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The Mark Steel Lectures. Mark Steel
The Mark Steel Lectures

The Mark Steel Lectures

  • TV factual / stand-up
  • BBC Four
  • 2002 - 2006
  • 18 episodes (3 series)

Series telling the story of some of the world's greatest names, from Byron to Pankhurst, in an accessible, comic manner. Features Mark Steel and Martin Hyder.


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Series 2, Episode 5 - Sylvia Pankhurst

A history of the pioneering life of suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst , from her schooldays in Manchester to her relationship with the leader of the Labour Party.

Further details

Tracing her life from schooldays in radical Manchester to retirement in rural Essex, when Haile Selassie occasionally came to call, Sylvia Pankhurst the revolutionary and Rastafarian sympathiser is brought to life as only Mark Steel can. From a bed-in with Keir Hardie to Kill Bill style ju-jitsu, here's everything you didn't know about this pioneer of democracy.

Recalling a time when Manchester was the most radical city in Britain, this latest instalment in Mark Steel's comedy lecture series resonates with today's human rights campaigners and anti-war radicals, as well as containing a short section revealing the best type of stone to smash windows with.

Broadcast details

Friday 3rd December 2004
BBC Four
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Mark Steel Host / Presenter
Martin Hyder Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Emma Kennedy Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Mark Steel Writer
Pete Sinclair Writer (Additional Material)
James Serafinowicz (as James Sezchuan) Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Michael Cumming Director
Jon Rolph Producer
Emma De'Ath Executive Producer
Graham Smith Executive Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer
Jon Blow Editor
Phil Moss Editor
Geoff Slack Costume Designer
Sarah Burrows Make-up Designer

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