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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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 Harry Gregson (7 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Captain Brown (7 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Miss Galindo (7 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Mr Johnson (7 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Jem Hearne (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Martha (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
Debra Gillett ...
 Mrs Johnson (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Lady Ludlow (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
Emma Lowndes ...
 Bella Gregson (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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 Mrs Rose (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Helen Hutton (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Jessie Brown (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Sir Charles Maulver (5 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Bertha (4 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Bessie (4 episodes, 2007)
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 Margaret Gidman (3 episodes, 2007-2009)
Dean Lennox Kelly ...
 Job Gregson (3 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Byrne ...
 Malachi Gregson (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Jack Marshland (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Clara Smith / ... (3 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 William Buxton (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Miss Deborah Jenkyns (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Mrs Bell (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Peggy Bell (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Edward Bell (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Mr Buxton (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Erminia Whyte (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Walter Hutton (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Mr Peter Jenkyns (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Major Gordon (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Mulliner (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Kate (2 episodes, 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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Sue Birtwistle found out about the novel Cranford after finishing another project. Despite liking it immensely, she felt it wasn't enough to create a drama series, so she read a large portion of Gaskell's other material, and came up with the idea of adapting three of Elizabeth Gaskell novellas into a BBC Drama series; hence Cranford. The three novels were "Cranford", "Mr Harrison's Confessions" and "My Lady Ludlow." Birtwistle and her co-creator Susie Conklin spent several weeks in Birtwistle's apartment in New York using color coded cards to piece the stories together. When writer Heidi Thomas came on board, she mentioned that they had married off someone twice. See more »

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Absolutely delightful!
6 December 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

As a typically boofheaded Aussie bloke, it is very hard to admit that i have found myself weeping like a child, during each episode. My wife and I have been keen viewers of BBC drama over a period of 25 years or so and both agree that this must be the most incredibly beautiful series that we have seen! I am humbled by the strength of the female characters and how delicately simple the plots. I can but only give all involved in this series a huge bouquet. I have never been overly impressed by Dame Judy until now. She is incredible in her role as Matti. 10 out of 10.The actress who plays Mary is also a favourite. The right mix of humour and pathos will make this a memorable series for years to come.


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