The Village Series 2 Episode 1 Programme Information
1923. The Allinghams have had a good war and are now ensconced in a grander house, where Edmund is hosting a weekend party for the entertainment of his political sponsor, Lord Kilmartin.
The highlight of the weekend is a man hunt, with Bert Middleton as the quarry. He’s wagered Kilmartin £5 that he’ll win, saving up to leave the Village for a job in Sheffield.
John Middleton, now dairy farming, has been renting young Alf Rutter’s barn to house his 20 head of cattle and milking machine, but he’s in cash difficulties and Rutter refuses to wait for his rent.
The Allinghams lay on a boxing tournament on the cricket pitch for the entertainment of the villagers. Edmund takes the opportunity to make an election speech, but the Allinghams are surprised when Bill Gibby, the Labour candidate, follows him onto the podium to make an impassioned plea for the Left.
At the boxing ring men are challenged to win a pound if they survive a round with Ghana, a black boxer barred from competing professionally because of his colour. When the stakes increase to three pounds, Bert sees a chance to earn the barn rent and Kilmartin gets into the ring.
CAST: John Simm (John Middleton); Maxine Peake (Grace Middleton); Tom Varey (Bert Middleton); Chloe Rowley (Mary Middleton); David Ryall (Old Bert); Charlie Murphy (Martha Allingham); Juliet Stevenson (Clem Allingham); Augustus Prew (George Allingham); Emily Beecham (Caro Allingham); Rupert Evans (Edmund Allingham); Joe Armstrong (Stephen Bairstow); Matt Stokoe (Gerard Eyre); Phoebe Dyneover (Phoebe Rundle); Annabelle Apsion (Margaret); Ainsley Howard (Norma Hankin); Anthony Flanagan (Arnold Hankin); Andrew Gower (Gilbert Hankin); Chloe Harris (Agnes); Scott Handy (Robin Lane); Ben Batt (Alf Rutter); Julian Sands (Lord Kilmartin); Derek Riddell (Bill Gibby); Amelia Young (Polly); Jim Cartwright (Peter); John Elkington (Philip Rundle); Alex Robertson (Robert Read); Daniel Ezra (Ghana Jones); James Foster (Lenny Carr).
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The return of BBC One’s epic drama starring John Simm & Maxine Peake
The Village – introduction by Peter Moffat
Triple BAFTA nominated BBC One hit from last year returns with a second series set in the Roaring Twenties.
The BBC’s hugely ambitious plan to tell the story of the 20th century through the life of one Peak District village moves into the Jazz Age. The shock of the new will turn the lives of our villagers inside out.
Outsiders bring in music, dancing and new ways of thinking about love, sex and politics. Young Bert’s first love;Grace Middleton’s finding a voice; Edmund Allingham discovering power and falling in love with another man; the first black man in the village; love in the classroom – the life of the village leaves behind the trauma of The Great War and steps into the excitement of a brave new world. Marie Stopes, Einstein, the wireless, electricity, the vacuum cleaner, packets of crisps, the Charleston – how will a social revolution on this scale play out across the second series?
Peter Moffat says: “The working life of a writer is self-evidently a lonely one. You write on your own; it’s you, your imagination and the blank page. But making a long-running series like The Village, this becomes much less true. It’s the most collaborative writing experience I’ve ever had. I’ve spent long hours with all of the actors (there are are 28 speaking parts) talking about their characters – how they see them, how they think they might develop, when and where they feel I’ve got something wrong. It’s like having 28 researchers working really hard alongside you with the added benefit that those researchers will end up saying the words you write on screen. They’re as invested as it’s possible to be in the end product because six million people will judge them on it.
“Here’s an example. Joe Armstrong plays Bairstow. His character is an outsider – from Yorkshire. There’s a line in an episode in the new series where someone refers to the town Bairstow is from in Yorkshire. Joe rang me up and talked me through all the different Yorkshire accents and their nuances, subtle differences in tone and inflection and how the town I’d chosen for Bairstow’s home town wasn’t quite right because the accent he uses is slightly different. Brilliant. I love that kind of attention to detail.
“Our agricultural advisor is the former agricultural advisor for The Archers. I now know more about milking cows than I know about almost anything else in life. And I love it. Some of it’s on the screen, lots isn’t but the great privilege of spending a year learning about muddy udders at the same time as finding out about the arrival of the motor car, fairground boxing, the bill to ban lesbianism, 1920′s jazz, Marie Stopes, the first vacuum cleaners all make the experience of writing The Village a complete privilege.
“One of the major themes of the second series is the land and what it means to the people who live and work on it. Sitting in Rosie’s Tea Shop in Hayfield listening to the ramblers, cyclists, fell runners and local people one gets such a strong sense of how the great beauty, power and strength of this landscape shapes the character of the people and the way they think. The heartbreakingly beautiful countryside is the 29th character in The Village and arguably it’s the biggest role.
“The more time I spend up in Edale and around Hayfield and Glossop the more I love this rugged, beautiful, honest part of England and the more I understand how passionately people felt about it then and how much they care about it now.”
Gallery Update: Craven Series 3 Promos & Photoshoot
Updated the photo gallery with 14 new HQ photos… take a look:
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Happy Birthday, Maxine Peake!
Would like to wish a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on this special day to Britain’s finest actress
Happy Birthday, Maxine!
Maxine Peake in new radio drama ‘Pact’ on BBC Radio 4 next Friday - 11 July 2014
EDIT (13 July): If you missed Friday’s podcast you can listen to it again below, enjoy!
New dramatic fiction by the team that created the multi-award-winning radio drama, On It.
Two strangers. One goal.
The internet is a vast digital landscape. It has the potential to be an enlightened space – but also one that can reach some of the darkest corners of the human psyche. It’s a place to find likeminded individuals, support networks, other people with a similar outlook on life.
But what if your outlook on life, is death?
What if the first time you meet somebody you take your life together? What kind of support is that? A permanent solution to a temporary problem, a desolate dark place where all hope has disappeared.
A pact. Two strangers, one goal.
Original music by Richard Hawley
Written and directed by Tony Pitts
Produced by Sally Harrison
A Woolyback Production for BBC Radio 4.
Duration: 45 minutes
First broadcast: Friday 11 July 2014 at 14:15
Video Update: The Deep Blue Sea - Photo Shoot (2011)
I came across this photo shoot the other day, haven’t seen it before so thought why not post it here? Enjoy:
Video Update: Keeping Up with The Joneses - Clip & Trailer
A really short clip:
And the trailer in case you haven’t seen it yet:
Video Update: Maxine Peake & James Brining talk Beryl Burton
Love her Meryl Streep impression