on the powerful true stories
of workers at the real-life Quarry Bank
Mill during the time of the Industrial
Revolution, The Mill has established
itself as a staple must-watch on
Channel 4 television and the exciting
second series is now coming to DVD...
SET AGAINST A TURBULENT PERIOD OF UNREST as the poor fight to be heard, and
following on from the hugely successful first series, Channel 4 Television's
The Mill Series Two continues the stories of the Greg family who own
Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire and the lives of those who work for them in a brilliant
and compulsive second series.
Covering the period between 1828 and 1842 a time of significant
social and political changes during which time the Poor Law Amendment Act of
1834 unfairly made a distinction between the so-called "deserving" and "undeserving"
poor, The Mill draws its inspiration from the historical archive of the real
Quarry Bank Mill.
The Mill is a brave
and raw period drama
vividly reflecting the
six-part second series sees young, outspoken Esther Price (Kerrie Hayes: Black
Mirror; Nowhere Boy) begin a passionate romance with newcomer Will Whittaker
(Mark Strepan), a gifted shoemaker who arrives from the South with his family
under the new migrant labour scheme, although he has an understanding with a
girl he has left behind.
With orphaned Will is his grandfather Abe (Dave Hill), his tetchy Uncle John
Howlett (Mark Frost: Doctors) and aunt Rebecca (Laura Main) with their sons
Job (Matthew McGreevy), Jack (Joshua Isherwood) and Timothy (Ewan Phillips).
Poor farmers who have lost everything and thankful to have a job and a roof
over their head, John and his two youngest sons begin work at the mill and very
soon John has risen to overseer.
A hard taskmaster, his attempts to improve productivity and increase his wages
almost lead to disaster; but he is determined to work, no matter what and is
to suffer tragedy and loss that only strengthens his resolve to care for his
Miriam Catterall (Sacha Parkinson: Coronation Street; My Mad Fat Diary)
befriends newcomer Peter Gardener (Sope Dirisu), a former slave turned apprentice
who has been brought over from the Greg Plantation in the West Indies (Dominica)
by Mrs Hannah Greg (Barbara Marten) to give talks at her meetings to bring about
the abolition of slavery. Few black people are seen in England and their friendship
causes malicious gossip.
Miriam's sister Susannah (Holly Lucas: Holby City; Where The Heart Is),
who has a child by mill-owner's son William Greg (Andrew Lee-Potts), supports
her husband, gifted engineer Daniel Bate (Matthew McNulty), as he fights to
get Parliament to listen to the grievances of the workers and the injustices
they suffer which ultimately leads to the workers taking strike action.
Encouraged by Daniel, Esther becomes involved in promoting women's rights. Having
been faced with the prospect of losing her job and thwarted in her endeavours
to find a job for her sister at the mill, she is finally offered a paid position
and a home in the cellar beneath the Howlett's home. But in spite of her outward
confidence, she is soon to suffer heartache and a dreadful tragedy…
Compelling and utterly convincing, The Mill is a brave and raw period
drama vividly reflecting the changing times around the Industrial Revolution
as the Greg family struggle to keep their business operating and their workers
from joining the common cause.
The Mill also features: Katherine Rose Morley as Lucy; Shannon Metcalfe
as Mary-Ann; Sam Woodcock as George; Holly Kenny as Patience; Ciaran Griffiths
as Boon; Vicky Binns as Martha; Aidan McArdle as John Doberty; Morgan Watkins
as George Windell; Justin Salinger as James Windell; Kate Coogan as Annie; and
Lauren McQueen as Molly.
Mill Series Two aired on Channel 4 on 20 July 2014 and is released in the
UK, courtesy of RLJ Entertainment's Acorn Label and along with The Mill Series
One & Two, on DVD on 8 September 2014.
Product Details The Mill Series Two: Certificate: 12 | Running Time:
282 Minutes Approximately | Catalogue Number: AV3172 | RRP: £19.99.
The Mill Series One & Two: Certificate: 12 | Running Time: 471 Minutes
Approximately | Catalogue Number: AV3173 | RRP: £29.99.
Special Features: The Mill Behind The Scenes | Picture Gallery.
"Compelling and utterly convincing, The Mill is a brave and raw period
drama vividly reflecting the changing times around the Industrial Revolution"