Set in Banbury, 1910, a group of villagers, formerly known as the ‘Banbury Intricate Craft Circle’ have set up their own, ineffectual, movement, calling themselves The Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women’s Suffrage having been inspired by the Women’s Suffrage Movement in London.
The first series saw the group picket the post office, overcome inner-circle disputes and receive a visit from the great Emmeline Pankhurst herself, but what next for the movement? What schemes will be cooked up in circle’s headquarters, Banbury Church Hall? The second series promises six more wittily written instalments of the group’s exploits and more excellent comic performances from its talented cast.
Jessica Hynes says: “I am very pleased that the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women’s Suffrage, BICCPRWS, will continue to convene on the British Broadcasting Corporation. Our members are thrilled and our passion for social change through militancy burns brighter than ever. We are composing an incendiary pamphlet and designing our very own BICCPRWS egg cosies to celebrate this momentous occasion. Up The Women!”
Each half hour episode of Up The Women also stars Judy Parfitt, Adrian Scarborough, Georgia Groome, Ryan Sampson and Emma Pierson.