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 of exploitation and resistance within the building trade. The Big Flame was Allen’s first collaboration with director Ken Loach and remains a blistering dissection of a strike and occupation of the Liverpool docks.

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

The Lump
Dir Jack Gold/GB 1967/75 mins
Leslie Sands, Colin Farrell, Joby Blanshard


The Big Flame
Dir Ken Loach /GB 1969/85 mins
Norman Rossington, Godfrey Quigley, Peter Kerrigan