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South Riding 

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1974  
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Series cast summary:
Dorothy Tutin ...  Sarah Burton 13 episodes, 1974
Hermione Baddeley ...  Mrs. Beddows 12 episodes, 1974
Nigel Davenport ...  Robert Carne 11 episodes, 1974
Judi Bowker ...  Midge Carne 10 episodes, 1974
Clive Swift ...  Alfred E. Huggins / ... 9 episodes, 1974
John Cater ...  Anthony Snaith 8 episodes, 1974
Norman Jones ...  Joe Astell 8 episodes, 1974
Lesley Dunlop ...  Lydia Holly 7 episodes, 1974
Bernard Kay ...  Tom Sawdon 7 episodes, 1974
Ray Mort ...  Barney Holly 7 episodes, 1974
John Comer ...  Bill Heyer 7 episodes, 1974
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UK

Language:

English

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16 September 1974 (UK) See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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North Riding, East Riding and West Riding are the real parts of Yorkshire, a riding being a third part of an area. A South Riding therefore could never have existed, but was created by Winifred Holtby to cover the East Riding south of Flamborough (Hardrashead) and east of Hull (Kingsport). The main town in the story, Kiplington, is a hybrid of Withernsea and Hornsea. See more »

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A modern Jane Eyre
2 November 2006 | by lyn_hardySee all my reviews

A great televisions series starring Dorothy Tutin and Nigel Davenport in the early 1970's. The main character, Headmistress Sarah Burton, based on the authouress, Winifred Holtby, is staunchly Labour but falls for Tory landowner, fox hunting Robert Carne who is married and his wife is insane. (Jane Eyre lives on!) There are some fantastic characters in this, Mrs Alderman Bellows being one of them, and many young actors carved their names in this series.

The representation of the women who work in the public sphere in South Riding points to the problems encountered by women in the post-war period. Sarah Burton, the headmistress of Kiplington High School for Girls, is the heroine of South Riding. She is a successful and independent woman. Her success is, however, dependent upon the fact that she works in female education. This was the only arena where women did not have to compete with men. The other important female character in this novel is Alderman Mrs. Beddows, who is the first woman Alderman on the South Riding County Council. In the 1930s, work in local government (an extension of the public work long practised by middle-class women) offered women more opportunities than work in national politics.


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