Thursday, 26 January 2017

Tonight's Tele Tip: Lefties, BBC4 10pm

There is what sounds like an interesting three-part documentary series starting on BBC4 tonight looking at examples of extreme left activism in the British society of the '70s and '80s entitled, predictably enough, Lefties  

I had presumed that Lefties was a new documentary series but upon further investigation I find that this is actually a repeat of a series originally broadcast on BBC4 in 2006 and which, bizarrely, past me by at the time. Presumably the corporation has considered it ripe for a repeat with the rise in socialist politics that has stemmed from Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour party.

Tonight's episode, Property is Theft, focuses on Villa Road in Brixton which, in the 1970s, was a series of squats whose residents lived by their beliefs in communal living, collective activism and a Marxist ideology. The other episodes in the series are Angry Wimmin, which looks at the Revolutionary Feminist Movement of the 1970s which proposed the notion of 'political lesbianism' and the withdrawal of sexual relations with men, and A Lot of Balls which explores the failed attempt by the News on Sunday to launch a left wing mass market Sunday newspaper in the 1980s.


  1. anyone know the song played at the beginning and end of this programme?

    Cheers, Alex

    1. Stumped me too I'm afraid. I've tried typing the lyrics into google but it's coming up with nothing. Hopefully someone passing might know....

      Annoyed the beeb saw fit to just show this one ep, rather than the whole series :(

  2. Sol Invictus / come the morning, i believe...cheers mike

  3. Of course! Tony Wakeford,he was in the programme wasn't he

    Thanks a lot Mike