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Lefties is a three-part 2006 BBC documentary series investigating some aspects of the extreme Left of British politics in the 1970s.[1] Lefties was produced and directed by Vanessa Engle.

The series was commissioned by the then Controller of BBC Four, Janice Hadlow.[2] Lefties was produced as a companion series to Tory! Tory! Tory! an overview of the New Right and Thatcherism. Hadlow believed that so called 'serious television' was vital in driving ideas, and her commissions were a critical and ratings success.[3]


The series consisted of three episodes.

Episode Name First Broadcast Description
Property is Theft 8 February 2006 The non-conformist squatters living in South London in the 1970s.
Angry Wimmin 15 February 2006 The story of a form of radical feminism in the 1970s.
A Lot of Balls 22 February 2006 The formation of the News on Sunday, a left-wing tabloid newspaper formed in 1987.

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  1. ^ "BBC Four Documentaries - Lefties". BBC. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "In praise of ... digital television". The Guardian. 1 May 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Gibson, Owen (23 January 2007). "Hadlow in plea for 'serious TV'". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 

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