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How We Used to Live
How We Used to Live was an award winning British historical television drama made for ITV schools by Yorkshire Television.
In Civil War
Information found on the BFI Website.
1: A Trial of Force (12th January 1993)
A documentary introducing the series, in which one of the actors in the dramas, sets out to discover how and why the Civil War was fought.
A balloon flight over the site of the Battle of Marston Moor (1644) introduces the theme of aerial archaeology.
This section looks at the features of the battlefield, the battle position of the two sides and the proximity to York.
A second actor explores the concept of civil war and the commitment and loyalties of individuals.
The discovery in 1991 of a hoard of coins and their verification by a museum, an investigation of a touring display of weapons and armour
by the Royal Armouries and an exhibition called "The Weaker Vessel", which covers the role of women in the Civil War are also examined.
The programme concludes with a re-enactment of the Battle of Powick (1642) at Worcester and the two actors in character identifying
their royalist and parliamentarian loyalties.
2: The Fugitive (18th January 1993)
The first of three dramas on the Civil War, which opens in the aftermath of the Battle of Marston Moor (1644).
The story involves a family who support the Parliamentary cause.
Their farm, Westmoor Hall, supplies provisions and billeting for Parliamentary forces.
A young Royalist soldier who has been injured in battle, takes refuge in a barn on the property and, despite
their misgivings, is allowed by the women of the family to remain there, disguised as a visiting cousin.
His long Cavalier locks are cut and he is allowed to write a letter that will be carried to his father.
3: Know Thine Enemy (26th January 1993)
The second of three dramas set during the English Civil War.
The wounded Royalist soldier being harboured by the family at Westmoor Hall Farm is put under
pressure by soldiers billeted at the farm to enlist in the Parliamentary Army.
A lieutenant at the farm is given permission by his Captain to arrest the local Anglican minister.
The Captain subsequently collapses and, after being administered a `physic' by the lieutenant, dies.
After the discovery of his Royalist clothing, the young wounded soldier is accused of being a spy, but manages to persuade the
lieutenant that he is spying for the Parliamentary cause.
He is getting ready to leave the farm, when news comes that the lieutenant and his men are ransacking the church.
When he tries to prevent the plunder, the family's manservant is killed by the lieutenant, who then orders the arrest of the young Royalist.
4: Truth or Treason (2nd February 1993)
The fourth programme completes the drama enacted in the two previous programmes.
The daughter of the family at Westmoor Hall Farm set out on horseback to inform the Royalist, Sir John Warren that his son
is held captive by a group of Parliamentarians, led by Lieutenant Cutts.
She is passed on her journey by her father, serving with the Royalist Army, who is on his way to requisition
Sir John's home, which is surrendered without resistance.
Meanwhile, the girl's mother has been forced to hand over a purse of money to Lieutenant Cutts as a price
for his keeping quiet about the harbouring of Ralph Warren.
Thomas Palmer and his daughter return to Westmoor Hall in company with Sir John.
Palmer intercepts the Lieutenant who tries to escape with the money.
He is caught, Ralph is released and the two families start to discuss their future.
5: A Trial of Kingship (9th February 1993)
The final programme is a documentary in which the actor playing one of the Royalist characters in the
dramas steps out of character to consider what the execution of Charles the First and the resulting freedom from royal rule meant
and what changed under the rule of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector.
Within a television studio, he asks how people at the time were made aware of the events of the Civil War
and considers how historians try to make sense of these events now.
At Oakwell Hall, one of the locations used in the series, he investigates the reconstruction of historical events.
In the second half of the programme, a series of murals on display in the Peers' Corridor in the Houses of Parliament revealing
Victorian views of the Civil War are interrogated by students.
A present day view on the neglected areas of Civil War research, and of the Commonwealth's legacy, is given by MP and historian Tony Benn.
Production Company: Yorkshire Television
Writer: Freda Kelsall
Producer: Ian Fell
Music: Robert Hartley
Video: DivX 5 720x536 25.00fps 1160Kbps
Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 44100Hz 128Kbps
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