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Big Women is a television show about a group of women who decide to start their own feminist publishing house. Based on the 1977 book by the same name written by Fay Weldon, an English feminist author, the show begins in the 1970s and depicts the lives of these women through the end of the 1990s. It is set in London, England and is arranged so that each of the four episodes covers a different year in this span, including 1971, 1977, 1983 and 1996. The episodes are named Parts One, Two, Three and Four so that it follows the outline of the book. Stephie hosts the initial meeting where a young mother Zoe, the tentative feminist Daffy, the highly intelligent Alice, and the aggressive and energetic Layla decide to take on this venture, naming the publishing house Medusa. Throughout the course of the story the women argue about how much they should focus on feminist writing and try to agree on the purpose of their publishing. Zoe tries to get a novel of her own published but after her despotic husband ridicules it and tricks her into thinking it was rejected she commits suicide. Her family begins to tear itself apart as her husband, Bull, gradually falls apart and stops caring for the family, leaving all the responsibility to his 15 year old daughter, Saffron. Eventually the stress and drama of the publishing house wears too much on the women and Layla suggests that they should sell Medusa. Anastasia Hille, Diela Nardini, Annabelle Apsion and Jayne Ashbourne play the four main women and Ronan Vibert plays Bull. Big Women was released in July of 1998 only in the United Kingdom and included four 60 minute episodes. It was produced by Bandung Productions and distributed by Channel 4 Television Corporation.