South Riding: Miniseries (2011)


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Air date: May 1, 2011
Air date: May 8, 2011
Air date: May 15, 2011

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This three-part adaptation of Winifred Holtby's 1936 novel "South Riding" follows fiery teacher Sarah Burton (Anna Maxwell-Martin), who returns home to Yorkshire to apply for the headmistress position at a girls' school. She also butts heads with brooding landowner Robert Carne (David Morrissey), who dislikes her social agenda and pacifist views.


David Morrissey
as Robert Carne
Anna Maxwell Martin
as Sarah Burton
Penelope Wilton
as Mrs. Beddows
Peter Firth
as Alderman Snaith
Douglas Henshall
as Joe Astell
John Henshaw
as Alfred Huggins
Shaun Dooley
as Mr. Holly
Janine Mellor
as Bessy Warbuckle
Katherine McGolpin
as Midge Carne
Lydia Wilson
as Muriel Carne
Daniel West
as Young Robert Carne
John-Paul Hurley
as Reg Aythorne
Penny Layden
as Mrs. Huggins
Marie Critchley
as Mrs. Brimsley
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Critic Reviews for South Riding Miniseries

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (6)

South Riding" creates memorable characters, particularly Burton and Carne, and it's beautifully filmed.

May 1, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Few brain cells were harmed during the making of this tiresome show.

May 1, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Too many so-so subplots detract from the more compelling key characters.

May 1, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

For fans of the canon, "South Riding" is "Masterpiece" comfort food, enjoyable enough in the moment, but melting away to nothing but sugar and fat by morning.

May 1, 2011 | Full Review…

It might be just what we need: a mild astringent for those suffering from an excess of pomp.

May 1, 2011 | Full Review…

These heroes, these themes, have been gone so long they feel new-recharged with drama and vitality, all delivered by a supremely skilled cast.

May 1, 2011 | Full Review…

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