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Season 1 1973

  • 1973-06-12T00:00:00+01:00 on ITV
  • 50 mins
  • 10 hours, 50 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama

Sam Wilson’s mother Dora has left her husband and taken Sam back with her to her hometown of Skellerton, a Yorkshire mining village.

13 episodes

1x01 A Way of Life

  • Series Premiere

    1973-06-12T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Sam and his mother arrive in Skellerton and try to settle in with their relatives.

1x02 Poor Law

  • 1973-06-19T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

The Labour Exchange is looking for Sam’s mother. Sam is taken on a tour of the local pit by his grandfather.

1x03 Leaving Home

  • 1973-06-26T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Sam is bullied at school. Sam’s mother starts a new relationship with Alan. Sam doesn’t like this and runs away.

1x05 A Day to Remember

  • 1973-07-11T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Sam is taken on a day out to the seaside.

1x06 The Cost of Living

  • 1973-07-18T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Sam’s mother and new partner set up a family home.

1x07 Out of the Blue

  • 1973-07-25T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Sam’s family come under pressure from the disapproving locals.

1x08 United We Stand

  • 1973-07-31T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Sam discovers a book written by his father. The pit workers are given notice.

1x09 The Beginning of Winter

  • 1973-08-07T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Sam's mother falls pregnant. Sam’s father sends a letter asking for money to be sent to him so that he can come home from Canada.

1x10 Where the Heart Is

  • 1973-08-14T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Dora passes away in hospital giving birth to a son, Leslie. Alan, devastated, decides to go south to look for work, leaving his mother to care for the baby. Sam’s uncle George goes with him.

1x11 Home From Home

  • 1973-08-21T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Frank is worried about Sam’s education and his grandfather wants to send him to a charity boarding school. Alan and George are disillusioned in the south and George returns home.

1x12 No Going Back

  • 1973-08-28T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Sam is at boarding school, hating it and longing to go home, but can’t, because of a diphtheria outbreak in Skellerton. After a fight at the school, he runs away and walks the fifty miles home.

1x13 Breadwinners

  • 1973-09-04T00:00:00+01:00 — 50 mins

Sam’s uncle Toby sets up a garment factory in the old chapel, providing work for the women of Skellerton, leaving the men at home. Sam finally goes down the pit with his grandfather.