Caroline Beck discovers how the miner's strike in the nineteen-eighties started a social revolution for the women of Durham.
After more than a year of women standing on the picket lines with the men whose livelihoods were disappearing and families living hand-to-mouth, it was inconceivable that things would return to the way they were.
Where women had largely been housewives and mothers supported solely by their menfolk, in the aftermath of the strike the whole economic and social balance has reversed.
Women are now overwhelmingly the main breadwinners while the men, still unable to find work in this geographically remote area, look after the children.
Furthermore, women's standing and profile in the community has altered radically, with social and political positions that would once have been almost exclusively male filled by women.
The programme speaks to former miners and their families and examines the new economy and some of its repercussions.