The Mill on Channel 4 – Series 1

I have some seriously exciting news for you all this week! Back in February Channel 4 filmed their first ever factually inspired historical drama series at Quarry Bank, in conjunction with Darlow Smithson Productions. After five months of us staff and volunteers itching with impatience, the show is airing on Sunday 28th July at 8pm!

Apprentices working in the mule room
Apprentices working in the mule room

The series is a clever blend of fact and fiction, but based on stories from our archives here at Quarry Bank. The Greg family feature heavily, as do several apprentices who we have only ever known through records and are now brought to life, including runaways Esther Price and Lucy Garner.

The apprentice girls
The apprentice girls

The drama explores a turbulent period of the Mill’s history; a period in which workers and apprentices begin to fight for their rights against their employers.  At the same time, the Greg family are dealing with their own struggles as the battle for control of the Mill escalates between the head of the firm and founder of Quarry Bank, Samuel Greg, and his son, Robert Hyde Greg.

 

Kevin McNally as Mr Timperley
Kevin McNally as Mr Timperley
Donald Sumpter as Samuel Greg
Donald Sumpter as Samuel Greg

If you want the fact behind the fiction then take a look at our page dedicated to The Mill, as well as our history pages: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank-mill/our-work/the-mill/http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank-mill/history/

Quarry Bank Mill was set dressed so it appeared as it did in the 1830s
Quarry Bank Mill was set dressed so it appeared as it did in the 1830s

All the exterior shots of the Mill were actually filmed on site, as were all the exterior and interior shots in the Apprentice House, with some scenes taking place in the actual rooms they happened in nearly 200 years ago. As the Mill is now a museum the production team set up a few mule rooms in Murray Mill in Manchester for the interior Mill scenes.

Apprentice boys in the dormitory at the Apprentice House
Apprentice boys in the dormitory at the Apprentice House

The series stars several well-known actors including Donald Sumpter as Samuel Greg, who has recently starred in Game of Thrones, and Kevin McNally as Apprentice House superintendent Mr Timperley, who played Mr Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Jamie Draven as Robert Hyde Greg, Kerrie Hayes as Esther Price and Craig Parkinson as Charlie Crout
Jamie Draven as Robert Hyde Greg, Kerrie Hayes as Esther Price and Craig Parkinson as Charlie Crout

I was lucky enough to have a sneek peak of the first episode at the press launch and I cannot wait to see the second episode in August, we all feel it really captures the atmosphere of Quarry Bank in the 1830s.

Breakfast time for the apprentices - porridge so thick you can eat it out of your hands!
Breakfast time for the apprentices – porridge so thick you can eat it out of your hands!

Here is a link to the trailer as well as some articles which include interviews with the actors and writers:

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YacizJRW4WI

http://video.uk.msn.com/watch/video/new-drama-captures-history-of-mill/2i4vsqnj?from=gallery_en-gb&sf=Relevancy

http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-culture/liverpool-arts/2013/07/11/tv-interview-liverpool-screenwriter-john-fay-on-new-channel-4-drama-the-mill-99623-33588580/

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-07-17/channel-4s-new-historical-drama-the-mill-to-air-at-the-end-of-the-month

Laura

Photos courtesy of Ryan McNamara and Channel 4 Picture Publicity.

Advertisements

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Les Smith says:

    Great article Laura.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s