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.
Alderman Mrs Emma Beddows
Alfred E. Huggins