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Cranford, The Fattest Man in Britain and The Gruffalo | TV review

26 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Delinquent dogs and triple tragedies are enough to get Miss Matty – and the rest of Cranford – all steamed up

Mock as ye will, but the bonnets were back in town with the first of two episodes of Cranford, book-ending the hours of celebrity-bloated holiday specials with another fine, ravelled tale from the age of sidewhiskers and steam.

If you'd missed the 2007 series, there were nudges of backstory among the urgent concerns filtering through Cranford's media axis of spinsters and widows – watchful Miss Matty (Judi Dench) at its moral nub, Miss Pole (Imelda Staunton) its unstoppable organ of gossip ("I find myself charged with vile and pressing news!") and bovine Mrs Forrester (Julia McKenzie), whose comic ignorance of the Lama of Tibet ("What a creature that must be!") spoke for the smallness of their shared, well-swept world.

Cranford aficionados know not to confuse laughs with lightness, and it wasn't long »

- Phil Hogan

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Sarah Lancashire for Ipswich murders drama

1 December 2009 5:06 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sarah Lancashire and Ian Hart have signed up for BBC One's new drama Five Daughters, it has been announced. The three-part serial, written by Stephen Butchard, follows the Ipswich murders and subsequent police investigation in 2006. Jaime Winstone, Eva Birthistle, Natalie Press, Juliet Aubrey, Aisling Loftus, Kate Dickie, David Bradley, Lisa Millet, Ruth Negga, Kristen Wareing and Al Weaver have also landed parts. Butchard said (more) »

- By Dan French

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