The Welsh Miner: The Bitter End

  |  Buy to Own: 11/06/2007
  |  90 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


As early as 1914, economical and political concepts were moulding the future of the Welsh colliers and jeopardising the existence of many valley towns and coal pits. This programme examines the years from the start of World War I to the 1980s and the aftermath of 'the bitter end'. War, strikes, depression and political and environmental wrangling would ultimately see a once thriving, vital industry and the proud men who worked in it decimated, and many a town and village fall by the wayside. Featuring extensive interviews with current and ex-miners, period imagery and archive footage, this programme delves into the often humorous but always proud history of Welsh mining.