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)
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 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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The striped dress Daniela Denby-Ashe (Margaret Hale) wears in the final scene is the same costume previously worn in Bleak House (2005) by Gillian Anderson (Lady Dedlock) and in The Shadow in the North (2007) by Billie Piper (Sally Lockhart). 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: Was... was it Miss Hale who told you to come to me? You might have said.
Nicholas Higgins: And you've have been a little more civil?
John Thornton: [Thornton glares at him and leaves]
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a great adaptation
24 March 2005 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

With "North and South" the BBC has continued its fine tradition of producing great adaptations. Indeed "North and South" is one of the very best the BBC has done, capturing the nuances of the novel perfectly and bringing out the latent eroticism of the book. The only quibble is the way the screenwriter has changed the ending from that of the novel. Although this will irk some, I thought the new ending was in keeping with the story as a whole. The acting throughout is superb, especially from Richard Armitage as the brooding Mr Thornton - he captures exactly the character's pride, brutality, warmth and passion. I think Richard Armitage would be a very good James Bond.


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