A Skirt Through History
A lesbian Don Juan, a suffragette and a 17th-century Italian painter are just a few of the remarkable women who speak to us through their diaries and letters. The series - a combination of drama and documentary - is both an intimate portrait of their lives and a woman's view of history. Anna Massey, Anna Cropper, Julia Ford and Lesley Manville are among the stars.
- S1 E1 - MarriageMay 6, 199430minAnne Lister, an outwardly conventional gentlewoman living in Halifax at the beginning of the last century, had a secret life that would have shocked local society. Her diaries, written in such a complex code that they were not deciphered until the 1980s, reveal that she was really a lesbian Don Juan.Watch with a free Prime trial
- S1 E2 - A Lady's PortionMay 13, 199430minThe drama-documentary series about the lives of extraordinary women continues with a look at two pioneering journalists. In 1858, Victorian editor Bessie Parkes founded the first newspaper run by women for women. Fifty years later, Emilie Peacocke became one of the first women reporters to work in Fleet Street.Watch with a free Prime trial
- S1 E3 - An ExperimentMay 20, 199429minThe remarkable stories of two women who became the subjects of experiments by men. Dr James Barry was born a girl but lived most of her life disguised as a man. And Hannah Cullwick , a working-class woman, turned into a high-class lady.Watch with a free Prime trial
- S1 E4 - The WreckersMay 27, 199429minIn 1912 Sarah, age 52, and 54-year-old composer Ethel Smyth shared neighboring cells in Holloway Prison. Their crime was breaking windows - a tactic used by suffragettes to draw attention to their fight and win the vote for all women. Sarah Benett 's recently discovered diary sheds light on their remarkable tale.Watch with a free Prime trial
- S1 E5 - A ReputationJune 3, 199429minSeventeenth century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi has been remembered more for being a loose woman than a talented artist. At the age of 17 she was raped, and the record of the trial reveals how her reputation as a woman and a painter was ruined.Watch with a free Prime trial
- S1 E6 - The Two MarysJune 10, 199429minIn 1801 Lady Maria Nugent was "playing governor's lady to the blackies" in Jamaica. She described her 39 slaves as "so good-humored and merry that it is quite comfortable to look at them". Meanwhile, Mary Prince, who was born into slavery in Bermuda in 1788, was enduring barbaric treatment.Watch with a free Prime trial