Skip to Main Content
Skip to Main Navigation
Skip to Footer
Sign in / Register
TV On Demand
Film on TV
Film On Demand
The Year the Town Hall Shrank
E2 of 3
Series 1 - Episode 2
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Pinterest
Share on Google Plus
Share on Reddit
Email to a friend
It’s spring 2011 and, as the cuts kick in, Stoke’s politicians aren’t concentrating on their effects. They’re on the campaign trail. We watch the BNP as they try to capitalise on disaffection. This brilliant series offers an unusually nuanced view of the nationalist politicians – particularly Mickey, a naive man who is their local activist of the year but who seems bewildered when their demos are interrupted by shouts of “Nazi scum!”
Meanwhile, Heathside care home is closing and the residents must move to private facilities, an upheaval that the staff fear could kill them. Council leader Mohammed Pervez, who hopes to gain full control for Labour this time, nervously explains the “need to provide choice”.
The city's residents begin to feel the true extent of the 700 job losses and £36million in spending cuts approved by the council, including the closure of swimming pools, public toilets, libraries and the city farm, but with the local elections looming, politicians have to face up to the consequences of their decisions. The news arrives that a care home is being closed and its vulnerable patients evicted, making the employees worried about their futures.
Full Episode Guide
The alternative Baftas: what's missing from this year's nominations?
We pick a fifth nomination for the big categories - what would yours be?
That Week On TV: The Year the Town Hall Shrank, BBC4; The Thick of It, BBC2
Amazon Black Friday 2017 – the best discounts, deals and special offers right now
Peter Kay confirms Car Share will return in 2018
What are you most looking forward to in the Doctor Who Christmas special?
The Doctors clash in new Doctor Who Christmas special clip