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Cranford 

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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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Series cast summary:
Judi Dench ...  Miss Matty Jenkyns 7 episodes, 2007-2009
Julia McKenzie ...  Mrs Forrester 7 episodes, 2007-2009
Imelda Staunton ...  Miss Pole / ... 7 episodes, 2007-2009
Lisa Dillon ...  Mary Smith 7 episodes, 2007-2009
Deborah Findlay ...  Miss Tomkinson 7 episodes, 2007-2009
Barbara Flynn ...  Mrs Jamieson / ... 7 episodes, 2007-2009
Alex Etel ...  Harry Gregson 7 episodes, 2007-2009
Alex Jennings ...  Reverend Hutton / ... 7 episodes, 2007-2009
Jim Carter ...  Captain Brown 7 episodes, 2007-2009
Emma Fielding ...  Miss Galindo 7 episodes, 2007-2009
Adrian Scarborough ...  Mr Johnson 7 episodes, 2007-2009
Andrew Buchan ...  Jem Hearne 6 episodes, 2007-2009
Claudie Blakley ...  Martha 6 episodes, 2007-2009
Debra Gillett Debra Gillett ...  Mrs Johnson 6 episodes, 2007-2009
Francesca Annis ...  Lady Ludlow 6 episodes, 2007-2009
Emma Lowndes Emma Lowndes ...  Bella Gregson 6 episodes, 2007-2009
Simon Woods ...  Dr Harrison 5 episodes, 2007
Rosy Byrne Rosy Byrne ...  Lizzie Hutton 5 episodes, 2007
Kimberley Nixon ...  Sophy Hutton 5 episodes, 2007
John Bowe ...  Dr Morgan 5 episodes, 2007
Selina Griffiths Selina Griffiths ...  Caroline Tomkinson 5 episodes, 2007
Philip Glenister ...  Mr Carter 5 episodes, 2007
Lesley Manville ...  Mrs Rose 5 episodes, 2007
Hester Odgers ...  Helen Hutton 5 episodes, 2007
Julia Sawalha ...  Jessie Brown 5 episodes, 2007
Greg Wise ...  Sir Charles Maulver 5 episodes, 2007-2009
Hannah Hobley ...  Bertha 4 episodes, 2007-2009
Hannah Stokely Hannah Stokely ...  Bessie 4 episodes, 2007
Bessie Carter ...  Margaret Gidman 3 episodes, 2007-2009
Dean Lennox Kelly ...  Job Gregson 3 episodes, 2007
Andrew Byrne Andrew Byrne ...  Malachi Gregson 3 episodes, 2007
Joe McFadden ...  Jack Marshland 3 episodes, 2007
Finty Williams ...  Clara Smith / ... 3 episodes, 2007-2009
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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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Official Sites:

BBC [UK] | PBS [United States]

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford See more »

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Runtime:

(total runtime) | (5 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Judi Dench had read the novel 'Cranford' at school, and when a neighbor lent her the book, she was vividly reminded of Gaskell's writing. She stated that she hoped that this television adaptation would "make people want to read her." See more »


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Simply Delicious
19 November 2007 | by alfa-16See all my reviews

If you thought that North and South 2004, Bleak House 2005 and Jane Eyre 2006 were heroic steps forward in period adaptation you are absolutely going to adore this. I'm hoping, on the strength of the first episode, that we may be about to ascend new heights.

Liberties are taken. The material is being reinterpreted for the screen with a dashing disrespect for fidelity that is bound to offend those critics who watch screen adaptations with their Everyman edition on their knee but what Thomas has done here is bring the spirit of Gaskell and the humour of the age (specifically northern humour), magnificently to life.

Eileen Atkins' performance alone will carry this series to every Award ceremony worthy of attention but there is so much more you may be left agape with wonder or clapping your hands with glee at the stories surrounding Cranford's womenfolk, many condemned to spinsterhood by the Napoleonic Wars. And there's much more still to come.

You won't see the novel reassembled piece by piece, but what you'll get instead is a mordant, hilarious, moving, masterpiece of the art of adaptation and a brilliant cast extracting every last every drop of juice from the fruit (sucked separately, of course).

Cranford is vibrantly alive and kicking as it never has been before. Bring on the rest. If you please.


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