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Monday 20 August 2018

Stephen Daldry's 2000 drama is that rare beast which manages to combine wonderful entertainment with a strong political message. Set against the background of the 1984 miners' strike, the story describes how the teenage title character (a knockout debut from Jamie Bell) strives to become a dancer with the help of an inspirational teacher (Julie Walters) and despite the reluctance of his father (Gary Lewis).

(Tuesday. BBC4, 9pm)

Stephen Daldry's 2000 drama is that rare beast which manages to combine wonderful entertainment with a strong political message. Set against the background of the 1984 miners' strike, the story describes how the teenage title character (a knockout debut from Jamie Bell) strives to become a dancer with the help of an inspirational teacher (Julie Walters) and despite the reluctance of his father (Gary Lewis).

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