A drama following a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community during World War II.

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 Steph Farrow (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
Brian Fletcher ...
 Little Stan Farrow (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Frances Barden (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
Ruth Gemmell ...
 Sarah Collingborne (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
Claire Price ...
 Miriam Brindsley (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Bryn Brindsley (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Pat Simms (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
Daisy Badger ...
 Claire Hillman (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
Frances Grey ...
 Erica Campbell (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Alison Scotlock (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Teresa Fenchurch (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Bob Simms (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Laura Campbell (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Dr. Will Campbell / ... (12 episodes, 2015-2016)
Mark Umbers ...
 Nick Lucas (11 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Joyce Cameron (11 episodes, 2015-2016)
Jodie Hamblet ...
 Jenny Marshall (11 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Spencer Wilson (10 episodes, 2015-2016)
Jacqueline Pilton ...
 Cookie (9 episodes, 2015-2016)
Jim Whelan ...
 Thumbs (9 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 David Brindsley (8 episodes, 2015-2016)
Gillian Dean ...
 Isobel Reilly (8 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Kate Campbell / ... (7 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Marek Novotny (6 episodes, 2016)
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 AC Tom Halliwell (6 episodes, 2016)
Chris Coghill ...
 Stanley Farrow / ... (6 episodes, 2015-2016)
Nicola Sloane ...
 Hazel Flintham (5 episodes, 2015)
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 Richard Bowers (5 episodes, 2015-2016)
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The drama follows a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community where the shadow of World War II is casting a dark cloud over their lives. The isolated village couldn't feel further away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields and yet it is not immune from the effects of war. As the conflict takes hold, and separates the women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the women find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world.

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Nobody understands the true cost of war better than women

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The open scene of each episode is always from the POV of Steph Farrow. See more »

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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #20.109 (2015) See more »

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An outstanding evocation of a fascinating era
7 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is an absolute delight to see a drama about the Second World War from the women's perspective. From the outset I was gripped by the characters. The anxiety among the entire village of what might be to come casts a pall over the country in the late summer of 1939. Stunning sets and achingly beautiful cinematography with sweeping shots of the glorious Cheshire countryside, this drama nevertheless holds the promise of great menace and danger to come. Simon Block has created characters that are emotionally intelligent and with great integrity and authenticity, translated effortlessly into outstanding performances by a stellar cast. The imminence of the war and the women's determination not to be cowed by whatever the next few months might bring is never stronger than in the very first scene: strong femininity versus the brutal machines of war. I know whose side I am on.


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