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South Riding

Episode #1.1 (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV-PG
TV Episode | 55 min | Drama

Blacksmith's daughter Sarah Burton returns to her native Yorkshire, after twenty years' teaching in London and South Africa, for an interview to be head mistress of Kiplington Girls' School. Her idealism impresses kindly Alderwoman Mrs. ...See moreBlacksmith's daughter Sarah Burton returns to her native Yorkshire, after twenty years' teaching in London and South Africa, for an interview to be head mistress of Kiplington Girls' School. Her idealism impresses kindly Alderwoman Mrs. Beddows and socialist Joe Astell but dour farmer Robert Carne opposes her eventual appointment. He has a withdrawn young daughter Midge, whom Mrs. Beddows persuades him to enroll at Sarah's school. After an awkward first day Midge comes to like Sarah and is befriended by Lydia Holly, a very bright girl who lives in the Shacks, a shanty town Joe is hoping to clear in order to build a modern housing estate for the residents. Councillor Anthony Snaith supports him but tells Joe that Carne is against them. Sarah seeks help in modernising the school building from another councillor, Huggins, a hypocritical lay preacher who is about to be forced to pay money to Bessy, a girl he has impregnated. Despite his initial antipathy, Carne comes to respect Sarah after she has helped him deliver a calf when her car runs out of petrol near his farm. The next day he goes to visit his wife Muriel in an institution. Written by don @ minifie-1 See less
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Writers
Winifred Holtby (novel) | Andrew Davies (screenplay)
Composer
Rob Lane (as Robert Lane)
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Status
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Updated Jan 3, 2011

Release date
Feb 20, 2011 (United Kingdom)
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David Morrissey
Robert Carne Robert Carne   See fewer
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Anna Maxwell Martin
Sarah Burton Sarah Burton   See fewer
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Penelope Wilton
Mrs. Beddows Mrs. Beddows   See fewer
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Peter Firth
Anthony Snaith Anthony Snaith   See fewer
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Douglas Henshall
Joe Astell Joe Astell   See fewer
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John Henshaw
Alfred Huggins Alfred Huggins   See fewer
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Katherine McGolpin
Midge Carne Midge Carne   See fewer
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Lydia Wilson
Muriel Carne Muriel Carne   See fewer
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Daniel West
Young Robert Carne Young Robert Carne   See fewer
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Penny Layden
Mrs. Huggins Mrs. Huggins   See fewer
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Wendy Patterson
Mrs. Oldroyd Mrs. Oldroyd   See fewer
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Janine Mellor
Bessy Warbuckle Bessy Warbuckle   See fewer
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Charlie May-Clark
Lydia Holly Lydia Holly   See fewer
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Jennifer Hennessy
Mrs. Holly Mrs. Holly   See fewer
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Shaun Dooley
Mr. Holly Mr. Holly   See fewer
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Ian Bartholomew
Gaius Drew Gaius Drew   See fewer
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William Rodell
Lord Port Lord Port   See fewer
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Brid Brennan
Miss Sigglesthwaite Miss Sigglesthwaite   See fewer
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John-Paul Hurley
Reg Aythorne (as John Paul Hurley) Reg Aythorne (as John Paul Hurley)   See fewer
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6.9 / 10 | 49 votes