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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Milton is based on Manchester, where Gaskell also lived. See more »

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When Thornton is taking his walk at the graveyard, after his mother asked him not to go and see Margaret, he is not wearing a hat. But when he returns home, the first thing you see is him placing his hat on the table. See more »

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John Thornton: Where are you going?
Margaret Hale: To London. I've been to Milton.
John Thornton: You'll not guess where I've been.
[Thornton pulls a rose from Helstone out of his pocket]
Margaret Hale: You've been to Helstone! I thought those had all gone!
John Thornton: I found it in the hedge row. You have to look hard. Why were you in Milton?
Margaret Hale: On business. Well, that is, I have a business proposition. Oh dear, I need Henry to help me explain.
John Thornton: You don't need Henry to explain.
Margaret Hale: I have to get this right. It's a business proposition. I have some £15,000. It is lying in ...
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14 December 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Elizabeth Gaskell may have invented the concept of the North/South divide in British society - some commentators think so. The adaptation of her novel makes it clear that although the North is viewed as a scary place for young Margaret Hale as she is forced to move there, she eventually falls in love with the working people she meets and with a mill owner, John Thornton, played movingly by Richard Armitage. I hope that people will find the social message of Gaskell's story relevant for today even though many viewers will be caught up in the central love story. The story deals with the infancy of the trade union movement and for those of us who had ancestors in the cotton industry, is very important in its portrayal of the dangerous working conditions. Reading the book is well worth the effort because it provides more insight in to the motivations of the characters and explains why they eventually grow to love each other. This is a very enjoyable TV drama and is worth repeating - hopefully the BBC will do so!


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