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When The Boat Comes In: Empire Day on the Slag Heap (S1EP6 BBC One 12 Feb 1976)

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Empire Day on the Slag Heap: After eight weeks, the miners’ strike is over, but the pitmen have settled without gaining anything. (“It was either that or starve”, admits Bill).

Empire Day (“the day that we remember our Empire. The British Empire. The greatest the World has ever seen”) is celebrated at Jessie’s school: the headmaster, Mr Ashton, leads the children in a spirited, patriotic rendition of Land of Hope and Glory.

Guest Cast: James Garbutt (Bill), Jean Heywood (Bella), Malcolm Terris (Matt), Geoffrey Rose (Arthur), Michelle Newell (Mary), John Nightingale (Tom), Madelaine Newton (Dolly), Edward Wilson (Billy), Basil Henson (Sir Horatio Manners), Pete Marshall, Keith Morrison, John Cannon, Richard Butler, Lewis Teasdale

Writer: James Mitchell / Director: Paul Ciappessoni.

Original Airdate: 12 Feb 1976
Series: When The Boat Comes In Season 1 Episode 6