Imagine being trapped in a tiny ship heading for America in 1617, not only are you unsure of whether you’ll make it, you also have no idea who your future husband will be if you reach your destination. The only thing you can be sure of is that even if the man who has paid for your passage turns out to be a rapist or drunkard, there’s no going back.
Writer Bill Gallagher, who also wrote Lark Rise to Candleford and Paradise, is experienced at drawing from real life events in history and when researching Jamestown, the first British settlement in America, decided he wanted to write a drama where women, despite being perceived as underdogs, use their intelligence to manipulate themselves into a position of power.
To try and turn this subject matter into a work of feminism was always going to be tricky. In