Suffragette comedy based on Banbury
A new audience-based BBC4 sitcom telling the fictional story of the Banbury suffragette movement is being filmed in the next couple of weeks.
Up the Women, written by and also starring Spaced star Jessica Hynes, is set in 1910 at the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle in Banbury Church Hall.
Margaret has been to London and discovered the Women’s Suffrage movement so she decides they need to set up their own movement – and The Banbury Intricate Craft Circle becomes the hilariously ineffectual Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women’s Suffrage.
Hynes will star alongside Rebecca Front (The Thick of It) in the three-part comedy series made by the BBC’s in-house comedy department and Steve Coogan’s independent production company Baby Cow.
“It’s about a group of women who are in an embroidery circle and they then turn their attention to militant suffrage action.
“It’s a kind of a character study and hopefully, on a good day, it will be a kind of female Dad’s Army,” said the actress and writer in an interview with The Independent. Other famous faces who will be travelling back in time to early 20th Century Banbury are Vicki Pepperdine (Getting On), Sandi Toksvig, host of Radio 4’s The News Quiz and Judy Parfitt, Adrian Scarborough, Georgia Groome and Ryan Sampson.
In an interview with The Guardian, Head of BBC in-house comedy productions, Mark Freeland, said Hynes had “created a wonderful comic world, where over their embroidery, life is about to change for the women of Banbury”.
The production is going to be filmed at the BBC Television Centre in London in front of a live audience on Sunday, March 3, 10 and 17.
To apply for tickets, visit bbc.co.uk/tickets
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