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Factory Girls – Now Recruiting!

Written by on 16th January 2018


A brand new BBC programme is looking for volunteers eager to step back in time and find out what life was like through three pivotal decades for British manufacturing – the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The BBC is embarking on an ambitious project aimed at highlighting the role tens of thousands of women played in clothing the nation. Factory Girls will turn the spotlight on their efforts to show the vital role these unsung heroes played at a time of huge change for industry and for women entering the workforce.

Co-commissioned by BBC Wales and BBC Specialist Factual Commissioning and produced by production company Wall to Wall, the series will focus on women who worked in factories throughout Wales in post-war Britain. And they’re offering today’s working women the chance to find out what life was like in the factories of the 60s, 70s and 80s. But it’s not just for women; men can also take part or share memories of life in factories at the time.

Filming will take place in south Wales over two weeks in April of this year, when a former clothing factory will be brought back to life. The successful applicants will take the roles of sewing machinists, supervisors and factory manager.

Casting Producer Sophie Fairs says

“We’re looking for people with a passion for the past and a sense of curiosity about the working lives of women who can rise to a challenge and work in a very different environment to the one we’re used to today. . . It’s certainly not for the faint hearted; it’ll be hard work meeting deadlines day after day but it will also be a chance to be part of history and celebrate the achievements, humour and camaraderie found on the factory floor.”

Anyone wishing to apply for the project or get further details about the programme can email us at or call 02920 329145.

The Factory Girls team would also like to hear from women who worked in clothing factories during the 60s, 70s and 80s and are ready to share tales of life on the shop floor…