The Changing Forest

Robert Glenister reads Dennis Potter's 1961 personal study of his birthplace, the Forest of Dean, abridged in five parts by Andrew Simpson.

Episodes

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A Time Of Tension20070921 BT=1345 (BBC7)

Change breeds insecurity, opportunity and tension among the inhabitants of the Forest of Dean. Episode 5 of 5.

Empty Pews20070919 BT=1345 (BBC7)

In 1961, the old Chapel religion of the Forest of Dean was losing its grip on the local community. Episode 3 of 5.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960812]

In 1961, the playwright Dennis Potter revisited his birthplace, the Forest of Dean, and found it in a state of profound uncertainty. His personal study of the area is abridged in five parts by Andrew Simpson and read by Robert Glenister.

1: The First Jukebox

Producer Andy Jordan

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Unknown: Dennis Potter

Unknown: Andrew Simpson

Read By: Robert Glenister.

Producer: Andy Jordan

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By Dennis Potter.

2: No Job for Life. For the coal-mining community of the Forest of Dean, pit closures in 1961 brought change. For details see yesterday

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Unknown: Dennis Potter.

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By Dennis Potter. 3: Empty Pews

In 1961, the old Chapel religion was losing its grip on the local community. For details see Monday

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By Dennis Potter.

4: Out with the Old. In 1961, the Forest of Dean elders remembered the past. But the young people embraced what was new.

For details see Monday

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By Dennis Potter.

Final part: A Time of Tension. For some people, change breeds insecurity, for others, opportunity. Forthe inhabitants of the Forest of Dean in 1961, it also brought tension.

For details see Monday

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No Job For Life20070918 BT=1345 (BBC7)

The 1961 pit closures brought traumatic changes to the Forest's coalmining community. Episode 2 of 5.

Out With The Old20070920 BT=1345 (BBC7)

In 1961, the Forest of Dean elders remembered the past. But the young people embraced what was new. Episode 4 of 5.

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"In 1961, playwright Dennis Potter revisited his birthplace, the Forest of Dean, and found it in a state of profound uncertainty.

Robert Glenister reads Dennis Potter's 1961 personal study of his birthplace, the Forest of Dean. Episode 1 of 5."

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For the coal-mining community of the Forest of Dean, pit closures in 1961 brought change of the most traumatic type.

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In 1961, the old chapel religion of the Forest of Dean was losing its grip on the community.

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In 1961 the Forest of Dean elders remembered the past, but the young people embraced the new.

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20070921 (BBC7)

For some people change breeds insecurity, for others, opportunity.

For the inhabitants of the Forest of Dean in 1961, it also brought tension.