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3rd February 2018

Who wants to try their hand at the rag trade? New TV show is looking for volunteers

BY: Nathan Spackman

Producers of a new BBC TV programme are looking for volunteers who wish to step back in time and find out what life was like through three pivotal decades for British manufacturing: the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

The BBC hopes to highlight the role tens of thousands of women played in clothing the nation.

Factory Girls will turn the spotlight on their efforts to show the role these ‘unsung heroines” played at a time of huge change for industry and for women entering the workforce.

The programme will offer today’s women the chance to find out what life was like in the factories of those decades, but it’s not just for women; men can also take part or share memories of life in factories at the time.

Filming will take place in south Wales over two weeks in April of this year, when a former clothing factory will be brought back to life. The successful applicants will take the roles of sewing machinists, supervisors and factory manager.

The Factory Girls team would also like to hear from women who worked in clothing factories at that time and are ready to share tales of life on the shop floor.

Anyone wishing to apply for the project or for further details about the programme can email factorygirls@walltowall.co.uk or call 02920 329145.

The Rag Trade was a British television sitcom broadcast by the BBC between 1961 and 1963 and by LWT between 1977 and 1978.

It starred, among others, Shelia Hnacock, Peter Jones, Miriam Karlin, Barbara Windsor, and Wanda Ventham (Benedict Cumberbatch’s mother).

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