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.

Series 1, Episode 3

When iconic suffrage movement leader Emmeline Pankhurst stops in Banbury to visit the group, not all turns out as expected. Except in the eyes of Helen, who it seems is no stranger to Ms Pankhurst...

Further details

Up The Women. Emmeline Pankhurst (Sandi Toksvig). Copyright: BBC / Baby Cow Productions.

Margaret has written to the great Emmeline Pankhurst to tell her of the exploits of Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Requests Women's Suffrage: picketing the Post Office. The group are surprised when a response from Mrs Pankhurst herself arrives, announcing that she will be taking in Banbury on her tour of Oxfordshire and wishes to attend one of the group's meetings.

The ladies soon realise that Mrs Pankhurst's arrival is more imminent than previously thought and elaborate preparations for their 'Great Women Through the Ages' pageant are greatly condensed - and Gwen whips up her 10-minute trifle in just five.

However, when she arrives, the leader of the Suffragette movement doesn't quite match up to the great lady the women had envisioned. All of them except Helen that is, who, it emerges, has a history with Mrs Pankhurst, and her arrival brings back less than favourable memories.

Broadcast details

Thursday 13th June 2013
BBC Four
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
Sandi Toksvig Emmeline Pankhurst
Sam Battersea Parthenope
Clare Warde Ezmeralda
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


The letter

Margaret has a letter from Emmeline Pankhurst.

Featuring: Jessica Hynes (Margaret), Vicki Pepperdine (Gwen), Judy Parfitt (Myrtle).

Emmeline is here

The Banbury Intricate Craft Circle has a special visitor.

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Featuring: Jessica Hynes (Margaret), Sandi Toksvig (Emmeline Pankhurst), Rebecca Front (Helen), Vicki Pepperdine (Gwen), Adrian Scarborough (Frank).


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