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Series 2 - Episode 5
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The ground-down mill workers are exhorted by a preacher during Sunday service: “Servants, obey your earthly masters in everything.” But insurrection is thick in the air as the nationwide Chartist movement gathers momentum and men demand the right to have a say in Parliament.
At Quarry Bank union activist Daniel (Matthew McNulty) itches for a fight and urges everyone to join a national strike after their wages are cut yet again. There’s some heavy-handed symbolism as wicked mill boss William Greg insists “we are all in this together” but, unsurprisingly, he doesn’t get a sympathetic hearing.
As the bosses batten down for a walk-out Hannah Greg, who has a nasty case of Costume Drama Cough, needs to speak to Peter, the freed slave.
William is forced to lower wages as the cotton industry feels the impact of the recession, but the news doesn't go down well with Daniel, who believes the workers should withdraw their labour. Preparing for the worst, the boss mobilises troops in the area and appoints John to lead a new band of special constables. Esther's views on strike action change when the consequences of the cuts put her son Billy's life in danger and she joins Daniel at the forefront of the protest. However, when tensions escalate, William arms his men with clubs and sticks. Elsewhere, as Hannah's health declines, she receives a parcel from the plantation in Dominica and is horrified by its contents.
Cast & Crew
Katherine Rose Morley
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