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Stocker's Copper 

In August 1913 a strike at a Cornish clay pit leads to Welsh police being sent to keep order. Having no other source of income, a striking miner is forced to take in one of the policemen as... See full synopsis »

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Herbert Griffith
Bryan Marshall ...
Manuel Stocker
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Alice Stocker
Tony Caunter ...
Vincent
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Rev. Booth Coventry
Dominic Allan ...
Glamorgan Sgt.
William Moore ...
Engine Man
Angela Billing ...
Stocker Child
Barry Hawken ...
Stocker Child
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Clayworker
Michael Beint ...
Cornish Supt.
Don McKillop ...
Cornish P.C.
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In August 1913 a strike at a Cornish clay pit leads to Welsh police being sent to keep order. Having no other source of income, a striking miner is forced to take in one of the policemen as a lodger. They soon become friends, but escalating tension at the mine means that conflict will become inevitable.

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This episode takes place in August 1913. See more »

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TV Drama at its best
25 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Brilliantly directed by Jack Gold in the 'lunar' landscape of china clay workings in Cornwall, this is a well-told story of a real-life conflict that arose between workers and owners at the beginning on the twentieth century and the human interaction of those who were forced to take sides.

The movement of figures across the alien landscape, photographed with a huge amount of imagination, seems to reflect the massive social upheaval of the times, which resulted in the emergence of the trade unions and the Labour Party.

The cinematography is superb, which makes it all the more sad that this great work hasn't been restored and made available on DVD.


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