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

Up The Women

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two / BBC Four
  • 2013 - 2015
  • 9 episodes (2 series)

Sitcom set amidst the suffrage movement in early 20th Century Britain. Stars Jessica Hynes, Rebecca Front, Vicki Pepperdine, Judy Parfitt, Georgia Groome and more.

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Series 1, Episode 2

As the Craft Circle form plans to picket the local Post Office in protest, a shocking act of vandalism suggests they are perhaps not Banbury's only suffrage movement.

Preview clips

Further details

Up The Women. Image shows from L to R: Helen (Rebecca Front), Margaret (Jessica Hynes). Copyright: BBC / Baby Cow Productions

The newly formed 'Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Requests Women's Suffrage' is planning the first daring act in their effort to secure Votes for Women: they will picket the local Post Office.

However, when a statue of Venus is found vandalised, it soon becomes apparent that the Craft Circle may not be the only group of Suffragettes in Banbury.

Drafted in to investigate this crime is a face from Margaret's past: PC John Thackery. After initially just making routine enquiries, he quickly becomes concerned with the ladies' intentions. His suspicions roused, he begins to interview each of them in turn in order to deduce whether they are, in fact, the Suffragettes behind this act of vandalism.

Broadcast details

Thursday 6th June 2013
BBC Four
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 7th June 2013 2:35am BBC4
Wednesday 12th June 2013 11:15pm BBC4
Wednesday 20th June 2018 7:30pm BBC4

Cast & crew

Jessica Hynes Margaret
Rebecca Front Helen
Vicki Pepperdine Gwen
Judy Parfitt Myrtle
Georgia Groome Emily
Emma Pierson Eva
Ryan Sampson Thomas
Adrian Scarborough Frank
Guest cast
Dominic Coleman Officer John Thackeray
Writing team
Jessica Hynes Writer
Barunka O'Shaughnessy Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Swimer Writer (Additional Material)
Adam Kay Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Christine Gernon Director
Emma Strain Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Henry Normal Executive Producer
Lindsay Hughes Executive Producer
Liana Del Giudice Editor
Jim Holloway Production Designer


Eva's Placard

Eva worries that she's ruined her placard.

Featuring: Rebecca Front (Helen), Jessica Hynes (Margaret), Vicki Pepperdine (Gwen) & Emma Pierson (Eva).

Suffrage action

Margaret takes suggestions from the group about how they should protest.

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Rebecca Front (Helen), Georgia Groome (Emily), Jessica Hynes (Margaret), Judy Parfitt (Myrtle), Vicki Pepperdine (Gwen) & Emma Pierson (Eva).

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