North & South (2004)

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North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.

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 Margaret Hale (4 episodes, 2004)
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 John Thornton (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Richard Hale (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Hannah Thornton (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Nicholas Higgins (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Bessy Higgins (4 episodes, 2004)
Jo Joyner ...
 Fanny Thornton (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Dixon (4 episodes, 2004)
Kay Lyon ...
 Mary Higgins (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Maria Hale (4 episodes, 2004)
Brian Protheroe ...
 Mr. Bell (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Frederick Hale (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Henry Lennox (3 episodes, 2004)
Emma Ferguson ...
 Edith Shaw Lennox (3 episodes, 2004)
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 John Boucher (3 episodes, 2004)
Jane Booker ...
 Mrs. Shaw (3 episodes, 2004)
Lucy Brown ...
 Ann Latimer (3 episodes, 2004)
Tom Charnock ...
 Williams (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Mr. Watson (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Capt. Maxwell Lennox (3 episodes, 2004)
Caroline Pegg ...
 Mrs. Boucher (3 episodes, 2004)
Will Tacey ...
 Mr. Latimer (3 episodes, 2004)
David Crellin ...
 Mr. Slickson (2 episodes, 2004)
Shaun Hennessey ...
 Mr. Henderson (2 episodes, 2004)
Frank Lauder ...
 Stephens (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Henderson Worker (2 episodes, 2004)
Ian McHale ...
 Stone (2 episodes, 2004)
Martin Walsh ...
 Mr. Hamper (2 episodes, 2004)
Spencer Wild ...
 Tom Boucher (2 episodes, 2004)
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This series operates on many levels. At the heart of the series is the tempestuous relationship between Margaret Hale, a young woman from a southern middle class family who finds herself uprooted to the north, and John Thornton, a formerly poverty-stricken cotton mill owner terrified of losing the viability of his business. Around them are class struggles between the workers and mill owners and ideological struggles between the industrial North and the agrarian South. After moving North, Margaret's father befriends his student Mr. Thornton. Margaret has already formed her opinion of Mr. Thornton independently after seeing him treat his workers harshly. As the series progresses, she and we the audience begin to learn that his strict treatment is due to an overarching concern for his mill and by extension, his employees. John Thornton, on the other hand, is attracted to Margaret's independence and position in society as a well-educated Southerner. As in "Pride and Prejudice" the ... Written by Anonymous

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North & South was surprisingly well received by audiences. The BBC, who had low expectations for the series, didn't publicize the series to a wider audience. They were surprised when only hours after the airing of the first episode the message board on BBC crashed down and had to be shut down due to the large number of visitors. Subsequently, the DVD was released on 11 April 2005 due to the huge success. See more »

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In the final scene at the train station a man is seen looking at his wristwatch. The story is set in 1851 (The Great Exhibition) and wristwatches were not invented until 1880. See more »

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John Thornton: Miss Hale, I didn't just come here to thank you. I came... because... I think it... very likely... I know I've never found myself in this position before. It's... difficult to find the words. Miss Hale, my feelings for you... are very strong...
Margaret Hale: Please! Stop. Pray, please don't go any further.
John Thornton: Excuse me?
Margaret Hale: Please don't continue in that way. It's not the way of a gentleman.
John Thornton: I'm well aware that in your eyes at least, I'm not a gentleman. But I think I deserve to know why I am offensive.
Margaret Hale: It offends ...
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Brilliant adaptation
6 December 2004 | by (Worcestershire) – See all my reviews

I had never read this book, but enjoy watching period dramas. I'm going to read the book now. I got into this in the first episode and I was gripped all the way through. I was rooting for Margaret and John to get together as it just had got to happen. Great portrayals by Sinead Cusack as John Thornton's mother and Jo Joyner as sister Fanny, she was funny. Brendan Coyle was great as Nicholas Higgins, showing us the worker's side of the story and what the unions were trying to do. Very believable acting from Richard Armitage as John Thornton and Daniela Denby-Ashe was lovely as Margaret. Thornton reminds me of similar sort of characters - Mr Rochester, Darcy. We need men like that.


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