Cranford (2007– )

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In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.

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 Mary Smith (7 episodes, 2007-2009)
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Debra Gillett ...
 Mrs. Johnson (7 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Martha (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Lady Ludlow (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Bella Gregson (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Sir Charles Maulver (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Dr. Harrison (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Lizzie Hutton (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Sophy Hutton (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Dr. Morgan (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Caroline Tomkinson (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Mr. Carter (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Helen Hutton (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Bertha (5 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Margaret Gidman (4 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Bessie (4 episodes, 2007)
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 William Buxton (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Mrs. Bell (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Erminia Whyte (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Edward Bell (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Peggy Bell (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Mr. Buxton (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Job Gregson (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Malachi Gregson (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Lady Glenmire (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Miss Deborah Jenkyns (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Walter Hutton (2 episodes, 2007)
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Roger Ennals ...
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Patricia Leach ...
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Andrew Westfield ...
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In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.

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Jenny Beavan and Sue Birtwistle found designing the costumes a challenge because the original author had been very detailed, but both cited how much fun they and the actors had when it came to fitting. Eileen Atkins was reported to have put on a pair of boots that were somewhat masculine and stated that they made her know what her character would feel like. Atkins also wore costumes that were a few years out of fashion to the date of the story, because it was felt that her character wouldn't have bought her own clothes, and been frugal with her expenditures. Greg Wise and Julia Sawalha both also started liking wearing costumes, with the former stating that the restraint improved acting, and Sawalha saying she loved dressing up, joking that that the costumes were the "simple and shallow" reasons she liked period dramas. See more »

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Simply Delicious
19 November 2007 | by (Rural Kent, UK) – See all my reviews

If you thought that North and South 2004, Bleak House 2005 and Jane Eyre 2006 were heroic steps forward in period adaptation you are absolutely going to adore this. I'm hoping, on the strength of the first episode, that we may be about to ascend new heights.

Liberties are taken. The material is being reinterpreted for the screen with a dashing disrespect for fidelity that is bound to offend those critics who watch screen adaptations with their Everyman edition on their knee but what Thomas has done here is bring the spirit of Gaskell and the humour of the age (specifically northern humour), magnificently to life.

Eileen Atkins' performance alone will carry this series to every Award ceremony worthy of attention but there is so much more you may be left agape with wonder or clapping your hands with glee at the stories surrounding Cranford's womenfolk, many condemned to spinsterhood by the Napoleonic Wars. And there's much more still to come.

You won't see the novel reassembled piece by piece, but what you'll get instead is a mordant, hilarious, moving, masterpiece of the art of adaptation and a brilliant cast extracting every last every drop of juice from the fruit (sucked separately, of course).

Cranford is vibrantly alive and kicking as it never has been before. Bring on the rest. If you please.


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