South Riding is a drama series set during the 1930's in Yorkshire. The series has been adapted for television by Andrew Davies and is based on the book by Winifred Holtby. Sarah Burton returns home from London to Yorkshire to become the headmistress at a struggling Yorkshire high school for girls.
After a run in at a Manchester hotel, Sarah and Carne return to the South Riding even more at odds than they were before. Sarah feels humiliated that Carne is avoiding her and she tries to distract herself with work.