Tom Holman-Sheard - Harold

Duration: 5' 48

Britain was the world's first industrialised country. Its economy remains one of the largest, but for many years it has been based on service industries rather than on manufacturing. Since Harold Wilson’s famous 1963 ‘white heat of technology’ speech, Britain’s once industrial northern towns have undergone radical renovation leaving the ‘dark satanic mills’ and old Victorian rail networks still defining the landscape and echoing of an era gone by. Wilson nonetheless remains a legend of twentieth-century British politics – a man of the people (a quality perhaps missing in the politics of today…). His statue stands timeless outside the railway station of his birthplace Huddersfield, depicted here in the present. This film comments on the many ironies that time inevitably unveils.


Tom Holman-Sheard