Yorkshire, 1874. Penniless following the death of her husband, Annie Quaintain (Jessica Raine, Call the Midwife, Wolf Hall) and her two children are turfed out of their village home and forced to start a new life in Jericho. Jericho is home to a community of navvies and pioneers, prostitutes and vagabonds who will live and die in the shadow of the viaduct they’ve been brought together to build.
Without a penny to her name, Annie reluctantly accepts the help of the railway agent Ralph Coates (Clarke Peters, The Wire) and quickly sets herself up in a rented hut, offering board and lodging to the site's navvies - including one Johnny Jackson (Hans Matheson, The Tudors). Rough and rustic, it’s a place where people with secrets can hide, and where love can flourish against all odds.
The series follows the creation of a community from nothing and the human stories and heroic struggles of survival that emerge.
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