The Big Melt: Sheffield steel story on TV

The Big Melt
The Big Melt

The story of Sheffield’s steel industry is being brought to the small screen thanks to famous city singer Jarvis Cocker.

The Big Melt uses footage from the British Film Industry’s 100-year archive to tell the tale of men in the steelworks and Sheffield’s great industrial heritage.

The Storyville show, which features Jarvis and fellow Sheffield singer Richard Hawley recorded live at the opening of last year’s Doc/Fest in the city, is on BBC Four tomorrow, at 9pm.

It has been created by Martin Wallace and former Pulp frontman Jarvis, who grew up in Intake.

The 70-minute story is set to Jarvis’ soundtrack recorded live at the Crucible theatre last year and featuring members of Pulp, the City of Sheffield Brass Band and Hawley, among others.

Jarvis said: “I only hope we can pay proper homage to the extraordinary individuals featured.”