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"Shoulder to Shoulder" (1974) More at IMDbPro »

Season: 1
Year: 1974


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The Pankhursts

3 April 1974
In 1895 the progressive Labour candidate Richard Pankhurst fails to be elected as the MP for Gorton in Manchester but assures his wife Emmeline and elder daughters Christabel and Sylvia that one day socialism will triumph. Three years later he has died of stomach ulcers with art student Sylvia, who kept a vigil by his bed, feeling guilty. Emmeline opens a shop but maintains strong links with the Labour movement through its leader Keir Hardie and, whilst Sylvia is more interested in social work, Christabel becomes a fierce spokesperson for female suffrage due to her friendship with feminist Eva Gore-Booth. After Sylvia has encountered sexism at the local Labour club Emmeline decides to form her own party the Women's Social and Political Union.

Siân Phillips ... Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst
Angela Down ... Sylvia Pankhurst

Patricia Quinn ... Christabel Pankhurst
Liz Ashley ... Mrs. Rose Hyland
Pat Beckett ... Mrs. Morrissey
Iona Christie ... Harry (aged 3)

Michael Gough ... Dr. Richard Pankhurst
Sheila Grant ... Teresa Billington
Nicola Jacobs ... Adela (aged 6)
Roy Jacobs ... Harry (aged 10)

Sylvia Kay ... Ellen
Jane Knowles ... Shop Assistant
Rosemary Macvie ... Miss Roper
Martin Matthews ... Philip Snowden
Kenneth McClellan ... Returning Officer
Antonia Pemberton ... Dr. Margaret Bell
Louise Plank ... Adela (aged 12)
Jenny Till ... Eva Gore-Booth
Wendy Underwood ... Christabel (aged 12)
Bill Ward ... Man in Hall

Season 1, Episode 2: Annie Kenney

10 April 1974
Northern mill worker Annie Kenney, fifth of eleven children, is inspired by a speech given by Christabel, with whom she demands votes for women at a Liberal meeting, resulting in them both being imprisoned. Annie travels to London with the Pankhursts, meeting Keir Hardie, who introduces her to Frederick and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, an enlightened couple whom she persuades to assist the union with funds and facilities. Not only is Annie extremely good at getting donations from sympathizers but proves herself to be an outstanding orator at the union's first public meeting at the Caxton Hall.

Siân Phillips ... Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst
Angela Down ... Sylvia Pankhurst

Patricia Quinn ... Christabel Pankhurst
Sheila Allen ... Mrs. Pethick-Lawrence

Georgia Brown ... Annie Kenney
Suzan Cameron ... Jessie Kenney
Gerald Case ... Chairman
Dennis Chinnery ... Robert Bell
Basil Clarke ... Halliday
Hazel Coppen ... Mrs. Roe
Jon Croft ... Charlie

Anne Dyson ... Mrs. Kenney
Sheila Grant ... Teresa Billington

Robert Hardy ... Asquith
Ronald Hines ... Mr. Pethick-Lawrence

Philip Jackson ... Carrick

Fulton Mackay ... Keir Hardie
Sally Miles ... Flora Drummond
Verne Morgan ... Butler
James Taylor ... Chatterton
Molly Urquhart ... Mary

Season 1, Episode 3: Lady Constance Lytton

17 April 1974
Through patronage of an arts movement for working class girls high-born Lady Constance Lytton meets members of the W.S.P.U. and, whilst sympathetic to the cause, opposes militant action. However, as she discovers government bigotry and intransigence and realizes that her family name has no influence in helping the movement her attitude changes. She is arrested and imprisoned after a demonstration but finds that her title gives her privileges denied other convicts and consequently adopts the name Jane Warton for further campaigns. As a result she is subjected to the barbarities of force-feeding and, whilst she survives long enough to see female enfranchisement, her prison experiences exacerbate her heart condition, subjecting her to life as an invalid.

Siân Phillips ... Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst

Patricia Quinn ... Christabel Pankhurst
Sheila Allen ... Mrs. Pethick-Lawrence
Carrie Lee Baker ... Girl in Lincoln's Inn Hotel
Christopher Banks ... Curtis Bennett
Eve Belton ... Catherine Hogan

James Bree ... Medical Officer 2
Bridget Brice ... Ruth

Georgia Brown ... Annie Kenney
Suzan Cameron ... Jessie Kenney
Elizabeth Cassidy ... Girl in Holloway
Geoffrey Chater ... Prison Governor, Holloway
Patience Collier ... Lady Lytton
John Dunbar ... Sir Albert de Rutzen
Margaret Ford ... Emily Lutyens
Petronella Ford ... Elsa Gye
Peter Geddis ... Lloyd George
Susan Glanville ... Marie Brackenbury

Jenny Laird ... Matron of Holloway
Lala Lloyd ... Wardress 3
Elisabeth Lynne ... Rogers
Sally Miles ... Flora Drummond

Jonathan Newth ... Lord Lytton

Judy Parfitt ... Lady Constance Lytton
Hilary Sesta ... Wardress 1

Anthony Sharp ... Medical Officer 1, Walton
Pam St. Clement ... Holloway Wardress
Sally Travers ... Wardress 2
Helen Weir ... Betty Balfour

Season 1, Episode 4: Christabel Pankhurst

24 April 1974
In 1910 composer Ethel Smythe joins the union, writing its anthem The March of the Women though the Pankhursts are more concerned with Asquith's rejection of the Conciliation Bill, which would offer limited female suffrage. As a result they embark upon a more aggressive campaign of window smashing and sabotage. Mrs Pankhurst and the Pethick-Lawrences are jailed and Christabel escapes to France, from where she plans a greater degree of militancy, to the dismay of the more moderate Sylvia and Mr and Mrs Pethick-Lawrence.

