Jim Allen - A Man Of His Words
|20150108||In 1978, Christopher Eccleston was inspired to work in television after watching the BBC Play For Today, The Spongers. A shattering piece of drama about the impact of welfare cuts, its devastating ending shocked the viewing public.|
In this programme, Christopher returns to Manchester to discover more about Jim Allen, the playwright behind The Spongers - a man who "wrote beautifully about real people's lives". His many works include Days of Hope, United Kingdom, Raining Stones, Land & Freedom, and the controversial theatre piece, Perdition.
With contributions from Ken Loach and Jimmy McGovern, we hear about the life of the former docker, miner and labourer, a lifelong passionate Socialist with an acute ear for the rhythms of working class speech.
Producer: Elizabeth Foster.