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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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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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.
Billy's new job and May's condition makes Iris think that they are the talk of the street. Mrs. Quirke, the midwife, refuses to help May when her time comes and Richard reveals to Ruby that he and Madeleine offered to adopt the baby. Ruby confronts her and May reveals that that was what Madeleine wanted all along. May initially, is happy with her son, but following a row with Dadda, takes Madeleine up on her offer to adopt the baby. Richard Brazendale stops May signing the papers, knowing that Madeleine has manipulated her decision. He persuades her to make her own decision and - aided by her sisters - she does.

Father Melia visits Iris, wanting to apologise for his behaviour. The bishop, confused by a letter from Iris, requesting a reference she should be able to get from her priest, sends Canon Kenan for an explanation. Father Melia admits he has feelings for Iris and is sent to Ireland on retreat but discovers that she is not joining a convent after all. She is shocked by the convent's request of a dowry of 300 guineas and a pair of silver candlesticks.

Dadda goes home to find the pianola gone and that the Brazendales were adopting the baby. Dadda objects but Billy says it's nothing to do with him. Seeing his daughters return with the baby and shaken by recent events, Dadda takes the temperance pledge again and registers his grandson's birth, naming him Victor William Moss. He also asks if he can come home. His children welcome him back.

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s1e8 The Reckoning
March 2, 2007
Billy's new job and May's condition makes Iris think that they are the talk of the street. Mrs. Quirke, the midwife, refuses to help May when her time comes and Richard reveals to Ruby that he and Madeleine offered to adopt the baby. Ruby confronts her and May reveals that that was what Madeleine wanted all along. May initially, is happy with her son, but following a row with Dadda, takes Madeleine up on her offer to adopt the baby. Richard Brazendale stops May signing the papers, knowing that Madeleine has manipulated her decision. He persuades her to make her own decision and - aided by her sisters - she does. Father Melia visits Iris, wanting to apologise for his behaviour. The bishop, confused by a letter from Iris, requesting a reference she should be able to get from her priest, sends Canon Kenan for an explanation. Father Melia admits he has feelings for Iris and is sent to Ireland on retreat but discovers that she is not joining a convent after all. She is shocked by the convent's request of a dowry of 300 guineas and a pair of silver candlesticks. Dadda goes home to find the pianola gone and that the Brazendales were adopting the baby. Dadda objects but Billy says it's nothing to do with him. Seeing his daughters return with the baby and shaken by recent events, Dadda takes the temperance pledge again and registers his grandson's birth, naming him Victor William Moss. He also asks if he can come home. His children welcome him back.
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s1e2 The Thunderbolt
January 19, 2007
January 19, 2007
The Thunderbolt
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s1e3 The White Charger
January 26, 2007
January 26, 2007
The White Charger
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s1e4 The Tallyman
February 2, 2007
February 2, 2007
The Tallyman
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s1e5 The Sea
February 9, 2007
February 9, 2007
The Sea
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s1e6 The Release
January 31, 2011
January 31, 2011
The Release
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s1e7 The Serpent
February 23, 2007
February 23, 2007
The Serpent
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s1e8 The Reckoning
March 2, 2007
March 2, 2007
The Reckoning
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