The People Speak promises to be an inspiring antidote to sanitised and top-down histories of Britain.
Actors play the roles of ordinary people to tell their stories in their own words.
It includes Paul Foot’s speech at the funeral of Blair Peach, who was killed by police while protesting against fascists.
Co-director and actor Colin Firth said, “Corruption, sexual deviation, rebellion, struggles for power—none of that made it into my history lessons.”
He described The People Speak as “the perfect response to the abject misery of my history class”.
The People Speak. Directed by Anthony Arnove and Colin Firth. The History Channel, 9pm, Sunday 31 October.