Watch South Riding
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South Riding is a 20th century novel by Englishwoman Winifred Holtby, and published after her death, which has twice been adapted for television. Once, in 1974, as a thirteen episode series, and a second time, in 2011, as a three part serial program. Both were period dramas depicting the life and times of several individuals in the fictional Yorkshire town of South Riding during the Depression era of the 1930s. The 2011 adaptation consisted of three episodes, each sixty minutes in length. Over the span of 180 minutes, the serial covered individuals such as Sarah Burton, a new headmistress for the local school played by actress Anna Martin; politician Robert Carne played by actor David Morrissey; Joe Astell, an impoverished socialist played by actor Douglas Henshall; and Mrs. Beddows, the first woman to be elected alderman within the South Riding municipality and played by actress Penelope Wilton. The 2011 version features direction by the British Diarmuid Lawrence and was written for the screen by Andrew Davies, also British.