Still the Enemy Within

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Still the Enemy Within is a unique insight into one of history’s most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike. No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw first-hand experience of those who lived through Britain’s longest strike. read more

Still the Enemy Within is a unique insight into one of history’s most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike. No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw first-hand experience of those who lived through Britain’s longest strike. Follow the highs and lows of that life-changing year. In 1984, a conservative government under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared war on Britain’s unions, taking on the strongest in the country, the National Union of Mineworkers. Following a secret plan, the government began announcing the closure of coal mines, threatening not just an industry but whole communities and a way of life. Against all the forces the government could throw at them, 160 000 coal miners took up the fight and became part of a battle that would change the course of history. Still the Enemy Within tells the story of a group of miners and supporters who were on the frontline of the strike for an entire year. These were people that Margaret Thatcher labelled ‘the Enemy Within’. Many of them have never spoken on camera before. Using interviews and a wealth of rare and never before seen archive, Still the Enemy Within draws together personal experiences – whether they’re tragic, funny or terrifying – to take the audience on an emotionally powerful journey through the dramatic events of that year.

Original Release

10/03/2014

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Cast

Norman Strike Himself / Self
Paul Symonds Himself / Self
Steve Hammill Himself / Self
Mike Jackson Himself / Self
Joe Henry Himself / Self
Jim Tierney Himself / Self
Ron Stoat Himself / Self
Joyce Sheppard Herself / Self
Betty Cook Herself / Self
Anne Scargil Self
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Owen Gower

Writers

Owen Gower

Cast

Norman Strike Himself / Self
Paul Symonds Himself / Self
Steve Hammill Himself / Self
Mike Jackson Himself / Self
Joe Henry Himself / Self
Jim Tierney Himself / Self
Ron Stoat Himself / Self
Joyce Sheppard Herself / Self
Betty Cook Herself / Self
Anne Scargil Self
Phelim Kelly Miner
Dean Kingdon Miner
Wesley Lloyd Miner
Roy Martin Thorn Police officer / miner
Alan Chimes Young Howard

Producers

Christopher Hird Executive Producer
Mike Simons Executive Producer
Sinead Kirwan Producer
Mark Lacey Producer
Amelia Lavington Producer
Angelique Talio Producer
Gerard Wilkinson Producer

Editors

Paul Edmunds

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