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 2, Episode 1 - The Romance

Gwen disrupts the BICCPRWS hunger strike with cheese, while Thomas tries hopelessly to win Emily's heart.

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Further details

Up The Women. Image shows from L to R: Helen (Rebecca Front), Bertie Smuth (Tom Stourton). Copyright: BBC / Baby Cow Productions

It's 1910 and we're in Banbury church hall and the "Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely request Women's suffrage" are attempting to hunger strike in support of their sisters.

Margaret's flailing attempts to give up food for more than an hour are well and truly thwarted when Gwen arrives, she clean forgot they were supposed to be starving when she stocked up on cheese for everyone. Well, let's be honest "cheese doesn't really count as food if it's not between bread. Does it?"

Emily is angry that Helen is trying to set her up with Bertie Smuth the most eligible bachelor in the county until, that is, she meets Bertie Smuth the Jane Austen loving, Gilbert & Sulivan singing hunk. Myrtle suspects something odd about their betrothal and encourages Thomas to challenge Bertie for Emily's affection.

Will Thomas get his woman? Will the women exercise the will power to stop eating for longer than 5 minutes?

Broadcast details

Wednesday 21st January 2015
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Jessica Hynes Margaret
Rebecca Front Helen
Vicki Pepperdine Gwen
Judy Parfitt Myrtle
Georgia Groome Emily
Emma Pierson Eva
Ryan Sampson Thomas
Guest cast
Tom Stourton Bertie Smuth
Writing team
Jessica Hynes Writer
Barunka O'Shaughnessy Writer
Morwenna Banks Writer
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


Up the Women: Series 2 Trailer

The 'revolutionary' comedy comes to BBC Two.

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

Hunger strike

The idea of a hunger strike hasn't quite been understood.

Featuring: Jessica Hynes (Margaret), Judy Parfitt (Myrtle), Georgia Groome (Emily), Emma Pierson (Eva) & Ryan Sampson (Thomas).

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