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Published 25/02/2011 | 05:00

On Sunday I watched the latest period drama by the BBC. Called 'South Riding', it is set in 1930s Yorkshire.

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The central character and heroine of the story is a very 'progressive' teacher named Sarah Burton who has just been appointed principal of the local school and is intent on dragging it, and the surrounding area, into the 20th century.

Arrayed against her are the usual villains. For example, there is the reactionary squire as well as the preacher who is, naturally, a hypocrite from head to toe.

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