The Village 2×01

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The Village 2×01

It’s the year 1923 in the village and the Middletons are barely making ends meet with their dairy farm while the Allinghams are hosting a house party for the arrogant and eccentric Lord Kilmartin (Julian Sand), who they hope will assist Edmund Allingham’s (Rupert Evans) political progress. Part of the entertainment is the traditional “Hare & Hound Race” with Bert Middleton (Tom Varey) volunteering as the runner.

With the help of his former teacher Gerrard Eyre (Matt Stokoe) and villager Margaret Boden (Annabelle Apsion), he manages to avoid capture and celebrates the victory with his friend Gilbert Hankin (Andrew Gower) and the rest of the village in the pub where they reminisce about the past. However, Lord Kilmartin accuses Bert of cheating and refuses to pay the prize money.

At a boxing competition, Edmund’s opening words are upstaged by the passionate speech by Labour candidate Bill Gibby (Derek Riddell). Determined to win enough money to leave the village and start a new life elsewhere, Bert enters the ring with black boxer Ghana Jones (Daniel Ezra) but loses. Bert’s mother Grace (Maxine Peake) finally decides to make a stand for her son and shames Edmund into paying Bert his money.

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