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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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 Mrs Johnson (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Bella Gregson (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Dr Harrison (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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 Bertha (4 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Malachi Gregson (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Miss Deborah Jenkyns (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Mrs 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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 Walter Hutton (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 more of Elizabeth Gaskell's other material, and came up with the idea of adapting three of Gaskell's 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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Damn near perfect
19 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Cranford" is the type of drama, in writing (starts with a novel), acting and directing that the British do so well, a period piece that runs the viewer through the gamut of emotions -- frustration, anger, joy, relief, etc. -- in reaction to oh-so-subtle variations of human behavior, by illustrating the mores of the time, from quaint to maddening by modern standards on one hand, to the human generosity which defies them on the other.

As befit the greatest tales, there are several main characters with deftly interwoven stories here, so one must look elsewhere beyond these comments for knowledge of the characters and plot; but let me conclude by saying that "Cranford" has more HEART than any piece I've seen in quite some time. Shown as a "Masterpiece Classic" on America's PBS network, "Cranford" truly, truly, truly lived up to the Masterpiece moniker, with a capital M.


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