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Gilbert Hankin (ANDREW GOWER), Gerrard Eyre (MATT STOKOE), Bert Middleton (TOM VAREY) Image copyright: Company Pictures Photographer: Laurence Cendrowicz

Andrew Gower played Gilbert Hankin in series two of BBC One’s The Village.

The Village is a BBC TV series written by Peter Moffat. The drama is set in a Derbyshire village in the 20th century. The first series of what Moffat hoped would become a 42-hour TV drama was broadcast in spring 2013 and covered the years 1914 to 1920. A second series was broadcast in autumn 2014, and continued the story into the 1920s. Future series were to be set during the Second World War, post-war Austerity Britain, and so on.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Gilbert is a childhood friend of Bert Middleton (played by newcomer Tom Varey), the son of series one’s main characters John and Grace Middleton (John Simm and Maxine Peake). In series one, Gilbert Hankin was played by child actor William Grindey.

Filming of series two began in Derbyshire in March 2014 and continued into July 2014. The series began on BBC One on Sunday 10 August 2014 and consisted of six episodes.

Watch some of Andrew’s scenes in his 2015 showreel:


  • The Village was the first project both Andrew and Stephen Walters worked on. They never met on set though as Stephen Walters left the show after series one to work on Outlander. However, Andrew watched series one as part of his research and was impressed by Walters’ acting.
    They then met en route to Morocco to film their scenes for A.D. – The Bible Continues and discovered that they had a common interest in the Beatles and Tommy Quickly which would later result in their documentary Humpty Dumpty.

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