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A Skirt through History


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Anne Lister , an outwardly conventional gentlewoman living in Halifax at the beginning of the last century, had a secret life that would have shocked local society. Her diaries, written in such a complex code that they were not deciphered until the 1980s, reveal that she was really a lesbian Don Juan.
Listeristhefirstwoman featured in this six-part series that not only portrays an individual's life but also gives a woman's view of history. In a combination of drama and documentary the women, played by actresses including
Anna Massey , Anna Cropper ,
Julia Ford and Lesley Manville, speak straight to camera usingwords taken from their character's diaries and letters.
Director/Series producer Philippa Lowthorpe


Unknown: Anne Lister
Unknown: Don Juan.
Unknown: Anna Massey
Unknown: Anna Cropper
Unknown: Julia Ford
Producer: Philippa Lowthorpe
Anne Lister: Julia Ford
MariannaBelcombe: Sophie Thursfield
Mrs Barlow: Beth Tuckey
Miss Brown: Susie Lee Hayward
Charles Lauiton: David Bacon

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A Skirt through History

BBC Two England, 6 May 1994 21.30

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