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As a part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make the best use of material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record or access the material.

This Friday (21st October) marks the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster. There are a number of programmes airing that ask how the disaster happened, how the press responded to it, and how the community survived the unthinkable.


BBC Content

The Green Hollow (Friday 21st October, 9pm, BBC One Wales)

From the BBC:

A film poem to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, written by Owen Sheers and performed by a stellar cast of Wales’s best-known acting talent, including Michael Sheen, Jonathan Pryce, Sian Phillips, Eve Myles and Iwan Rheon, with some contributions from the local community.


Surviving Aberfan, (Monday 17th October, 9pm, BBC One Wales)

From the BBC:

In this film the people of Aberfan tell their stories of tragic loss, miraculous survival and heroic rescue. They also reveal how they have coped with the consequences of the disaster. This is their story of surviving Aberfan.


S4C Content

Aberfan Cantata Memoria (Available on S4C’s Clic)

A broadcast of the memorial concert held in the Millennium Centre on Saturday 8th October.


Aberfan Stori’r Cantata Memoria (Available on S4C’s Clic)

A special documentary offering a behind the scenes look at the preparations for the memorial concert.


ITV Content

The Aberfan Young Wives Club (available on ITVPlayer)

From ITV:

Featuring testimony from those affected by the tragedy, the documentary provides a vivid insight into the mining communities of south Wales. The programme also reflects how the spirit of Aberfan’s residents endured and how the village rebuilt itself over the years. Shortly after the disaster, a remarkable group of women, including bereaved mothers, got together to form the Aberfan Young Wives Club. 


BBC Radio Wales

Aberfan: Covering a Catastrophe (Friday 21st October, 1:15pm, BBC Radio Wales)

From the BBC:

Felicity Evans meets some of the journalists who reported on the Aberfan disaster and asks how well they served the community in the aftermath.

Aberfan: Memory and Meaning (Friday 21st October, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales)

From the BBC:

Dai Smith visits Aberfan 50 years on from the disaster and asks what meaning might be found in the deaths of so many people, caused by the industry meant to serve them.