This documentary looks at Denby Grange Colliery which is closing for two weeks while its workers go on a club trip to Scarborough. The documentary follows the workers while they are on their holidays including: one group who have a boozy day out at Scarborough, a competition involving a local allotment society display at the Wakefield Show, Harold Blessard hustles the local darts players for pints in a pub in Bridlington, and face worker Ted Pickles who spends his two week holiday with his family in Mablethorpe with a Punch and Judy show and performs as a clown in the James Brothers Circus.
This YTV documentary, first broadcast on 18th January, 1982, was made just two years before the Great Miners’ Strike of 1984/85, giving an optimistic view of the future of coal mining in South Yorkshire. The new £400 million coal complex of Selby is nearing completion, and interviews with the local council, the NCB and miners reveal high hopes that it will lead to more coal fields opening and more jobs for the area. It includes interviews with miners, NCB representatives and other interested parties.
At 77, shipping magnate Victor Waddington is a most unusual and modest millionaire. Estimates put his business fortune at over £40 million, but in true Yorkshire fashion he refuses to discuss it. There is no high-society, champagne lifestyle for the man who controls his multi-million pound empire from a canal-side boatyard in Swinton, mid-way between Rotherham and Doncaster. He is in the office before his workers in the morning, and doesn't leave until long after they have gone home at night. He is just as happy pulling his weight in the boatyard as he is taking his annual cruise on the QE2, and there is another side to this man. He may count the pennies coming in, but Victor Waddington has been the anonymous benefactor to countless good causes, giving away a fortune to churches all over the North of England.
This is the second of a series of four themed programmes made by Yorkshire Television that aired in 1987 about life on the Manor Estate of council housing in Sheffield, consisting of events on the Estate and interviews with, mostly unidentified, residents. This one focuses on residents who have been made redundant and who are trying to move on. It shows four unemployed steelworkers trying to renovate a tool making workshop, Mal Middleton, who has written a script, ‘Bird Fancier’, produced by the BBC, unemployed workers who are scavenging the derelict houses, and Sheffield Wednesday footballer Mel Sterland. It was first transmitted on 10th August, 1987.
This 1981 dramatization of the autobiography of Fred Kitchen focuses on his first year as a farm labourer aged 13, in 1904. The drama paints a vivid portrait of life as a farm labourer and as a navvy on the railway at the turn of the century. Fred has an extremely harsh time at the hands of his widow employer, but soon becomes capable in his farming tasks, finding comfort with the shire horses he looks after. At the end of the year he has matured enough to bargain a wage at the Hire Fair. The Yorkshire Television programme was adapted for TV by Stephen Wakelam.
This film shows the manufacture of high-quality Effingham Steel Strip in Sheffield in the 1930s. Using copious intertitles, the film gives a detailed description of the process, from hot rolling through the finished product of steel strip, with brief film of each stage being shown along the way.
A promotional film produced by Trident Television for Tyne Tees and Yorkshire Television to illustrate the vast consumer markets in the North East and Yorkshire regions and to attract commercial advertisers. The film uses various montages showing industry, housing and retail across both the Yorkshire, Teesside, Durham and Tyne and Wear areas.