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OU on the BBC: Paul O'Grady's Working Britain

Updated Thursday 18th July 2013

Whatever happened to the working class? Paul O’Grady goes on a very personal journey in this two-part BBC One series.

Paul O'Grady as a miner Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC The working class worked. It's right there on the tin.

From the dark days of the industrial revolution to the hairnets and rubber gloves of the factory line, it was the workers that made Britain great.

But what happened to those teeming communities of hardworking men and women, proud of who they were and what they did?

Does anyone even call themselves working class anymore?

Fiercely proud of his own working class identity, Paul O’Grady is on a mission to find out what has happened to his tribe.

Along the way Paul meets the brilliant, funny and warm-hearted people of Britain who are keeping the culture and pride of the working class alive.

He also tries his hand at some honest graft, to find out if any of that fierce sense of community and pride has survived the huge changes the working class has faced.

You can read more about the second episode of Paul O'Grady's Working Britain which hits BBC One screens on Thursday 22 August at 9:00pm.

 

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