Series 2 Episode 6
First Broadcast: 1AM Sun 24 August 2014

The second series reaches its climax. The striking workers form a line outside the mill gates. William Greg enlists a band of men to break the stand-off, who are joined by John Howlett's special constables. There's a violent confrontation.

Daniel is arrested but calls for the workers to keep fighting. They elect Esther to attend the union meeting in Manchester in Daniel's place.

While Esther is at the meeting, Susannah nurses her hungry baby Billy, who has become critically ill. Susannah visits Daniel in prison, where they say an emotional goodbye.

Meanwhile, more information comes to light about Peter's background and the story of the slave rebellion on the Greg plantation in Dominica. But before Peter can learn the truth, Hannah Greg's illness takes a turn for the worse.

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Powerful historical drama series, based on the lives of real people, telling the story of young 19th-century apprentices taking their lives into their own hands for the first time