt - who arrested NUM leader Arthur Scargill at the Battle of Orgreave - and writer Lee Hall , who wove the strike into his story Billy Elliot. Producer Helen Chetwynd
6/6. Smokey Robinson profiles soul giant Marvin Gaye. This final edition explores Gaye's legacy since his murder in 1984, after which the NME's critics declared his What's
Going On as the best album ever.
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