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The Village is a 2013 period drama series produced by The BBC and created by Silk writer Peter Moffat. The series is depicted through flashbacks, as Bert Middleton, the second-oldest man in Britain, reminisces about his life in early 20th Century Derbyshire.

The show is comprised of an ensemble cast headed by John Simm and Maxine Peake.


This show contains examples of:

  • Big Fancy House: Surprisingly, given its period piece status, there's only one.
  • Birds of a Feather: Grace and Bill Gibby in series 2, or so Grace thinks.
  • Bitter Sweet Ending: These are everywhere. The ending to Series 1, episode 6 is particularly memorable though.
  • Break the Cutie: Caro after her baby is taken away.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: John has a huge one, as a result of Martha's counsel.
  • Hey, You!: John rarely calls anybody in his family by their actual names. Bert is always "Boy" and Grace is usually "Mother."
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  • Hollywood Atheist: Averted. Grace comes to realize that she doesn't really believe in God, starting in episode 4, but she's never portrayed as a bad person because of her Atheist beliefs.
  • Meaningful Name: Plenty. Norma's maiden name is Greaves, and Caro's doctor's name is Dr. Wiley, among others.
    • You could also argue that Grace's name is very fitting.
  • Playing Gertrude: The adults in the cast, with it getting more extreme every couple episodes. By season 2, John and Grace only look a little older than Bert.
    • This gets unintentionally funny in season 2, given that a big obstacle in the way of Bert's crush on Martha is their 7-year age gap. The actors are only a few years apart in age.
  • Rousing Speech: Grace gives a great one to the whole village at the end of season 2.
  • The Alcoholic: John.
  • The Ophelia: Caro. She even tries to drown herself.
  • Oop North: The setting. It's also pretty grim there.
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