Become an IMDbPro Member Today

Get access to the leading information resource for the entertainment industry

Find Contacts & Representation

Showcase Yourself

Follow Industry Trends

Stay connected with contact details for over 300,000 industry professionals and companies

Manage your photos and the credits you're Known For on IMDbPro, IMDb and Amazon Video

Keep up to date with entertainment news and follow in-development titles not available on IMDb

Start your 30-Day free trial
Already a member?

A Respectable Trade (1998– )

TV Mini-series | 60 min | Drama

The devastating consequences of the slave trade in 18th century Bristol are explored through the powerful but impossible attraction of well-born Frances and her Yoruban slave, Mehuru. Bristol in 1787 is booming, from its stinking docks to ...See moreThe devastating consequences of the slave trade in 18th century Bristol are explored through the powerful but impossible attraction of well-born Frances and her Yoruban slave, Mehuru. Bristol in 1787 is booming, from its stinking docks to its elegant new houses. Josiah Cole (Warren Clarke), a small dockside trader, is prepared to gamble everything to join the big players of the city. But he needs ready cash and a well-connected wife. An arranged marriage to Frances Scott (Emma Fielding) is a mutually convenient solution. Trading her social contacts for Josiah's protection, Frances enters the world of the Bristol merchants and finds her life and fortune dependent on the respectable trade of sugar, rum and slaves. Among the slaves is the educated and charismatic Mehuru (Ariyon Bakare). Lonely in her new life married to a boorish and uneducated husband with whom she has little in common, Frances finds herself increasingly drawn to Mehuru and him to her. But tensions are mounting and Mehuru and the other slaves are prepared to risk everything for their freedom. See less
Read more: Plot summary
Seasons
Writer
Philippa Gregory (screenplay)
Composer
Cinematographer
Production Designer
Trending
MOVIEmeter
Members only
Status
Edit Released
Updated Apr 19, 1998

Release date (First episode)
Oct 25, 1998 (United States)

Contacts

Become a member to access contact information

Cast

+ Add Cast
38 cast members
Name STARmeter Episodes Known for
Ralph Brown
Dr. Hadley Dr. Hadley   See fewer
Members only
2
Richard Briers
Sir Charles Fairley Sir Charles Fairley   See fewer
Members only
2
Grahame Fox
John Bates John Bates   See fewer
Members only
2
Jenny Agutter
Lady Scott Lady Scott   See fewer
Top 5000
2
Simon Williams
Lord Scott Lord Scott   See fewer
Members only
2
Ariyon Bakare
Mehuru / Moses Mehuru / Moses   See fewer
Members only
2
Members only
2
Members only
2
Stephen Bent
Foreman Foreman   See fewer
Members only
2
Members only
2
Warren Clarke
Josiah Cole Josiah Cole   See fewer
Members only
2
Francis Crampsie
Bates' Man Bates' Man   See fewer
Members only
2
Cait Davis
Brown Brown   See fewer
Members only
2
Members only
2
Emma Fielding
Frances Scott Cole Frances Scott Cole   See fewer
Members only
2
David Foxxe
Mr. Woolwick Mr. Woolwick   See fewer
Members only
2
Geoffrey Greenhill
Mr. Shore Mr. Shore   See fewer
Members only
2
Anna Massey
Sarah Cole Sarah Cole   See fewer
Members only
2
Rachel Bisdee
Flower Seller Flower Seller   See fewer
Members only
1
Claire Huckle
Sophia Snelling Sophia Snelling   See fewer
Members only
1
Jenny Jules
Elizabeth Elizabeth   See fewer
Members only
1
Junior Laniyan
Matthew Matthew   See fewer
Members only
1
Russell Mabey
Sailor Sailor   See fewer
Members only
1
Members only
1
Matthew Marsh
Stephen Waring Stephen Waring   See fewer
Members only
1
Abigail McKern
Mrs. Shore Mrs. Shore   See fewer
Members only
1
Paul McNeilly
Captain Smedley Captain Smedley   See fewer
Members only
1
Tanya Moodie
Rachel Rachel   See fewer
Members only
1
Richardson Morgan
Sam Fielding Sam Fielding   See fewer
Members only
1
Campbell Morrison
Jack Kedge Jack Kedge   See fewer
Members only
1
Lloyd Notice
Samuel Samuel   See fewer
Members only
1
Hugh Quarshie
Caesar Peters Caesar Peters   See fewer
Members only
1
Members only
1
Jake Ritzema
Link Boy Link Boy   See fewer
Members only
1
Charlotte Robson
Wet Nurse Wet Nurse   See fewer
Members only
1
Dinah Stabb
Mrs. Waring Mrs. Waring   See fewer
Members only
1
Members only
Julian Gough
Workman (uncredited) Workman (uncredited)   See fewer
Members only
1
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.

MOVIEmeter

Members only

Become a member to access additional data

Ratings Breakdown

7.9 / 10 | 94 votes