Up The Women. Image shows from L to R: Helen (Rebecca Front), Margaret (Jessica Hynes).

Up The Women

BBC Two and BBC Four sitcom about the suffrage movement. 9 episodes (2 series), 2013 - 2015. Stars Jessica Hynes, Rebecca Front, Vicki Pepperdine, Judy Parfitt and others.

Up The Women. Image shows from L to R: Frank (Adrian Scarborough), Helen (Rebecca Front), Gwen (Vicki Pepperdine), Emily (Georgia Groome), Margaret (Jessica Hynes), Eva (Emma Pierson), Myrtle (Judy Parfitt), Thomas (Ryan Sampson).

Up The Women

Sitcom set amidst the suffrage movement in early 20th Century Britain

2013 - 2015
BBC Two, BBC Four
9   (2 series)
Jessica Hynes
Jessica Hynes, Rebecca Front, Vicki Pepperdine, Judy Parfitt, Georgia Groome, Emma Pierson, Ryan Sampson and Adrian Scarborough
Jessica Hynes, Barunka O'Shaughnessy and Morwenna Banks
Christine Gernon
Emma Strain

It's 1910 and we're in Banbury church hall at the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle. Margaret has been to London and discovered the Women's Suffrage movement so she decides they need to set up their own movement and The Banbury Intricate Craft Circle becomes the hilariously ineffectual Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women's Suffrage.

Gwen is the only member who actually enjoys the craft element of the meetings; while Helen thinks that craft is a little unnecessary, she's not interested in women's rights: "What on earth do women need a vote for? My husband votes for who I tell him to vote for. What could be a better system than that?"

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 30th May 2013 on BBC Four at 8:30pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 25th February 2015 on BBC Two at 10pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Thursday 21st June 2018 at 7:30pm on BBC4

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