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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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 »

Goofs

In the last scene where Margaret and John are at the train station, the same woman in a brown bonnet and coat walks around or past the characters a total of eleven times. See more »

Quotes

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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Gorgeous adaptation
20 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a history teacher so I'm very critical of adaptations, especially those that sentimentalize the past in any way. This is a superb rendering of the spirit of the industrial age and the many facets of class struggle within it. It's also a richly romantic love story. The acting by all the cast is uniformly excellent but Richard Armitage as Thornton is a stand-out. The BBC is well-known for their meticulous attention to detail with locations and costumes. The working 19C mills used in the film are like watching a Jacob Riis photograph springing to life. The cinematography is gorgeous and the music is outstanding. This is the best historic fiction on screen I've ever seen.


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