Sundays, 5:00 PM ET on BBC One
The Village tells the story of life in a Derbyshire village in the 20th century through the eyes of a central character, Bert Middleton, who lives there from birth through old age.
John Middleton is recovering but Grace is anxious about what he will say when he recovers his powers of speech. Bert is confused by conflicting feelings towards both his parents and Phoebe. Clem is exhausted by the amount of scandal surrounding her three children. She urges Edmund to father an heir and tries to block George's divorce, but Eyre and Martha elope anyway. Caro meantime decides that she wants her own child, fathered by Joe Middleton, back. Told that the child is dead, she tries to drown herself but is saved by George and Bairstow. The men realise the effect of their lies and what they must now do. Martha's elopement makes Bert realise how foolish he has been towards Phoebe and he chases after her. Grace too realises that her feelings for Gibby and for politics have distanced herself from her own family, but when John starts to recover she realises where her true feelings lie. At the big house young Joe is brought back to the village and reunited with both his mother and his Middleton grandparents.
The future of the farm hangs in the balance. John is in a coma following the blow to his head at the 'mass trespass'. Grace is in the grip of conflicting emotions - she needs John to live, but she is very afraid that he will recover and remember what he saw at the trespass. Bert needs to know the truth from Grace about her feelings for Bill as rumours begin to circulate around the village about them. Bairstow turns his energies towards deflecting attention from the Allingham gamekeeper's attack on John. He manipulates the police into starting an investigation into those behind the protest and accusing them of riot. Bert and Eyre find themselves in the dock. The key witness is George Allingham, who saw them in The Lamb conspiring. In court, it is George's principles that will decide their fate, and his conscience puts him in opposition to his own family.
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