Riotous Assemblies

Three programmes in which Martin Wainwright investigates the forgotten occasions of protest when British people were driven beyond endurance and made their presence felt on the streets.


01The Housewives Revolt1998052819981128

In 1795, serious food shortages led to riots across the country, and it was the housewives of CARLISLE who took matters into their own hands.

02The Leeds Dripping Riot1998060419981205

In 1865, a cook was prosecuted for `stealing' a dollop of dripping from her employer. The people of LEEDS were incensed and took to the streets.

03 LASTThe Means-test Protest1998061119981212

In 1931, the introduction of compulsory means-testing led to a furious reaction by the people of SALFORD.