Jim Allen Retrospective: Still relevant after all these years

Jim Allen remains one of the most important British screenwriters. His work is driven by a clear commitment to socialist politics and is unafraid to ask important and still highly relevant questions about power, compassion and how we might strive to create a better world for all. What better time to revisit some of his key works.

Find out more about our Jim Allen Retrospective in this month’s film podcast. (Tune in from 1 minute 42 seconds).

Previously in this season

Double Bill: The Rank and File & In the Heel of the Hunt

Two more of Allen’s highly charged political dramas. The former a BBC Play for Today directed by Loach that was an immediate response to the…

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United Kingdom

Allen’s last major work for television, this drama is an expansive tale of a North East housing estate’s collective unwillingness to buckle under government cuts…

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Double Bill: A Choice of Evils & Willie’s Last Stand

Here we offer another double bill of Allen rarities. Firstly a studio play that explores the dilemmas faced by the Catholic Church in Italy in…

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The Spongers

Allen’s first collaboration with director Roland Joffé is an immensely powerful examination of a family struggling to stay afloat as benefits are slashed and Britain…

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Double Bill: The Lump + The Big Flame

Two firsts for Jim Allen make up this double bill. The Lump, his first contribution to the BBC’s Wednesday Play series, is an uncompromising exploration…

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Hidden Agenda

After years of collaboration Hidden Agenda marked the first feature film made by Allen and Loach. With a fantastic central performance from Brian Cox, and…

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Raining Stones

Directed by Ken Loach, Raining Stones is one of Allen’s best loved scripts. Set in Greater Manchester this moving story brings both humour and poignancy…

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Double Bill: Days of Hope Part 1 & Part 2

The four part series Days of Hope is Jim Allen’s most ambitious script and remains one of the most important pieces of political television drama…

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Double Bill: Days of Hope Part 3 & Part 4

The four part series Days of Hope is Jim Allen’s most ambitious script and remains one of the most important pieces of political television drama…

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Land and Freedom

Jim Allen’s last produced script, once more directed by Ken Loach, is a moving story of hope and betrayal. Informed by Allen’s rigorous political perspective…

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