The arrival of a sinister figure from Ann Walker’s past prompts bitter Mrs Priestley to stir up trouble, jeopardising Ann’s future with Anne Lister.
The widowed Reverend Ainsworth arrives in Halifax with his sights set on Ann Walker's hand in marriage, as well as a position at a local church. Eliza Priestley - who remains bitterly angry with Anne Lister since she caught her kissing Ann Walker - encourages unctuous Ainsworth's predatory plans. Aware that Ainsworth's attentions are stirring up painful memories for her lover, Anne Lister sets out to deal with the clergyman in her own inimitable manner. She soon realises however that there are greater demons inside Ann Walker's troubled mind, as the scrutiny of another member of Ann's tribe of friends and relations poses a further threat to their relationship.
Anne presses on with the transformation of her estate, but there are signs that her ambitious plans could also be about to lead her into trouble. Meanwhile Marian remains impressed with Mr Abbott, and a discovery in the pig-sty gives Mary Sowden reason to suspect that Thomas is lying about exactly how his father disappeared.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
|Anne Lister||Suranne Jones|
|Ann Walker||Sophie Rundle|
|Marian Lister||Gemma Whelan|
|Aunt Anne Lister||Gemma Jones|
|Jeremy Lister||Timothy West|
|William Priestley||Peter Davison|
|Eliza Priestley||Amelia Bullmore|
|Thomas Ainsworth||Brendan Patricks|
|Production Company||Lookout Point Limited|