‘The Village’ episode 4 – info and picture gallery

The Village continues on BBC One, Sunday 21 April at 9pm.

John and Grace Middleton struggle to cope when baby Mary falls dangerously ill with scarlet fever. In a desperate attempt to save her, John steals some animal medicine from the Big House estate farm – but at what cost?
A surprising relationship unfolds between Agnes and Bairstow. He and Edmund Allingham plot to use this for their own ends.

It’s an important date for the village; today is the Rondo, an annual wheelbarrow race, run around the perimeter of the cricket pitch. Many of the village’s men are away fighting so this year, for the first time in history, the race will be run by the local boys. Bert decides that winning this race is a matter of life or death; if he wins, his soldier brother Joe will be kept safe.

Unbeknownst to the village, the date of the Rondo coincides with the first day of the Battle of the Somme. There’s a rumour that a big offensive is about to be launched in France and that the local Pals’ battalion is to take part. Bert has received a field service postcard from Joe, with a coded sign that means Joe will be ‘going over the top’…

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