BBC One’s adaptation of Jo Bloom’s book about the rise of the British Fascist movement in the 1960s is the story behind Ridley Road. The title derives from a spot where the fascists met in London’s East End. The story got picked up by Sarah Solemani, and you may remember Sarah from her work in Bridget Jones’s Baby. This is her adaptation of her novel, directed by Lisa Mulcahy. And in this work, Solemani explores the work of a predominantly anti-fascist group. While the book is pretty straightforward, people are asking about the adaptation. In consequence, this is the Ridley Road ending explained.
BBC One’s Ridley Road was executively produced by veteran producer Nicola Shindler. Shindler is the brain behind iconic shows like Queer as Folk, Last Tango in Halifax, and Happy Valley. With him, Lisa Mulcahy and Sarah Solemani decided to start on this four-part miniseries. Bear in mind that this production only intended to have four episodes. The four chapters in the series cover beginning, knot, and end, where a Jewish woman infiltrates a fascist group. The question is, what happens to her? Well, without any further ado.Let’s cover that here in Otakukart. Let’s begin!
Firstly, Ridley Road is a mini-series set in London’s East End in the early 1960s. Secondly, Vivien Epstein is the daughter of a regular suburban Jewish family in Manchester, consisting of father David, mother Liza, and a cousin Roza whom the family is protecting. Thirdly, the father arranges a marriage (without Vivien’s knowledge or agreement) with the father of a Jewish lad from Manchester. Vivien already has a boyfriend, Jack, who abandons her for London.
Vivien has no intention of marrying. She departs to see some Jewish relatives in London, where she shares a room with Nettie Jones and works as a hairdresser. Fascism of the far right is on the increase. Soly, Malinovsky, one of her East End cousins, is a London black cab driver who leads a Jewish anti-fascist organization. He invites Vivien to participate (“anti-fascists do, they don’t simply talk”). She accepts to enter Colin Jordan’s organization, the neo-Nazi commander of the East End goons. Jordan’s organization (where Jack is already working as a covert agent) is housed in the rural home of a far-right English lord.
Ridley Road ending explained
After infiltrating the National Socialist Movement, commanded by Colin Jordan, under the guise of Jane. Vivien started collecting information that may bring the rising far-right party down. In episode 4, she eventually puts her escape plan into motion. Bringing her risky quest to a close. The only problem is that Colin Jordan has already determined that ‘Jane’ is not who she claims to be and that Vivien is a Jewish lady. Fortunately, Vivien is able to flee Colin’s big mansion after a near encounter on the train. And she ultimately makes her way back to the salon where the 62 Group is situated. Where she learns that her love, Jack Morris, has died.
In a previous scene, we watch him fall from a vehicle while fleeing Colin Jordan’s residence. Finally, Vivien is able to present the information she has acquired to the police. And Detective Inspector MacCracken is only too pleased to assist. Ridley Road concludes with Vivien being driven to the airport, where she takes a flight to Tel Aviv under the name Roza Furstenburg on her German passport. On the aircraft, it is discovered that Jack Morris did not die like first thought, which means that he and Vivien will be able to begin new lives together in Tel Aviv, Israel.
What happened to British Fascist Colin Jordan?
In the last title card, it is revealed that Colin Jordan was caught in 1962 for forming a paramilitary unit and sentenced to nine months in jail, but his narrative does not finish there. Colin Jordan was one of the initial founders of the British National Party in 1960. Previous to the events of the series, but Jordan broke out with the other members in 1962 owing to his unabashed nazism. He later founded the National Socialist Movement shown in Ridley Road.
Additionally, Jordan was imprisoned again in 1967 for trafficking racist material after his nine-month sentence, and the NSM was reorganized as the British Movement in his absence. Furthermore, Colin Jordan was punished in 1975 for stealing three pairs of red underwear from a Tesco shop in Leamington Spa, hastening his departure from the BM, which he passed on to Michael McLaughlin, a Liverpool milkman. Lastly, Colin Jordan was an outspoken voice on the far-right of British politics until his death in April 2009, at the age of 85.