Episode three of Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain, airing on Thursday 7 December at 9.00pm on BBC Two, follows a bomb that fell on Jellicoe Street in the Scottish town of Clydebank, a tightly-knit community of ship builders and factory workers who worked hard in difficult conditions.
For the children though, life in the tenements was like being part of one big family – as Patrick Docherty and Jack Tasker remember.
But on the 13 March 1941 that would change forever. When the bomb fell on Jellicoe Street it destroyed number 78, killing 15 members of the Rocks family.
Marion McDermid’s grandmother was a Rocks. She survived and left a harrowing account of how her family had been wiped out by this one bomb. Among them was 13 year-old Tommy Rocks, Brendan Kelly’s best friend. More than 70 years later, Brendan (pictured) is still deeply affected by the events of that night. As he says: “I went to bed a boy and wakened a man.”
As the community reeled from the chaos, confusion and grief wrought by the bombs there was another war being waged in Clydebank. One young ship yard worker, John Moore, was battling to secure better pay and working conditions for his fellow apprentices. Linden Moore, his daughter describes her father’s communist politics and his role in negotiating better terms for striking apprentices on the same day the Jellicoe Street bomb fell.
Rosabel Richards’s father William Roberts was also a Clydebank man. On the night of 13 March he was an ARP warden – but Rosabel wants to know what he did during the Blitz that lead him to taking up a place at Oxford University. When her cousin in Clydebank suggests that her dad had connections to Westminster, it leads Rosabel to official records that show William Roberts was working for the government to actively counteract the influence of communists in Clydebank.
On March 14 the bombers returned and the town’s housing was largely destroyed. There was a mass exodus, with families like Brendan’s ending up in a small village 60 miles away from their home. Despite the ongoing industrial dispute, the shipyard and the factories remained largely operational and all the workers, including Moore’s apprentices, made epic journeys to return to work, despite having lost homes, friends and family members.
It’s that sense of community spirit amidst adversity that has endured across the generations and still resonates with 85 year-old Brendan Kelly, who will never forget the impact of that one bomb.
Produced in partnership with The Open University.
Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain Episode 3 (of 4) airs Thursday 7 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.
Feud: Bette And Joan Episode 2 airs 16 Dec on BBC Two
Hot on the heels of the premiere episode of Feud: Bette and Joan, the story continues with episode 2 airing at 9.55pm.
Episode two. Filming has started on What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? and Joan (Jessica Lange) and Bette (Susan Sarandon) agree on at least one thing: that the very pretty young actress cast as the neighbour will have to go.
Jack Warner (Stanley Tucci) is delighted with the daily rushes and encourages director Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina) to add fuel to the actresses feud, to enhance their on-screen performances.
Pictured above is B. D. Hyman (played by Kiernan Shipka)
Feud: Bette And Joan Episode 2 (of 8) airs Saturday 16 December 2017 from 9.55pm-10.45pm on BBC Two.
Feud: Bette And Joan Premieres 16 Dec on BBC Two
The truly excellent eight part drama Feud: Bette and Joan, from Ryan Murphy and starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, premieres on BBC Two on 16 December at 9.00pm.
Episode one. 1962. Hollywood legend Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) realises that good roles are not being written for women of her age – and decides to find one for herself.
When she comes across the novel What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell, she knows that she has found the perfect part and convinces director Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina) to champion the movie.
But now she needs to bring her bitter Hollywood rival and star of equal magnitude Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) on board the project. Sparks are about to fly.
Beginning with Davis and Crawford’s collaboration on What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? and continuing long after the cameras stopped rolling, Feud: Bette And Joan explores with great style and wit how the two stars endured ageism, sexism and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers.
The eight-part series from Ryan Murphy (The People vs OJ Simpson) also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Olivia de Havilland, Kathy Bates as Joan Blondell, Judy Davis as Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, Stanley Tucci as Warner Bros. studio head Jack L. Warner, Jackie Hoffman as Mamacita, Crawford’s housekeeper, and Alison Wright as Pauline, Aldrich’s assistant.
Feud: Bette And Joan Episode 1 (of 8) airs Saturday 16 December 2017 from 9.00pm-9.55pm on BBC Two.
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show Episode 5 (BBC-1 16 Dec 2017, with Miranda Hart)
In the fifth episode of this series, airing on Saturday 16 December at 9.00pm on BBC One, National treasure Miranda Hart bravely gives Michael her phone in Celebrity Send To All.
There’s music from global pop megastar Niall Horan and stand-up comedy from the hilarious Jason Manford.
Plus an A&E doctor is fooled into thinking the theatre is actually a grand hotel, in the most ambitious Unexpected Star surprise ever.
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show Episode 5 (of 6) airs on Saturday 16 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC One.
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