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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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 Miss Tomkinson 7 episodes, 2007-2009
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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
Rosy Byrne ...
 Lizzie Hutton 5 episodes, 2007
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 Caroline Tomkinson 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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 Margaret Gidman 3 episodes, 2007-2009
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 Job Gregson 3 episodes, 2007
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 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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 Major Gordon 2 episodes, 2007
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 Mulliner 2 episodes, 2007
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 Gypsy Woman 2 episodes, 2007
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 Farmer Graves 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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Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford  »

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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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This was Austen, Dickens and a bit of George Eliot all together and then some. The bad people not quite as cruel as Dickens. Class System naturally present but not as pronounced and little to none of who has how many thousand pounds and the need for dowries as in Jane Austen. And like (Mary Ann Evans) George Eliot's epochs, decisions and choices we make have consequences. There is laughter, joy, tragedy, misunderstanding, partings, reunions, love, gained, lost, unrequited. What makes this a tour de force is the Cast. Every performance exceptional beyond words, Jewels both from the women and the men. So many from the treasure chest of British thespians female and male. It is only amazing that Dame Maggie Smith or her stellar son Toby Stephens were absent in this Royal feast of actors. All somewhat overwhelming compared to the mediocrity of performance served up from Hollywood. Of Dame Judi Dench one could wax lyrical without end. However, Dame Eileen Atkins as always profound, who has now a career of nearly 50 years, as actress, writer, creator of television and theatre productions and is so extraordinary that adjectives do not suffice. To leave any name out is an injustice but in this space necessary. Francesca Annis' performance must be mentioned not only for its perfection but for her continued beauty and ethereal quality that mesmerises and haunts the spectator. More than 30 years I have rejoiced each time I have seen her. This production is among the finest of what BBC can do. It is rich beyond measure in its script, direction, decor and costume. Visually and Intellectually a Feast.


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