16 episodes

Fifty years ago Mansfield was a vibrant mining and manufacturing hub and a safe Labour seat. Today, a blue brick in the UK’s old red industrial wall, the town seems less certain of its identity and role in the world. What does the future hold for Mansfield?

Presented by Robert Shore and his mum. Produced by Matt Downing, who also provided the music. Theme tune performed by Bobby and the Midlanders.

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    • History

Fifty years ago Mansfield was a vibrant mining and manufacturing hub and a safe Labour seat. Today, a blue brick in the UK’s old red industrial wall, the town seems less certain of its identity and role in the world. What does the future hold for Mansfield?

Presented by Robert Shore and his mum. Produced by Matt Downing, who also provided the music. Theme tune performed by Bobby and the Midlanders.

    Episode 16: Cannes, Sundance, Mansfield – All the Major Film Festivals…

    Episode 16: Cannes, Sundance, Mansfield – All the Major Film Festivals…

    You’ve heard of the Cannes Film Festival. You may know about Sundance, the largest independent film festival in the US, too. And now we have the first edition of the Mansfield Town Film Festival, opening on 14 July! We talk to festival director Jay Martin.

    • 34 min
    Episode 15: A Portrait of Mansfield in Five Films

    Episode 15: A Portrait of Mansfield in Five Films

    If you wanted to give a friend an idea about Mansfield by recommending them five films to watch, which would you choose? As the inaugural Mansfield Film Festival approaches, film critic Muriel Zagha tells us about five great films that capture Mansfield life through the ages. 

    • 50 min
    Episode 14: “A famous little club that’s never been noticed” – the Stags, now and then

    Episode 14: “A famous little club that’s never been noticed” – the Stags, now and then

    As the season ends, we talk to Dale and Ted (his dad) about their staggering Stags adventures and about Mansfield Town FC now and across the past 77 years...

    • 33 min
    Episode 13: The Making of a Musical Masterpiece

    Episode 13: The Making of a Musical Masterpiece

    We join Mansfield superstar Bobby Midlander in the studio with producer Mattie Dee as they put the final touches to this year's Christmas number one (fingers crossed).

    • 8 min
    Episode 12: It’s Chriiiistma-nsfield! The Story behind Mansfield’s Christmas Lights

    Episode 12: It’s Chriiiistma-nsfield! The Story behind Mansfield’s Christmas Lights

    Today Mansfield has one of best Christmas light displays in the Midlands. Everyone knows that. But did you also know that just 20 years ago it looked as though the lights would be switched off completely? We talk to the man who helped save Christmas, retired local businessman Bill Taylor, who tells us an inspiring tale about what communities can achieve when they make up their minds to bring about positive change.
     
    And if you haven’t seen it before, this clip from 1963 about how Mansfield’s Regent Street got its Christmas angels is well worth five minutes of your time: https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/christmas_regent_street_angels/zdwhxyc  

    • 34 min
    Episode 11: Paul McCartney Was Here! Remembering the Granada, Mansfield’s Entertainment Palace

    Episode 11: Paul McCartney Was Here! Remembering the Granada, Mansfield’s Entertainment Palace

    John Lennon or Mick Jagger? Keith Richards or Paul McCartney? It didn't matter which you preferred, in the 1960s you could have watched them all strutting their stuff on stage in Mansfield. The wonderful Watko joins us to talk about the Granada and the golden age for entertainment in Mansfield when the best acts in the world descended on the town centre to perform.
    Watko's brilliant Granada archive can be found here:
    https://thegranadamansfield.co.uk/

    • 44 min

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