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.
As World War I begins, changes are ahead for the inhabitants of a Derbyshire village. John Middleton struggles to get his harvest in with no help from his fellow villagers, who shun him for an incident in his past. Twelve-year-old Bert helps out in the fields, but his teacher Gerard Eyre refuses to let him leave school to work full time. Older brother Joe Middleton works for the Allinghams at the Big House, where he has a dalliance with Caro Allingham, but soon he heads off to war. Grace Middleton discovers that she is pregnant again. The minister's daughter, Martha Lane, arrives on the first bus to stop in town. Strong-willed and opinionated, she wants to help the community and open their eyes to the changes that are taking place in the outside world. She is attracted to Joe Middleton, but Bert has confused feelings for her as well.
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