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Stocker's Copper 

It's not easy being a striker with a strike-breaking policeman billeted in your home but Manuel Stocker and Herbert Griffith manage to make a go of it. Until events turn violent.

Director:

Jack Gold

Writer:

Tom Clarke
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Gareth Thomas ... Herbert Griffith
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... Manuel Stocker
Jane Lapotaire ... Alice Stocker
Tony Caunter Tony Caunter ... Vincent
Malcolm Tierney ... Rev. Booth Coventry
Dominic Allan Dominic Allan ... Glamorgan Sgt.
William Moore William Moore ... Engine Man
Angela Billing Angela Billing ... Stocker Child
Barry Hawken Barry Hawken ... Stocker Child
Harry Littlewood ... Clayworker
Michael Beint Michael Beint ... Cornish Supt.
Don McKillop Don McKillop ... Cornish P.C.
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Storyline

It's not easy being a striker with a strike-breaking policeman billeted in your home but Manuel Stocker and Herbert Griffith manage to make a go of it. Until events turn violent.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1972 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, England, UK

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in August 1913. See more »

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Featured in World War One at Home: Whose Side Are You On? (2014) See more »

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TV Drama at its best
25 April 2010 | by raytwSee 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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