Strike When Britain Went to War


In 1984 Britain stood on the brink of massive change. The way people made, and spent, money was changing, the era of the yuppy was arriving. It was a vibrant, fluid, controversial time of change. And in the midst of it all was the Thatcher revolution, and the miners’ strike. In March 1984, the government announced plans to close 20 coalmines, with the loss of 20,000 jobs. National Union of Mineworkers leader Arthur Scargill led his workers out on strike. This documentary uses extensive archive footage and the recollections of an eclectic mix of the key players from both camps, including politicians, policemen, comedians, pop stars and, of course, miners and their wives, to recount the events of this unique and formative period in modern domestic history: the year Britain went to war. Archive footage and accounts from the key players reveal a battle between two political ideologies on the left and the right in a year-long struggle that changed lives, made and broke reputations and saw former workmates, friends and even families torn apart by a mutual loathing. Part of UK Channel 4 special Strike Night.