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Fainthearted Feminist, The (BBC-2 1984, Lynn Redgrave, Jonathan Newth)



Sitcom The Fainthearted Feminist was based on a Guardian newspaper column of the same name by Jill Tweedie (she also co-wrote this) with Lynn Redgrave playing confirmed women’s libber Martha struggling to stick to her ideals now that she is a wife and mother to three kids.

Most of the action was centered around the Sebastapol Women’s Centre and Martha’s home where her husband Josh has no idea about much of anything.

production details
UK / BBC Two / 5×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 19 March – 16 April 1984 Mondays at 9.00pm

Writers: Jill Tweedie, Christopher Bond / Producer: Zanna Beswick / Director: Mandie Fletcher

Lynn Redgrave as Martha
Jonathan Newth as Josh
Sarah Neville as Mary
Helen Cotterill as Mo
Joan Sanderson as Mother
Polly Adams as Irene