Series 2 Episode 2
8PM Sun 27 July 2014

Esther comes of age and leaves the apprentice house, but not before signing her contract of employment. Esther's new home is a small, dirty cellar in Styal village, but it gives her new freedom.

She will be missed at the apprentice house, especially by Lucy, where bully Patience is making the younger girls' lives a misery. But Esther's head is still spinning from her initial encounter with handsome apprentice shoemaker Will.

On the factory floor, John approaches Daniel for the first time since their fight to request that the machines run faster so that the workers will have to work harder. But Daniel refuses.

Daniel also continues the fight for male suffrage, spending more time away from home at political meetings, while his wife Susannah struggles to adjust to life away from her friends.

Meanwhile, Peter goes on a speaking tour with Hannah Greg to highlight the horrors of the apprentice system in the colonies. When he returns to Quarry Bank, Peter gets to know Miriam better, and she's horrified by the rumours that start circulating the next day.

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    1. The Mill Sun 27 Jul 2014 Episode 2 25 days left

      Esther comes of age and leaves the apprentice house, but not before signing her contract of employment. Esther's new…

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      1. 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
      2. 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
    2. The Mill Sun 20 Jul 2014 Episode 1 18 days left

      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 Watch The Mill Sun 27 Jul 2014
    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 Watch The Mill Sun 27 Jul 2014
    6. S2-Ep3: Naked Race This video is a intro S2-Ep3: Naked Race Video duration: 2:08 minutes

      Will races another man for Esther's affection, in the midst of the huge Kersal Moor Chartist rally
    7. S2-Ep3: Wily Will This video is a intro S2-Ep3: Wily Will Video duration: 1:28 minutes

      Will's attraction to Esther is clear, but he isn't being open about his past...
    8. The Mill: What's Changed? Benefits This video is a extra The Mill: What's Changed? Benefits Video duration: 2:21 minutes

      In the 1830s, government concern over the cost of welfare meant those in poverty had no choice but to enter the poor-house. We meet Emmanuella, whose escape from homelessness and re-entry into education was aided by housing benefit.
    9. The Mill: What's Changed? Production This video is a extra The Mill: What's Changed? Production Video duration: 2:05 minutes

      UK cotton production is a fraction of its 1830s peak, where hours were long and the work incredibly hard. We meet Alex, a 2014 cotton worker, to find out what's changed.
    10. The Mill: What's Changed? Protest This video is a extra The Mill: What's Changed? Protest Video duration: 2:35 minutes

      How has our right and ability to protest changed since the 1830s? We meet Shelly, a university student on a mission to protect working people's rights.
    11. The Mill: What's Changed? Vote This video is a extra The Mill: What's Changed? Vote Video duration: 1:55 minutes

      In 1832, the right to vote was reserved for upper middle class men. It wasn't until 1969 that men and women over 18 could vote. Yet, in the last general election, under 50% of 18 to24s voted. We ask why.

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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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