Synopsis: The story of "The Tolpuddle Martyrs". A group of 19th century English farm labourers who formed one of the first trade unions and started a campaign to receive fair wages.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Bill Douglas
  1 win & 1 nomination.
183 min



(Thunder rumbles)

See the galanty show!

Only a penny!

A show for the family!

Full of pictures, both descriptive and humorous!

Only a penny!

Galanty show!

Pictures of every description in colour.

See John Guildford make his famous ride,

and only one penny!

lf you haven't got a penny,

a ha'penny will do.

lf you haven't got a ha'penny, God bless you.

Straight from London.

(Thunder and crack of lightning)

Good evening, miss.

l'm offering entertainment.

A show for the family.

Comical pictures

of every description in colour.


Endless rollicking laughter.

Tell your master.

l can ask.

(Dog barking)

Roll up for the lantern show!

Only a penny!

You pay for the entertainment

but all the news is free!

North, east, west, south!

All the news is free!

(Tambourine rattling)

(Rattles and strikes tambourine)

(Violent striking of tambourine)


Morning, Jacob.

Who's this? Oh! l can see.

Who's this? l've seen that face somewhere.

l've seen that before. Who can it be, eh?

Who can it be?

You don't think l'm gonna drop you, do you?

Here we go, then.


Off you go, then.

Be coming just over in a moment. Bye-bye.



The rascal.

Children become you.

When can we have one of our own?

How can we manage?


l know times are hard.

But l'm not getting any younger.

We are the most beautiful people

in the whole world.

lt's true.

Good morning, family. Good morning.

Good morning.

(Laughter in background)




Serves you right.

And he went off and got himself a rabbit.

And he brought it back and he ate it.

And that's it.

(Man chuckles)

Do you know, when l was younger,

l always had to sit between those two.

Nothing changes.

Let us say grace.

Dear Lord,

we humbly beseech thee to accept our gratitude

for this our daily bread.

Give us the goodness of heart to share

whatever we have.


Proverbs 14.

ln all labour there is profit.

But the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

The poor is hated even of his own neighbour.

But the rich have many friends.

But in all labour there is profit.

And it beho?es us to accept our lot in life

and to work for our reward.

Let us never forget that our Lord

humbled himself for all our sakes

to be born of the wife of a carpenter

on this poor earth.

Let us strive to excel in the role we are born to,


we are all beholden to our maker!

God the Father... his infinite wisdom,

created large men and small,

white men and black,

rich men and poor,

wise men...

..and fools.

And we shall not dare to presume

to question his wisdom!

Hold fast to that which we know

and have learned to value -

the natural order of things,

tried and tested down the ages of man.

lt is hardly a chance that in all living things

there is law and order.

There are enemies of the Church,


who speak together blasphemously...


..tampering with God's work.


Be not drawn by the devil's smile.

(Man whispers) Let go of me.

(Pew door bangs)

Now let us... Let us talk of the...

Let us now sing hymn...

(Organ plays)

(Congregation stumbles over lyrics)

d We go to thee

d To thee...

(Another choir sings nearby)

(Choirs drown each other out)

(Second choir sings lively song)

d We'll win the day

d Though death and hell obstruct our way

d We only need to watch and pray

d And then we're sure to win the day

(Baby crying)

d Come all and one to glory now

d And in this world of sin and woe

d Forsake your sins without delay

d Believe and you shall win the day

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Bill Douglas

William Gerald Forbes (Bill) Douglas (17 April 1934 – 18 June 1991) was a Scottish film director best known for the trilogy of films about his early life. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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