The Mill press pack


The Mill is a historical four-part drama written by John Fay set in rural-industrial England in the turbulent year of 1833. Based on the extensive historical archive of Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire, this powerful new serial depicts Britain at a time when the industrial revolution is changing the country beyond recognition. In the 1830s, children as young as nine work 12-hour shifts in the mills, and the new class of mill-owning families prosper. But the so-called “white slaves of England” are about to take their lives into their own hands for the first time as outsiders with new ideas enter their world. At Quarry Bank Mill things are about to change.

Pack contents

  • A collaboration between drama and factual creatives, with a shared vision and ambition
  • Channel 4's first factually-inspired period drama is written by John Fay, and set in rural-industrial England in the turbulent year of 1833
  • The actress talks about her latest role, in Channel 4's historical four-part drama The Mill, based on real events during the industrial revolution
  • It's just before dawn and the bell wakes the young apprentices for another twelve-hour shift at Quarry Bank Mill
  • Find out about the principal characters who make up the dramatis personae in Channel 4's new factual-drama
  • Find out about the talented roster of actors who have brought The Mill to life so vividly
  • It's not all about the actors find out about the superbly talented production team who worked on The Mill
  • All the key dates in the history of Quarry Bank Mill, from 1779-1901
  • A full list of cast and crew for Channel 4's new fact-based period drama
  • A brief history of Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate

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