Podcast, Nigel Barton
Following the sad death of Keith Barron at the end of 2017 we thought this was an ideal time to re-examine the Dennis Potter plays, Stand up, Nigel Barton and Vote, Vote, Vote For Nigel Barton.
First broadcast in 1965, these still speak to very live discussions about class, social mobility and the role both play in our lives. The second play in particular looks at the role of class in electoral politics.
There are no easy answers in Potter's plays. The fact is we're still asking all these questions today. But these were a fascinating - and highly autobiographical - look at the system that has stymied too many British lives for far too long, and the inability and unwillingness to change that from all classes.