Ken Loach, Cathy Come Home, 1966

This ground-breaking Ken Loach TV drama was watched by a quarter of the UK population on its first broadcast. It tells the story of an aspirational young woman whose life slides into homelessness and poverty. The television broadcast sparked questions in parliament about the welfare state’s role in protecting the vulnerable, and helped boost the launch of the housing charity Shelter. It remains one of the UK’ s best examples of how television can enact social change, and is still a catalyst for modern-day debate on social policy. It was voted second in the British Film Institute’s 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th Century. This screening included a Q&A with Tony Garnett, the film’s producer.

Dir. Ken Loach, BBC, UK, 1966, 100mins

TV at the Cinema: Cathy Come Home


Thu 6 March 2008, 8.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

Gateshead Old Town Hall
West Street
Gateshead NE8 1HE