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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Daniela Denby-Ashe ...  Margaret Hale 4 episodes, 2004
Richard Armitage ...  John Thornton 4 episodes, 2004
Tim Pigott-Smith ...  Richard Hale 4 episodes, 2004
Sinéad Cusack ...  Hannah Thornton 4 episodes, 2004
Brendan Coyle ...  Nicholas Higgins 4 episodes, 2004
Pauline Quirke ...  Dixon 4 episodes, 2004
Jo Joyner ...  Fanny Thornton 4 episodes, 2004
Kay Lyon Kay Lyon ...  Mary Higgins 4 episodes, 2004
Lesley Manville ...  Maria Hale 3 episodes, 2004
Anna Maxwell Martin ...  Bessy Higgins 3 episodes, 2004
Emma Owen Emma Owen ...  Edith Lennox 3 episodes, 2004
Jane Booker ...  Mrs. Shaw 3 episodes, 2004
Tom Charnock Tom Charnock ...  Williams 3 episodes, 2004
William Houston ...  John Boucher 3 episodes, 2004
John Light ...  Henry Lennox 3 episodes, 2004
Brian Protheroe Brian Protheroe ...  Mr. Bell 3 episodes, 2004
Will Tacey Will Tacey ...  Mr. Latimer 3 episodes, 2004
Lucy Brown ...  Ann Latimer 3 episodes, 2004
Rupert Evans ...  Frederick / ... 3 episodes, 2004
Caroline Pegg Caroline Pegg ...  Mrs. Boucher 3 episodes, 2004
Tim Faraday ...  Watson / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Travis Oliver ...  Captain Lennox 2 episodes, 2004
David Crellin ...  Slickson 2 episodes, 2004
Ian McHale Ian McHale ...  Stone 2 episodes, 2004
Spencer Wild Spencer Wild ...  Tom Boucher 2 episodes, 2004
Frank Lauder Frank Lauder ...  Stephens 2 episodes, 2004
Carl McCrystal ...  Henderson Worker 2 episodes, 2004
Shaun Hennessey Shaun Hennessey ...  Henderson 2 episodes, 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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Politics meets passion in Elizabeth Gaskell's classic tale of love across the social divide

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Drama | Romance

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Richard Armitage was voted "Most Desirable Drama Star" and "Best Actor", Daniela Denby-Ashe was voted "Best Actress" and three different scenes were voted as the year's "Favourite Moments", with the final scene winning the number one spot. See more »

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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: Where are you going?
Margaret Hale: To London. I've been to Milton.
John Thornton: You'll not guess where I've been.
[Thornton pulls a rose from Helstone out of his pocket]
Margaret Hale: You've been to Helstone! I thought those had all gone!
John Thornton: I found it in the hedge row. You have to look hard. Why were you in Milton?
Margaret Hale: On business. Well, that is, I have a business proposition. Oh dear, I need Henry to help me explain.
John Thornton: You don't need Henry to explain.
Margaret Hale: I have to get this right. It's a business proposition. I have some £15,000. It is lying in the bank...
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Northbound Train
By Martin Phipps
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Social relevance for today
14 December 2004 | by jhsteelSee all my reviews

Elizabeth Gaskell may have invented the concept of the North/South divide in British society - some commentators think so. The adaptation of her novel makes it clear that although the North is viewed as a scary place for young Margaret Hale as she is forced to move there, she eventually falls in love with the working people she meets and with a mill owner, John Thornton, played movingly by Richard Armitage. I hope that people will find the social message of Gaskell's story relevant for today even though many viewers will be caught up in the central love story. The story deals with the infancy of the trade union movement and for those of us who had ancestors in the cotton industry, is very important in its portrayal of the dangerous working conditions. Reading the book is well worth the effort because it provides more insight in to the motivations of the characters and explains why they eventually grow to love each other. This is a very enjoyable TV drama and is worth repeating - hopefully the BBC will do so!


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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 2005 (USA) See more »

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(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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