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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit: Episode 1 (S1EP1 BBC2 10 Jan 1990, Charlotte Coleman)

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Episode 1: Seven-year-old Jess lives with her dominating mother until she is rudely removed from her peculiar Pentecostal home and sent to school.

Regular Cast: Charlotte Coleman (Jess), Margery Withers (Elsie), Peter Gordon (William), Geraldine McEwan (Mother), Pam Ferris (Mrs Arkwright), Kenneth Cranham (Paston Finch), Emily Aston (Small Jess), Elizabeth Spriggs (May), Freda Dowie (Mrs Green), Barbara Hicks (Cissy), Cathryn Bradshaw (Melanie), Celia Imrie (Miss Jewsbury).

Guest Cast: Sophie Thursfield, David Thewlis, Katy Murphy, Sharon Bower, Bill Rogers, Darren Scott, Kay Clayton

Writer: Jeanette Winterson / Director: Beeban Kidron

Airdate: 10 Jan 1990 on BBC2

Series: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Season 1 Episode 1

Show Info: Three part BBC period drama serial. Young Jess, product of a highly religious background, grows up in 1960’s Lancashire with growing doubts about her sexuality.