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

Updated Thursday, 8th August 2013

In the first episode, Paul O'Grady looks at how work shaped communities, and what happened when jobs disappeared.

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Paul O'Grady in a mine Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC Whatever happened to the working class?

Paul O'Grady presents the first of two programmes in which he explores the history of the British working class.

For Paul, these were the people who made Britain great, from the dark days of the Industrial Revolution to the hairnets and rubber gloves of the factory line.

But what happened when these jobs were no more?

Travelling from his childhood town of Birkenhead to Clyde in Glasgow, he discovers the factories and mines that were at the heart of industry and the effects of their disappearance.

He also speaks to people who are keeping the culture and values of the class alive and tries his hand at some typical jobs to see whether the sense of pride has survived.

Watch on BBC One

You can watch the first episode on Thursday 15 August at 9:00pm on BBC One.

For more information, including repeats and iPlayer links, visit the BBC's Working Britain pages.





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