Coal House

Coal House

For the building constructed of coal, see Coal House (Williamson, West Virginia).
Coal House is a British television series made by Indus Films for BBC Wales, and broadcast by the BBC in October and November 2007. Series 1 was set in the depressed economic coalfields of 1927, while Series 2 will be set in 1944 as World War Two draws to a close.

Plot

The series follows three or more families, who are placed in an as authentic as possible location which replicates the life style of Welsh people of that period of time. The chosen families leave all 21st century luxuries behind, swapping a modern high-tech life for a miner's cottage in the Welsh hills of Blaenavon.

Production

Series 1

Filmed from early October 2007 and shown from late October 2007, three families (the Cartwright family from Penarth, the Griffiths family from Ceredigion; and the Phillips family from the Vale of Glamorgan), cope with daily life as the Welsh mining community lived it 80 years ago - a year after the last general strike and before the pits were nationalised.

For the men and boys over 14 there was the harsh reality of long walks to work over mountains in all weather, to face a long day as coal miners at Blaentillery No.2 Mine - the last working mine of its kind in the UK. Meanwhile, the women had to run the home under 1927 conditions, keeping the children fed, watered and clean. Even making a cup of tea involved the hard work of collecting water from a pump and lighting a fire.

A special hour-length final episode was recorded which included footage from a Hunger March Concert held at Park Street Chapel, Blaenafon. Blaenavon Male Voice Choir took part in the concert, along with members of the Coal House families who sang and recited verse.

Series 2

Coal House at War will be filmed in October 2008 in the same Blaenavon location, but set in 1944.

Three families - The Griffiths family from Ammanford, the Paisey family from Cardiff and the Tranter Davies family from Merthyr Tydfil - will have to live life as it was in a mining community during the Second World War. In an attempt to gain an insight into how people lived during the War, they will be swapping a hectic 21st century life for a more simplified way of living.

As with the first series, the men and boys over 14 will have to work a long day as coal miners at Blaentillery No.2 Mine. Once again, they will have to cope with the demands of the mine owner, Mr Blandford.

The women will have to run the home under 1944 conditions, which will include war work and feeding their families with limited rations. The families will be joined by evacuees and Bevin Boys who were conscripted to fight and then sent to dig for coal.

Setting

The series is filmed mostly on location in period cottages at Stack Square, Blaenafon. The Stack Square cottages were built between 1789-92 to house part of the Blaenafon Ironworks workforce.

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