A Life Without Work

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Richard Bilton, published by BBC in 2010 - English narration

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A hundred years on from a ground breaking investigation into unemployment, Richard Bilton turns detective and uncovers a moving story of one family's journey from grinding poverty in a York slum to undreamt of success as a Hollywood actor. In 1910, philanthropist and chocolate tycoon Seebohm Rowntree wrote a radical book about unemployment, exposing for the first time the terrible conditions faced by Britain's jobless. The report featured the diaries of the Nevinson family who struggled on the brink of destitution.

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In the first of two programmes looking at unemployment over the century, Richard Bilton painstakingly hunts down the descendants of the Nevinsons and discovers their great grandson is actor Mark Addy - Friar Tuck in the recent Robin Hood movie and a star of The Full Monty. In many ways, the story of the Addy family is the story of all our working lives over the last century.

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In the second of two programmes, he uncovers startling parallels between then and now - including a man living in a tent and reliant on casual labour - as well as the incredible advances that 100 years of reform have brought us.

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  • Video Codec: Xvid
  • Video Bitrate: 1600 Kbps
  • Video Resolution: 720x400
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.800:1
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps CBR 48KHz
  • Audio Streams: 2ch
  • RunTime Per Part: 59 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 2
  • Part Size: 730 MB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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