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South Riding

1 9 7 4 (UK)
13 x 50 minute episodes

Based on Winifred Holtby’s 1936 novel, this Yorkshire Television production of South Riding was voted the Society of Film and Television Arts’ Best Drama Series for 1974.

Headmistress Sarah Burton (Dorothy Tutin) is staunchly Labour but falls for Tory landowner, fox hunting Robert Carne (Nigel Davenport) who is married and his wife is insane.

Hermione Baddeley is superb as Emma Beddows, the first female alderman in the county (based on Alice Holtby), who has made herself indispensable to her community in compensation for an embittered marriage and is infatuated with a man young enough to be her son.

John Cater shines as Anthony Snaith, whose manipulations just manage to stay within the law, but who has a genuine desire to improve his community. He is a lonely man whose only emotional outlet is his love for his cats.

Sarah Burton
Dorothy Tutin
Alderman Mrs Emma Beddows
Hermione Baddeley
Robert Carne
Nigel Davenport
Midge Carne
Judi Bowker
Joe Astell
Norman Jones
Alfred E. Huggins
Clive Swift
Anthony Snaith
John Cater
Lydia Holly
Lesley Dunlop
Tom Sawdon
Bernard Kay
Barney Holly
Ray Mort
Bill Heyer
John Comer