John Tusa looks back to his childhood on the East Tilbury estate of Bata, the Czech shoe company which arrived in Britain in the early 1930s.

A little piece of Czechoslovakia on the Essex marshes, the new garden city housed thousands of factory workers.

John uncovers the stories of those men and women who, like his father, left Czechoslovakia to build Bata factories in Britain and around the world.



Broadcast Dates

  • 20040808 (Radio 3)