Series 2 Episode 1
8PM Sun 20 July 2014

Four years on from the Poor Law Amendment Act, impoverished economic migrants from the south of England start to arrive at Quarry Bank Mill.

The appearance of John and Rebecca Howlett with their children Jack and Timothy, and Will Whittaker and his grandfather Abe, causes unease in Styal village as the mill workers worry that these desperately poor families will drive down everyone's wages.

The impact of the new law hits home for feisty apprentice Esther Price when she discovers that the beggar in the mill yard is, in fact, her sister Martha.

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      Four years on from the Poor Law Amendment Act, impoverished economic migrants from the south of England start to arrive…

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      1. S2-E1: Feast Your Eyes This video is a intro S2-E1: Feast Your Eyes Video duration: 2:03 minutes

        Esther meets the new migrant family and is especially happy to meet young shoemaker Will
      2. S2-Ep1: Victims of the Poor Law This video is a intro S2-Ep1: Victims of the Poor Law Video duration: 1:18 minutes

        As his wife Suzanna is in labour with her third child, Daniel is at a meeting, raising concerns about the arrival of desperate migrant workers from the South
      3. The Mill: What's Changed? Migrants This video is a extra The Mill: What's Changed? Migrants Video duration: 2:29 minutes

        When economic migrants arrived at Quarry Bank from the poor south, local fear for jobs made life difficult for the new arrivals. We meet Tamuna to find out what's changed for a modern migrant.
    1. S1-Ep1: Mechanic This video is a clip S1-Ep1: Mechanic Video duration: 1:54 minutes

      Robert Greg visits a debtors prison, where he recruits young mechanic Daniel Bate, who is talented but has been blacklisted for political activity... Watch The Mill Episode 1
    2. S1-Ep1: The Mill This video is a clip S1-Ep1: The Mill Video duration: 1:09 minutes

      A bell wakes the apprentices for another 12-hour shift Watch The Mill Episode 1
    3. S1-Ep2: Order in Court This video is a clip S1-Ep2: Order in Court Video duration: 0:33 minutes

      An anxious Esther could be facing jail - or worse... Watch The Mill Episode 2
    4. S1-Ep2: The Introduction This video is a clip S1-Ep2: The Introduction Video duration: 1:01 minutes

      Two apprentices are given a warm welcome to The Mill... Watch The Mill Episode 2
    5. S1-Ep3: Hypocrites This video is a clip S1-Ep3: Hypocrites Video duration: 1:12 minutes

      The apprentices read political activist John Doherty's pamphlet Watch The Mill Episode 3
    6. S1-Ep3: On the Run This video is a clip S1-Ep3: On the Run Video duration: 1:41 minutes

      Esther and Lucy head for Liverpool to find Lucy's sister Watch The Mill Episode 3
    7. S1-Ep4: Bide Our Time This video is a clip S1-Ep4: Bide Our Time Video duration: 1:11 minutes

      Esther and Lucy plot their revenge Watch The Mill Episode 4
    8. S1-Ep4: Surprise Visitor This video is a clip S1-Ep4: Surprise Visitor Video duration: 1:19 minutes

      Will Esther finally meet her family? Watch The Mill Episode 4
    1. S2-E1: Feast Your Eyes This video is a intro S2-E1: Feast Your Eyes Video duration: 2:03 minutes

      Esther meets the new migrant family and is especially happy to meet young shoemaker Will Watch The Mill Sun 20 Jul 2014
    2. S2-Ep1: Victims of the Poor Law This video is a intro S2-Ep1: Victims of the Poor Law Video duration: 1:18 minutes

      As his wife Suzanna is in labour with her third child, Daniel is at a meeting, raising concerns about the arrival of desperate migrant workers from the South Watch The Mill Sun 20 Jul 2014
    3. The Mill: What's Changed? Migrants This video is a extra The Mill: What's Changed? Migrants Video duration: 2:29 minutes

      When economic migrants arrived at Quarry Bank from the poor south, local fear for jobs made life difficult for the new arrivals. We meet Tamuna to find out what's changed for a modern migrant. Watch The Mill Sun 20 Jul 2014
    4. S2-Ep2: Damaged Goods This video is a clip S2-Ep2: Damaged Goods Video duration: 1:34 minutes

      Esther's shoe- fitting leaves Will tongue tied, but uncle John is unimpressed
    5. S2-Ep2: Overseer Overseer This video is a intro S2-Ep2: Overseer Overseer Video duration: 2:09 minutes

      In his new position, John Howlett starts to assert his authority

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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

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