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It's No Joke Living in Barnsley

Barnsley-born actor Brian Glover returns to his Yorkshire hometown in this RTS-winning portrait of 1970s working-class northern life.

Lifestyle show 1976 26 mins

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This funny and poignant short film, fronted by notable Yorkshire-born actor Brian Glover, presents the state of Barnsley’s contemporary cultural and social scenes. Glover uses his humour and charm to gain candid responses from local residents on both light-hearted and moving issues.

Brian Glover was a well-known figure in Yorkshire after starring in Ken Loach’s drama Kes (1969) as Mr Sugden. He went onto appear in the Hollywood film Alien 3 (1992).