Siân Phillips ... Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst
Angela Down ... Sylvia Pankhurst

Patricia Quinn ... Christabel Pankhurst
Sheila Allen ... Mrs. Pethick-Lawrence
Rosalind Bailey ... Woman on train
John Boxer ... Judge

Georgia Brown ... Annie Kenney

Claire Davenport ... Nurse Pine

Robert Hardy ... Asquith
Ronald Hines ... Mr. Pethick-Lawrence
Lorna Kilner ... Wardress
John Lawrence ... Doctor

Fulton Mackay ... Keir Hardie
Ronald Mayer ... Constable on Platform
Sally Miles ... Flora Drummond
Natasha Morgan ... Muriel Delahaye
Maureen Morris ... Adela Pankhurst
Maureen Pryor ... Dr. Ethel Smyth
Michael Rose ... Magistrate
Stuart Saunders ... Detective Inspector
Frank Sieman ... Bailiff
Joy Turpin ... Evelyn Sharp
Bruce White ... Constable in court
Lewis Wilson ... Detective Inspector
Marguerite Young ... Lady Blessey

Season 1, Episode 5: Outrage

1 May 1974
Disturbed by Christabel's militancy and aggressive attitude Sylvia moves to the East end of London to start the East London Federation of Suffragettes, aiming to improve the lives of working women. Meanwhile the government enforces harsher measures against the union members, leading to more extreme acts of defiance such as Mary Richardson's destruction of Velazquez's painting the Rokeby Venus and the demonstration by Emily Davison at the Derby, leading to her death.

Siân Phillips ... Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst
Angela Down ... Sylvia Pankhurst

Patricia Quinn ... Christabel Pankhurst
James Appleby ... Warder
Rosalind Ayres ... Maisie Dunn
Sheila Ballantine ... Emily Wilding Davison
Irene Barnett ... East End girl #1
Ray Barron ... Labourer #1

Georgia Brown ... Annie Kenney
Tricia Clarke ... Ida Kittell
Valerie Colgan ... Mary Richardson
Clifford Cox ... Labourer #2

Claire Davenport ... Nurse Pine
Harry Davis ... Workman

Hazel Douglas ... Alice Marlowe
John Garvin ... Prison Doctor

Bob Hoskins ... Jack Dunn

Richard Hurndall ... Reader
Andonia Katsaros ... Melvina Walker
Tom Macaulay ... Junior Minister
Lucinda MacDonald ... May Kittell
Ray Marioni ... Waiter
Sally Miles ... Flora Drummond
Beryl Nesbitt ... Woman at Bazaar
Maureen Pryor ... Dr. Ethel Smyth
Pamela Saire ... East End girl #2
Nickola Sterne ... Wardress
Lans Traverse ... Zellie Emerson
Anne-Louise Wakefield ... Stella Kittell
Shelagh Wilcocks ... Woman Prisoner

Season 1, Episode 6: Sylvia Pankhurst

8 May 1974
Weakened by another spell in prison Sylvia Pankhurst joins her mother on a visit to Christabel in Paris but the sisters clash over Sylvia's support for Irish Home Rule. Indeed Christabel's elitism and disregard for the role of working class women in the W.S.P.U. leads Sylvia to form a breakaway group, causing a rift with her mother. Militarism is put aside on the outbreak of war and Mrs Pankhurst insists that women can be instrumental in the war effort though again Sylvia's pacifist view puts her odds with her family. Ironically it is the role of women in helping win the conflict that would appear to contribute to their enfranchisement in 1918, rather than their militarism or suffering.

Siân Phillips ... Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst
Angela Down ... Sylvia Pankhurst

Patricia Quinn ... Christabel Pankhurst
Peggy Aitchison ... Mrs. Payne

Cyril Appleton ... Insp. Riley

Georgia Brown ... Annie Kenney
Christine Edmunds ... Marthe

David Ellison ... Policeman
Mark Elwes ... Asquith's Secretary
Margaret Flint ... Mrs. Savoy (as Maggie Flint)
Myra Frances ... Norah Smyth
Peter Geddis ... Lloyd George
Melanie Gibson ... Sylvia (aged 10)

Michael Gough ... Dr. Richard Pankhurst
Andonia Katsaros ... Melvina Walker

Fulton Mackay ... Keir Hardie
Pamela Manson ... Woman at the London Pavilion
Sally Miles ... Flora Drummond
Arnold Peters ... George Lansbury
Maureen Pryor ... Dr. Ethel Smyth
Donald Tandy ... Inspector
Lans Traverse ... Zellie Emerson

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