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Episode 5

Episode 5 of 8

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.

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Role Contributor
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
Writer Sally Wainwright
Director Jennifer Perrott
Producer Phil Collinson
Production Company Lookout Point Limited


Cast and Characters

Cast and Characters

Meet Anne Lister, the inimitable lady of Shibden Hall, and the characters in her life.

The Real Diaries of Anne Lister

The Real Diaries of Anne Lister

Her intimate diaries paint a picture of the changing world of early 19th century Britain.