The Forgotten Suffragette (2015)


Produced in association with BBC Lincolnshire, The Forgotten Suffragette was a BBC commissioned radio series and week of broadcast programming focused on women’s rights & democracy.

The series drew on the inspiring life of an unsung Lincolnshire heroine – Emelia Jessie Boucherett – who helped first petition parliament for the vote for women, and was one of the catalysts of the suffragette movement. 

The piece highlights the impact and legacy of Jessie’s actions around education, employment and the right to vote.

You can find out more about Jessie Boucherett and the charity she founded via


NARRATOR – Gillian Lees
JESSIE – Rachel Baynton
HENRY – Jon Coleman
LOUISA – Phoebe Wall-Palmer
AYSCOUGH – Martyn Horner-Glister

Written and Directed by Andrew Westerside
Engineer – Adam Keen
Producer – Michael Hortin

The Forgotten Suffragette is a Proto-type Theater Production made in association with BBC Lincolnshire. Supported by the University of Lincoln, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Forgotten Suffragette premiered on BBC Radio Lincolnshire on 23 November 2015.


“A beautiful, sensitive production.” 

– Women’s Equality Party

“[the piece] highlights the important work of a daughter of the county and brings knowledge of her important work to a wider audience…  the work and life of a remarkable lady.” 

– Futures for Women

“Such a moving story, beautifully brought to life through your radio play.” 

– Listener Response