The Last Miners: Series 1
Two-part documentary following the workers at Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, the last deep coal mine in Britain, as it prepares to close.
The programme joins workers on their commute to work – dropping over 800 metres below ground before taking a workmen’s train for four miles to the coalface. As temperatures rise to 33 degrees, it is a hostile and dangerous environment to work in, but their black humour is never far from the surface. A number of mechanical breakdowns put them behind schedule, which is a worry for the last members of the management team working above ground on bringing the closure in on target. Just when everything looks like it is back on track, an unexpected incident causes alarm for everyone.
It is the final week before the closure of the mine, when every miner at Kellingley will lose their job. We follow the story of Sheldon, Jonesy, Kev and Jack through the last few days of cutting, as the last piece of coal is cut and the machines are switched off for the very last time. Above ground, emotions run high as they say goodbye not only to each other but also to a way of life which has supported them for decades. We follow what happens to them as they start looking for new work. Some adapt easily to their new life above ground, but for others it is a struggle to readjust and to find new employment. Will they secure themselves a future beyond the pit?