1923. The Allinghams have had a good war and are now ensconced in a grander house, where Edmund is hosting a weekend party for the entertainment of his political sponsor, Lord Kilmartin.
The highlight of the weekend is a man hunt, with Bert Middleton as the quarry. He’s wagered Kilmartin £5 that he’ll win, saving up to leave the Village for a job in Sheffield.
John Middleton, now dairy farming, has been renting young Alf Rutter’s barn to house his 20 head of cattle and milking machine, but he’s in cash difficulties and Rutter refuses to wait for his rent.
The Allinghams lay on a boxing tournament on the cricket pitch for the entertainment of the villagers. Edmund takes the opportunity to make an election speech, but the Allinghams are surprised when Bill Gibby, the Labour candidate, follows him onto the podium to make an impassioned plea for the Left.
At the boxing ring men are challenged to win a pound if they survive a round with Ghana, a black boxer barred from competing professionally because of his colour. When the stakes increase to three pounds, Bert sees a chance to earn the barn rent and Kilmartin gets into the ring.
CAST: John Simm (John Middleton); Maxine Peake (Grace Middleton); Tom Varey (Bert Middleton); Chloe Rowley (Mary Middleton); David Ryall (Old Bert); Charlie Murphy (Martha Allingham); Juliet Stevenson (Clem Allingham); Augustus Prew (George Allingham); Emily Beecham (Caro Allingham); Rupert Evans (Edmund Allingham); Joe Armstrong (Stephen Bairstow); Matt Stokoe (Gerard Eyre); Phoebe Dyneover (Phoebe Rundle); Annabelle Apsion (Margaret); Ainsley Howard (Norma Hankin); Anthony Flanagan (Arnold Hankin); Andrew Gower (Gilbert Hankin); Chloe Harris (Agnes); Scott Handy (Robin Lane); Ben Batt (Alf Rutter); Julian Sands (Lord Kilmartin); Derek Riddell (Bill Gibby); Amelia Young (Polly); Jim Cartwright (Peter); John Elkington (Philip Rundle); Alex Robertson (Robert Read); Daniel Ezra (Ghana Jones); James Foster (Lenny Carr).
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