Lilies

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Lilies details the lives of Iris, May and Ruby Moss, three Catholic sisters living with their widowed father and brother in a terraced house in Liverpool in the early 1920s. The story is set in the years immediately after First World War and, as such, the after effects of that conflict are apparent. The story depicts a life lived on a knife-edge of poverty, tempered by various kinds of love. All three girls must make their own way in the world. In the course of the series, each sister tastes passion for the first time, and their lives, newly launched, are changed forever.

60 minutes

Lilies details the lives of Iris, May and Ruby Moss, three Catholic sisters living with their widowed father and brother in a terraced house in Liverpool in the early 1920s. The story is set in the years immediately after First World War and, as such, the after effects of that conflict are apparent. The story depicts a life lived on a knife-edge of poverty, tempered by various kinds of love. All three girls must make their own way in the world. In the course of the series, each sister tastes passion for the first time, and their lives, newly launched, are changed forever.

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Watch Lilies Season 1 Episode 6 - The Release

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s1e6 The Release
January 31, 2011
Iris and Ruby discovers May's pregnancy and that she can't marry the father. So, panicking, May visits the Brazendales, wanting money for a termination. They refuse but offer her an account at a department store. When this doesn't change May's mind, Madeleine threatens she'll be charged if any harm comes to the baby but May ignores her and tries to induce a miscarriage regardless. Iris and Ruby realise and make her sick so May keeps the baby. Ruby receives a letter from Marianne Parkes. She condemns corsets, believing them vile and unnecessary, and invites Ruby to a debate. She invites Ruby to a picnic, drawing her into their intellectual circle. They advocate reproductive rights for women and vegetarianism, amongst other things. Iris and May see Ruby becoming a snob and warn her to be careful but her ideas lead her to release the pigs kept by the butcher on an allotment, damaging other allotments. Ruby admits what she's done and is ordered to pay compensation and work on the damaged allotments. Joseph, the butcher, is impressed by Ruby's spirit and they become friends. Ruby is horrified to discover that her new friends believe in sterilising people they deem unfit to reproduce - particularly girls who have illegitimate children - so she rejects them. She promises to support May and help her hide her condition. Iris supports May too after Father Melia reminds her that May needs support, not condemnation.
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Watch Lilies Season 1 Episode 1 - The Chit Behind King Billy

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s1e1 The Chit Behind King Billy
January 12, 2007
The first episode introduces the Moss family; Dadda Moss and his four surviving children, Iris, May, Ruby and Billy. Mamma Moss has recently died and Walter, Ruby's twin brother, died during World War 1. All the family work, except Billy. Dadda works at the local dairy and is local vet. Iris runs the house and makes chocolates, May is parlourmaid to the Brazendales and Ruby, having previously worked for the Post Office, now works for Aurora Corsets. Father Melia, the local priest, announces that there will be a homecoming streetparty as all the young men who survived the war are now back home and asks the Mosses to lend the pianola so they can have some music. Unfortunately it was pawned to pay for Mamma's funeral and the family do everything they can to raise the money necessary to get it back in time. Ruby works overtime, selling corsets, and May dances at a gentleman's club in her underwear. The Brazendales, Richard and Madeleine, take an interest in May. Richard sits with May in the kitchen and tries to make friends, much to May's surprise. May supports Madeleine after she has another miscarriage. Ruby trains for a place on the British Ladies Olympic swimming team, with a former neighbour, Phyllis Cook. On the day of the trial, Ruby's family go to support her, including Billy - despite his terror of water after his ship sank during the war. Someone, however, disapproves of Billy as he receives white feathers (symbolising cowardice) in the post and gets another on the day of the trial, leading him to attempt suicide. He survives and tells his family that Phyllis was responsible, leading her and Ruby to fight in the street, and lose their places on the Olympic team. Phyllis sent them to Billy, angry that he survived the war while her dad (serving on the same ship) didn't.
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Watch Lilies Season 1 Episode 1 - The Chit Behind King Billy
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Watch Lilies Season 1 Episode 2 - The Thunderbolt
s1e2 The Thunderbolt
January 19, 2007
January 19, 2007
The Thunderbolt
Watch Lilies Season 1 Episode 3 - The White Charger
s1e3 The White Charger
January 26, 2007
January 26, 2007
The White Charger
Watch Lilies Season 1 Episode 4 - The Tallyman
s1e4 The Tallyman
February 2, 2007
February 2, 2007
The Tallyman
Watch Lilies Season 1 Episode 5 - The Sea
s1e5 The Sea
February 9, 2007
February 9, 2007
The Sea
Watch Lilies Season 1 Episode 6 - The Release
s1e6 The Release
January 31, 2011
January 31, 2011
The Release
Watch Lilies Season 1 Episode 7 - The Serpent
s1e7 The Serpent
February 23, 2007
February 23, 2007
The Serpent
Watch Lilies Season 1 Episode 8 - The Reckoning
s1e8 The Reckoning
March 2, 2007
March 2, 2007
The Reckoning
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