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Stainless Steel Centenary: 2 upcoming broadcasts

20 Jan 2014

We thought you would like to know about 2 broadcasts coming up over the next couple of weeks - both commissioned as part of the celebrations of 100 Years of Stainless Steel:


Sunday 26 January, 9.00-10.10pm, BBC FOUR

Storyville: The Big Melt

A film by Martin Wallace and Jarvis Cocker, The Big Melt combines 100 years of footage from the BFI National Archive with a score recorded live at the Crucible Theatre on the opening night of Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2013 to tell the story of steel, the story of the men in the steelworks and the story of Sheffield.


Taking us on a musical journey into the soul of a nation, The Big Melt brings to life the ghosts of our past, taking us into the belly of the furnaces and showing how our national character has been stamped from the mighty presses of our industrial heritage.


Sunday 2 February, 18.45, BBC Radio 3

Staying Bright - A Century Of Stainless Steel

Has this been the Stainless Steel Age? The metal has entered the fabric of our lives in the 100 years since it was identified by Harry Brearley, a metallurgist in Sheffield, in 1913. The poet Simon Armitage travels in this programme to the heart of Stainless.

Simon visits Sheffield: Outokumpu where Stainless is made and Portland Works, where the first ever stainless steel knife blade was forged; Canary Wharf, in London, for its architecture; and the sculptor, Antony Gormley, who is working on a new stainless steel bodyform. With Gormley and other metal lovers, Simon finds out what Stainless tells us about our time and about time itself.




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