In 1912 pompous industrialist Arthur Birling, who has hopes of a knighthood, his superior wife Sybil and young son Eric are celebrating the engagement of daughter Sheila to eligible Gerald Croft when they are visited by blunt Inspector Goole. He tells them of the suicide of a young woman named Eva Smith and though they all claim not to have known her the inspector demonstrates that each in their own way contributed to her downfall, by having her dismissed from work or, in the young men's cases, having sexual relationships and then abandoning her. After Goole has left the youngsters feel ashamed and the engagement is halted but Arthur Birling, doubting the inspector's authority, rings the local police station. This is the prelude to a double shock which will lead to the family's humiliation and ruin.
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First aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 13th September 2015. See more
The dead woman is shown in a flashback having her photograph taken, and the view through the camera view finder shows the image the right way up. However, the scene is set in 1912 and in those days the view through the view finder was always upside down. See more
Do you believe in God?
How can you?
I can't believe in people. I have to believe in something, or I'd fall - fall down through the cracks. Never stop falling.
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