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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit: Episode 2 (S1EP2 BBC2 17 Jan 1990, Geraldine McEwan)



Episode 2: Jess, now 16, meets Melanie and falls in love. The pastor, the congregation and Jess’s mother begin to suspect, culminating in a devastating denouement in front of a packed congregation. Pastor Finch demands that they renounce their passion for each other and turn their backs on Satan.

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: Richard Henders (Graham), Roger Walker, Darren Scott

Writer: Jeanette Winterson / Director: Beeban Kidron

Airdate: 17 Jan 1990 on BBC2

Series: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Season 1 Episode 2

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.