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As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

On Sunday (1:15pm, 22nd November 2015), BBC1 are airing a documentary about the life and works of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh – socialite and suffragette.

From the BBC:

In the week when Sikhs across the world are celebrating the birth of their founder, Guru Nanak, BBC political journalist Anita Anand tells the fascinating and largely unknown story of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh – descendant of Sikh royalty, goddaughter of Queen Victoria and pioneering suffragette. Bold and fearless, she marched alongside Emmeline Pankhurst in protest outside parliament, refused to pay her taxes until women got the vote, and even threw herself in front of prime minister Asquith’s car.

With the history of suffrage in the media focus again following the release of the Hollywood film Suffragette, this documentary could be used to demonstrate diversity in the movement – which, unfortunately, is often over-looked.

Follow the hashtag #TVforTeachers or @EraResources for more lesson ideas.


Related Links:

Woman’s Hour Suffragette Special (BBC Radio 4)

Suffragette Art Attack (BBC World Service)

What did the suffragette movement in Britain really look like?  An article from the New Statesman about diversity in the suffrage movement, with particular regard to conversations reopened during the press tour for the film Suffragette