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World in Action 

A documentary series focusing on current affairs.




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Series cast summary:
Chris Kelly Chris Kelly ...  Self - Narrator / ... 38 episodes, 1979-1987
Andrew Brittain Andrew Brittain ...  Self - Narrator 20 episodes, 1997-1998
Derek Cooper Derek Cooper ...  Self - Narrator / ... 19 episodes, 1963-1965
Wilfrid Thomas Wilfrid Thomas ...  Self - Narrator / ... 19 episodes, 1963-1965
Mike Walsh Mike Walsh ...  Self - Reporter / ... 19 episodes, 1981-1991


A documentary series focusing on current affairs.

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During 1964, the World in Action team required pictures of an aircraft in flight to illustrate a story. They called various airline companies who could not help them in the short time span they had. They then called TWA's UK office and asked if they had any film of their planes, they said they had not but leave it with them and they would see what they could do. A few hours later a can of film arrived at the World in Action office with the compliments of TWA- TWA had apparently after the call, got a cameraman, and sent a couple of passenger planes up into the air to get the shots World in Action wanted. See more »


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Hammond Theme 'Jam for World in Action'
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Mr.Parris' Worst Week!
23 October 2006 | by ShadeGrenadeSee all my reviews

Back in Thatcher's Britain, rent-a-quote Tory M.P. Matthew Parris overstepped the mark by claiming benefit claimants had it easy. Granada's 'World In Action' challenged him to sign on the dole for one week, and he did. Guess what? He couldn't live on the money! 'World In Action' was a hard-hitting current affairs programme that dared to cover issues ignored by the rest of the news media. During its incredible four-decade run, it covered amongst other things the rise of the National Front, militant infiltration of trade unions, the decline of the N.H.S., questioned whether The Queen should pay tax, presented debates both for and against the restoration of capital punishment, and interviewed Thatcher before she became P.M. It lacked 'gimmicks' such as bimbo presenters, dramatic music and glitzy sets, and went for the jugular.

'World' was axed in 1999, for reasons that are still unclear. In its old slot - Monday 8.30 P.M. - you can now see...another episode of 'Coronation Street'! Who says British television has dumbed down?

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1963 (UK) See more »

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