Overly simple telling of a rather interesting moment in British industrial history is here reduced to a series of almost binary emotional tugs and ticks instead of the more focused and political tale that is briefly – and tantalisingly – revealed by the documentary inserts over the end-credits with the actual protagonists.
The dollops of unnecessary additional ‘human drama’ (the covert modelling, the ill husband, etc.) feel tacked-on and add little except gratuitous length and hardly flesh-out any characterisation. It’s all breezy and likeable enough, but very much in the undemanding Sunday-night-in-of-the-TV mode of much populist UK drama. It probably a couple of the teeth that made Brassed Off an altogether more angry piece of socio-populist drama.