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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Mill's Hayes felt weight of history

Kerrie Hayes stars in The Mill
Kerrie Hayes stars in The Mill

Kerrie Hayes, star of new Channel 4 drama The Mill, admitted she felt pressure to do justice to the real life stories of the families who inspired the show.

The series - which also stars Coronation Street's Sacha Parkinson and Holby City's Holly Lucas - tells the story of the workers at Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire in 1833. It is Channel 4's first factual-based drama, inspired by the mill's historical archives.

Good Cop star Kerrie, who plays feisty young worker Esther Price, admitted learning about her character's background was a help, but also made her conscious of a duty to do her justice.

She said: "I found it a lot easier because there were so many people that we could talk to if we ever had any questions - day-to-day life working in the mill, how we would carry ourselves, our clothes, our shoes, everything.

"So that was good, we were very fortunate. But at the same time it was a pressure - a pressure to do justice for those that are in the history books. And to do justice to the period actually, and not make a farce of it."

The show was written by Bafta winner John Fay, whose previous work includes Clocking Off, Torchwood and Coronation Street, and directed by The Suspicions Of Mr Whitcher's James Hawes.

Holly, who plays mother-hen character Susannah Catterall, the older sister of Sacha's character Miriam, said how proud she was to be part of a show with four female lead characters.

::The Mill begins on Channel 4 on Sunday July 28, 2013.

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