The Changing Forest

Robert Glenister reads Dennis Potter's 1961 personal study of his birthplace, the Forest of Dean, abridged in five parts by Andrew Simpson.

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LB01The First Jukebox1997072920040531 (BBC7)
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In 1961, playwright Dennis Potter revisited his birthplace, the Forest of Dean, and found it in a state of profound uncertainty.

LB02No Job For Life1997073020040601 (BBC7)
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For the coal-mining community of the Forest of Dean, pit closures in 1961 brought change of the most traumatic type.

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In 1961, the old chapel religion of the Forest of Dean was losing its grip on the community.

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In 1961 the Forest of Dean elders remembered the past, but the young people embraced the new.

LB05 LASTA Time Of Tension1997080220040604 (BBC7)
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For some people change breeds insecurity, for others, opportunity.

For the inhabitants of the Forest of Dean in 1961, it also brought tension.