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Jericho (ITV, 9pm) IT’S actually the North Yorkshire area of God’s own country that takes centre stage, but the hard graft and human sacrifice required to build the Ribblehead railway viaduct across the Pennines lends an element of America's wild west to this tale based on truth.
Shanty towns tended to be named after famous battles or biblical places.It's clear that he admires Annie's spark, and the writer claims she was based on someone he once knew."She had three young kids and then her husband led her.She's one of those people who thought, 'Right, I'm going to build a new life for myself and my kids.' She was determined to stand on her own and never be reliant on anyone ever again. For her, the great motivation in her life is her children. She was a fanatical mum and a Yorkshirewoman as well.Jericho was the one at Ribblehead so we chose it for the name of the series."These shanty towns started to appear when they were building the railways across Yorkshire in the 1870s. So the idea of making a British Western was new and exciting to me," says Thompson.
Raine plays Annie Quaintain, a penniless widow who, along with her teenage children, sets up a boarding house populated by labourers.
"Annie learns about this navvy town 15 miles away so they get on a train and go out there.
And it is just like being on a wagon train to the wild west.
It's people going out to the frontier because the frontier is free.
That's how America was created and it was the same with this culture in Yorkshire at the time.
The frontier was the only free place where you could actually go and start a new life," says Thompson.