The Year the Town Hall Shrank

Close-up of female resident at old people’s home


Production Company: Blast!

Channel: BBC Four

Date: 10/2012–12/2012

The story of how Stoke-on-Trent council struggled to cope with the impact of the largest funding cuts to local government ever imposed by central government.

Awards: Grierson, Best Documentary Series


There were over 40 previews across listings magazines and nationals, including several Picks of the Day. Time Out gave it five stars and the Daily Mail gave it four. There were six national reviews. BBC Midlands Today ran a primetime news item on the eve of transmission. Director David Nath authored two pieces – a comment piece for the Independent and a feature for BBC Online.