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North & South 

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Mini-Series (2004)
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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 Ferguson Emma Ferguson ...  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 / ... 3 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
Martin Walsh Martin Walsh ...  Hamper / ... 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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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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North & South was surprisingly well received by audiences. The BBC had low expectations, and didn't widely publicize the series. They were surprised when only hours after the airing of the first episode the message board on BBC crashed and had to be shut down due to the large number of visitors. Subsequently, the DVD was released on 11 April 2005, due to the huge success. See more »

Goofs

When Thornton is taking his walk at the graveyard, after his mother asked him not to go and see Margaret, he is not wearing a hat. But when he returns home, the first thing you see is him placing his hat on the table. See more »

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Nicholas Higgins: My poor Bess! She lived the life of a dog. Hard work and illness. She never had one moment of rejoicing. I'm not saying I don't believe in your God, but I can't believe He meant the world to be as it is. The masters ruling over us, the rest of us left to live a half-life in the shadows.
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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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