A series of threeoccasional programmes which, for 12 months, follows the lives of four mining families in South Yorkshire, as they face a future without coal.
1: Waiting for the White Paper
Philip, Mark, Mel and Russell are miners who joined the coal industry in the late 1970s. They thought they had a job for life. Since October 13 last year no coal has been cut at their pit, Houghton Main Colliery. No one expects it to re-open, but until they hear the formal announcement, no one can believe they have a life without coal.
Reporter Allan Beswick. Producer Julia Shaw
(Next programme on August 1