The Mill: Ep. 1

“Come, my friends: ’tis not too late to seek a newer world.”

Alfred Tennyson

For a wonder, last Sunday I actually found something new that I wanted to watch on television. Even better, it was neither Star Trek nor a Murder Mystery. It was in fact The Mill, Channel 4’s new historical drama about life in the cotton mills during the Industrial Revolution, when a ten-hour day for child workers was still considered radical and impractical.

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Well, the main impression I got from The Mill was “grey”. This isn’t a romanticised, sugary Victorian nostalgia piece, by any stretch of the imagination. Someone gets his hand cut off in the first ten minutes. It’s real, and rather political too. Oppressed workers, ineffectual parish workers, that sort of thing. And certainly better than anything else that’s on television at the moment. I’ll be watching next week.


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