Igenlode is a member of the BFI, and just noticed that this month's program includes a showing of "Stocker's Copper" at the National Film Theatre on the South Bank (Saturday 9th July) -- being prominently billed as "starring Gareth Thomas".http://www.the-medium-is-not-enough.com/2016/06/what_tvs_on_at_the_bfi_in_july_including_the_wedne.php
Stocker's Copper is well worth seeing. This is the part that really got Gareth established in TV.
He plays a Welsh policeman transferred to Cornwall during a clay miners strike. The script is based on historical events.
As a Welshman, he is naturally sympathetic to the Cornish miners, but as a policeman in a special unit and proud of his job, he is pulled in two directions.
He is billeted with a Cornish family and gets very close to them in spite of their initial resentment at having him foisted on them.
As the strike draws on, the situation starts to deteriorate and the mine owners demand action.
This is well written drama, set at in 1913, a time when most people would never travel beyond the area they grew up in. Communities were close and outsiders viewed with suspicion.
It's one of Gareth's best TV roles, he's young, handsome and working with a really good cast.
Here's the first part on YouTube (and parts 2 and 3 are also on You Tube - the picture quality isn't brilliant, so if you can see if at the NFT, then go for it!)