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Special events and interviews

Shoulder to Shoulder

+ Q&A with actors Dame Siân Phillips, Angela Down and Patricia Quinn and directors Moira Armstrong and Waris Hussein

A unique chance for you to see this TV dramatisation of the Suffragettes’ story in full, on the big screen.

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BBC 1974
Dirs Waris Hussein, Moira Armstrong
With Siân Phillips, Patricia Quinn, Angela Down, Georgia Brown, Patience Collier
Total runtime 448min + 3 intervals + 30min Q&A

12:00-21:25 NFT3

Devised by actress Georgia Brown, script editor Midge Mackenzie and producer Verity Lambert, Shoulder to Shoulder dramatises women’s struggle to gain the right to vote, fought between 1895 and 1918. Each episode covers a different chapter in the Suffragettes’ story, and as the series unfolds we meet the Pankhursts, Annie Kenney and Lady Constance Lytton. The scripts, by major writers such as Alan Plater and Hugh Whitmore, don’t shy away from controversies within the women’s movement or the darker punishments they received. Considered a remarkable achievement at the time, the series is rarely seen, with only one repeat since its original transmission in 1974 – so this is a unique opportunity to witness the most comprehensive and powerful examination of women’s suffrage in its entirety.

Full details of the day for customers who only wish to attend part of the event:

12:00 - 14:30 Episodes 1 & 2: The Pankhursts; Annie Kenney
14:30 - 14:45 15min interval
14:45 - 17:15 Episodes 3 & 4: Lady Constance Lytton; Christabel Pankhurst
17:15 - 18:00 45min interval
18:00 - 18:45 Panel Discussion & Q&A
18:45 - 20:00 Episode 5: Outrage
20:00 - 20:10 10min interval
20:10 - 21:25 Episode 6: Sylvia Pankhurst

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