The British At Work (4×60′) – Kirsty Young’s trademark engaging and inquisitive presence combines with intimate testimony and vibrant archive in this major four-part exploration of the post-war British workplace which, like it or not, dominates the bulk of our time.
For many people, their relationship with work is one of the most important connections they make in their lives. It is the arena in which many find self-fulfilment, and is tightly bound to social status. Work is also a place to find best friends, close colleagues, comrades, lovers and enemies.
The British At Work talks to people with vivid recollections of how work has changed, hears stories of practical changes and discovers what it was like to run effective workplaces before the emergence of the technologies now taken for granted.
It is also a story of revolutions in working practices and more subtle changes which ripple through workplaces over years of transformation, of personality clashes and petty disputes that colour the experience of work.
Producer: BBC Current Affairs
TX: Autumn/Winter 2010/2011