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Written by Golda
(7/29/2013 4:17 a.m.)
Episode 1 of this 4 part series aired last night on Channel 4 in the UK. This is one period drama worth watching. The story revolves around the teenagers who are forced to apprentice at a mill because they are sold to the mill owners by the work houses. The children can leave when they are 21; the system is no different from slavery except they have an end date.
I just read some back story on the internet and learned that The Mill is based on a true story of the Quarry Bank Mill in rural Cheshire and it takes place in 1833. Apparently it is also filmed in the same mill, which is a National Trust property.
The mill owners are the Greg family, a prominent mill owning family of the era who also had a plantation in the West Indies. They seem to have their kind side as well as cruel by our standards. Predictably, there is a cruel overseer, making life even more difficult for the girls.
There is one feisty teen so far, Sarah, and I'm sure we will see more of her. I am also holding out hope for the newly hired engineer, who was bailed out of debtor's prison.
If you are in the UK, catch this series on Sunday nights at 8. If you are elsewhere, wait for it. I'm sure the following episodes won't disappoint.
Did anyone else see it?
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