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The Mill - Series One and Two

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  • The Mill - Series One and Two
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The Mill S1 and S2

Series One and Two

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Based on powerful true stories, The Mill tells the tale of workers at the time of the industrial revolution – a revolution that would build an empire for the bosses, and a new world of unionised labour and the vote for the workers.
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Series One

 

Based on a powerful true story, The Mill is a four-part drama set in the turbulent year of 1833, a time when industry is sweeping children as young as nine into the factories and mills to work 12-hour days.   But things are about to change as one feisty young girl, Esther Price (Kerrie Hayes) decides to take a stand against the mill-owners and the lackeys who rule their tired and hungry lives.

 

The Greg family pride themselves on treating their workers fairly; but in the hands of those who carry out their orders, from the Timperleys maintaining the apprentice house, to those overseeing the mill floor, kindness can soon become cruelty, with injustice and suppression the norm.

 

But the world is changing. Inside, Daniel Greg, the mill-owner’s son, is taking over the business and modernising ruthlessly; while outside, civil disobedience is on the rise. Times are changing for better or worse, and the balance of power is about to fall into the hands of a young girl called Esther Price.

 

Episode Guide 

 

1. 

It’s the darkness before dawn and the ringing of the Quarry Bank bell wakes the young apprentices for another twelve hours of work at the cotton mill. On this day Crout, the overseer, decides to molest young Miriam in the privy. As Crout is occupied young Tommy has an accident, crushing his hand in the whirling machinery. Crout conceals his negligence from Samuel Greg, the patriarchal Mill Master, and the boy is taken to the infirmary where his mangled hand is swiftly amputated.

 

2. 

Esther sets off to her court appearance in Manchester for assault while Timperley, the Apprentice House superintendent, heads for Liverpool to collect a replacement apprentice. At the Liverpool poorhouse he collects two girls along with a 2 guinea ‘sweetener’ for his employers. Meanwhile young Tommy, the recent amputee, fears he is no longer useful and likely to be sent back to the poorhouse himself.

 

3. 

Esther and Lucy run for Liverpool, narrowly escaping capture by Timperley and stealing his horse and cart to speed their progress. Once in Liverpool Esther pretends to be Catherine’s sister and calls in at the poorhouse to offer to take her away. To Esther’s surprise she discovers Catherine has never returned. When she comes out Timperley has recaptured Lucy and gone. Esther is now on her own in the City. 

 

4. 

With Lucy and Esther fearful that Timperley has killed Catherine (Lucy’s sister), the two apprentices try to flush him out by appealing to Hannah and then Daniel. All that happens is Timperley realises he is suspected. Daniel’s attempt to alert Doherty, the muck-raker and labour organiser, gets nowhere. Now it is a game of cat and mouse between Timperley and the girls. However, unbeknown to Esther, her own sister Martha has found one of Esther’s notes in Liverpool and calls in at Quarry Bank. Hannah and Timperley stonewall Martha without letting her see Esther, but Tommy is aware of the visit.

 

Series Two

 

Based on powerful true stories, The Mill continues its tale of workers at the time of the industrial revolution – a revolution that would build an empire for the bosses, and a new world of unionised labour and the vote for the workers.  But first, there is much to be done.

 

Young Esther Price, a girl not afraid to stand up for her rights almost loses her job, but instead finds herself negotiating her freedom.  As she prepares to move into a place of her own, life at the Mill faces new challenges.

 

Migrant labourers have arrived in the form of the Howlett family from down South and the father, John soon rises to the role of new overseer.   Paid by the piece his attempts to improve output, and his wages, may lead to disaster.  Another newcomer, Peter, is a Black apprentice brought over from the Greg Plantation in the West Indies to speak in favour of the abolition of slavery.  All around is change and striving, with workers rallying for their rights and the Greg Family struggling to maintain the status quo. 

 

Regardless, the future awaits them kicking and screaming like a newborn baby with all that is both good and bad still to come.

 

Contains Subtitles

 

 

Additional Information

Sub Name Series One and Two
Duration (mins) 0
Certificate 12
No. of Discs 4
Format DVD Region 2 (Europe)
Genre Drama
Author Acorn Media UK
Video No