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.
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.
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.
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.
The 1842 general strike saw over 500,000 walk out of private industry, but, in 2014, a strike is more likely to affect services. We meet 26year-old firefighter Tom to find out why he's on strike.
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.
The second series focuses on the lives of the Quarry Bank mill workers between 1838 and 1842, a period of turbulent social, political and industrial change.
The young actors tell us why that acting as apprentices was genuinely hard work
Matthew McNulty who plays Daniel Bate and Aidan McArdle (John Doherty) discuss what they learnt representing the early days of worker's rights and union activity.
How the costume designer went about creating the apprentice outfits