TV Movie | PG | | Drama
Reddleman Diggory Venn drives slowly across the heath, carrying a hidden passenger in the back of his van. When darkness falls, the country folk light bonfires on the hills, emphasizing the pagan spirit of the heath and its denizens.
Diggory Venn (Steven Mackintosh) works as a reddleman. He digs red ochre (clay), also known as ferric oxide, to be used as a red dye to mark sheep.
The story is set in 1842. When Susan Nunsuch is given a sixpence, a close-up of the coin shows it to bear the head of Elizabeth II (1952-present), not that of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).