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Suffragettes won!

April 7th, 2008 (08:39 pm)

On Saturday I wrote...

I hope that a repeat of the suffragist drama Shoulder to Shoulder, which Verity co-devised with Midge Mackenzie and Georgia Brown (also known for playing Worf's mother in Star Trek: The Next Generation, is in the offing.

I've not been paying attention to the Radio Times! Tonight on BBC 4, the Annie Kenney episode of Shoulder to Shoulder, following a repeat of Verity Lambert: Drama Queen.

ETA I'm watching this now. It's brilliant, and the gap of sixty years between the events described and the dramatization, and the thirty-four years between production and now, speak (if you excuse the cliché) of the worlds we have lost in the intervals.

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Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: April 8th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
tinkertoy 8/Martha

Well, in the words of Verity's own creation (or at the least, the one she midwifed into existence), 'nothing can be eternal', but it's still sad what's been lost.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 8th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

Nothing as painstaking as Shoulder to Shoulder would be made today; the impact of the entire series would have to be distilled into one or two (if lucky) programmes not that much longer than the eighty minutes of tonight's episode; the room for extended experiments with narrative and thematic argument (I gather that the episodes of Shoulder to Shoulder were a mixture of personality-led ones and themed ones - the write-up on screenonline tells of a twelve-minute didactic conversation which just wouldn't be attempted now.)

The other aspect, of course, is the positive attitude towards political and social emancipation and concerted collective action for a wider good as virtues in themselves; there would be much more concentration on what the individuals were gaining and losing now, though there are hints in the guilt Sylvia Pankhurst expresses over having frustrated painting ambitions, or her sister Christabel's flinty manipulativeness.

Edited at 2008-04-08 12:54 am (UTC)

Posted by: The Two Trees (arda_unmarred)
Posted at: April 8th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
portrait

Do you happen to know if the series is available anywhere (on DVD or maybe online)? Having read the screenonline synopsis I'm absolutely burning to see this!

Posted by: The Two Trees (arda_unmarred)
Posted at: April 8th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
PS
portrait

They did make at least one mistake in the write-up though: there was no "Labour Party" before 1906 :-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 8th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Re: PS

There was no mention of the Labour Party in 'Annie Kenney' as far as I remember - the ILP was mentioned, though, as the WSPU was allied to it, and Keir Hardie was a major character.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 8th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: PS

if you find it please tell me ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 8th, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)

The screenonline synopsis has a link through to episode one, though I think one has to be at a registered institution to see it. It's never been released on DVD, as far as I know, alas.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Zen

I should have a copy of Shoulder to Shoulder: Annie Kenney later this afternoon (he said mysteriously with a look at the skull and crossbones flying on his monitor...)

Posted by: The Two Trees (arda_unmarred)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Looking Out

Woo-hoo! If I supply you with a disk could I get a copy, pretty please? :)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)

Something along those lines should be possible... :)

Posted by: The Two Trees (arda_unmarred)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Looking Out

Great and thanks! I'm not back in Oxford yet, but when I am I'll let you know :)