Simpsons strike episode on industrial action day, a coincidence says Channel 4

Channel 4 was congratulated by viewers for showing an episode of Simpsons centered around workers’ rights on the day industrial action spread in the UK, but the broadcaster said it was a coincidence.

His channel airs American cartoons at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays as The Last Exit to Springfield, a four-part episode considered by many to be one of the show’s best.

The story pits Homer Simpson against Mr Burns to fight for his employees’ dental plan, culminating in a strike at the power plant.


The Simpsons author Matt Groening (left) and the voice of Homer Dan Castellaneta (Ian West/PA)

Mr. Burns turned off the city’s electricity in retaliation, but the solidarity of the workers eventually forced him to take action, and Homer won back the dental plan.

Meanwhile, Wednesday was described as the country’s biggest strike day in a decade, with workers striking in increasingly acrimonious disputes over pay, jobs and working conditions.

“March Wednesday” saw thousands of schools closed for the day due to the action of the National Education Union (NEU) and fences were erected outside train stations, schools, government offices and universities across the country.


Strikers and supporters of the National Education Union (NEU) at Trafalgar Square, London (James Manning/PA)

It didn’t take long for Channel 4 viewers to discover the connection between the day’s industrial activity and the themes featured on Wednesday’s Simpsons show.

“The Simpsons. Channel 4. The plot is very fitting considering the number of strikes going on,” Alex Ramsden tweeted.

“Channel 4 is broadcasting the Simpsons strike episode. Solidarity,” wrote Twitter user Hannah Fretwell.

“Good job Channel 4 showed the episode The Simpsons where all the power plant workers went on strike!” tweeted a Twitter user simply called Jim.

However, the broadcaster confirmed to the PA news agency that the timing was just a coincidence. Simpsons strike episode on industrial action day, a coincidence says Channel 4

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