Throughout the series the residents at the heart of this rural Cheshire community face their own personal challenges and conflicts as reputations are tarnished, loved ones lost, and shocking secrets are discovered.
The women, under the auspices of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute, unite and discover inner resources that will change their lives forever whilst helping maintain the nation’s fabric in its darkest hour.
It’s the summer of 1940 and the village of Great Paxford is caught up in the nightmare of the Battle of Britain.
She played the leading female role in the 1997 film Fever Pitch starring opposite Colin Firth and had another leading role in the comedy/drama January 2nd (2006).
In 2004 she starred in Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me as the mother of the title character, who abandoned her when she was a baby, leading her to spend life in a children's home.
She next appeared in the episode Sins of seventh season in 2008 as Linda Cummings, an exceptionally intelligent serial killer.
Gemmell reprised the role of Cummings in Endgame, the fourth episode of the eighth season of the show.
Gemmell is also known as a leading character in the successful ITV Series Home Fires as the Reverend's wife Sarah Collingbourne, Gemmell is a main character in the show and has appeared in all episodes so far in the show.
In the show Gemmell's character is the sister of the Women's Institute President Frances Barden and supports her through the show.Ruth Gemmell (born 2 January 1967) is an English actress, Gemmel is best known for her role in the long running series Penny Dreadful as Octavia Putney.Gemmel is also known for her work on the television show Utopia as Jen Dugdale.From January 2009 she became a recurring character in East Enders as Debra Dean, the mother of a teenage girl who, identically to her role in Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me, abandoned her daughter when she was an infant.In August 2009, she starred as Rebecca Sands in two episodes of The Bill.Gemmell has appeared three times in the BBC's police drama Waking the Dead, playing two different characters.