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Cranford 

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Series (2007–2010)
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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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Cast

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 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
Tom Hiddleston ...  William Buxton 2 episodes, 2009
Eileen Atkins ...  Miss Deborah Jenkyns 2 episodes, 2007
Lesley Sharp ...  Mrs Bell 2 episodes, 2009
Jodie Whittaker ...  Peggy Bell 2 episodes, 2009
Matthew McNulty ...  Edward Bell 2 episodes, 2009
Jonathan Pryce ...  Mr Buxton 2 episodes, 2009
Michelle Dockery ...  Erminia Whyte 2 episodes, 2009
Haydon Downing Haydon Downing ...  Walter Hutton 2 episodes, 2007
Nicholas Le Prevost ...  Mr Peter Jenkyns 2 episodes, 2009
Alistair Petrie ...  Major Gordon 2 episodes, 2007
Michael Gambon ...  Mr Holbrook / ... 2 episodes, 2007
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Andrew Westfield Andrew Westfield ...  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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Drama

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK] | PBS [United States]

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UK | USA

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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Jenny Beavan and Sue Birtwistle found designing the costumes a challenge because the original author had been very detailed, but both cited how much fun they and the actors had when it came to fitting. Eileen Atkins was reported to have put on a pair of boots that were somewhat masculine and stated that they made her know what her character would feel like. Atkins also wore costumes that were a few years out of fashion to the date of the story, because it was felt that her character wouldn't have bought her own clothes, and been frugal with her expenditures. Greg Wise and Julia Sawalha both also started liking wearing costumes, with the former stating that the restraint improved acting, and Sawalha saying she loved dressing up, joking that that the costumes were the "simple and shallow" reasons she liked period dramas. See more »

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Featured in The Story of the Costume Drama: The Stars (2008) See more »

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Cranford is simply wonderful
21 February 2009 | by sfbobby94110See all my reviews

For those interested, it is available on DVD. I bought my copy whilst in London recently, but BBC America might have it. Also, in the "extras", the makers mention that they do have another book ready to go if anyone wants it ! I DO!!! I love this series, it is beautiful, sad and happy, great cast all around. If one likes costume dramas, or "bonnets & bustles" as one the actors put it, you cannot get much better than than this. If anything justifies the license fee in the UK, this series does. Probably on a par with Upstairs Downstairs. And better, in my opinion than any Austen adaptation. Definitely not Dr Who, but I could see him landing in Cranford, would spoil the effect though. Set in a Cheshire village in 1842-43. When the trains were being built across the country, intruding on the old, quite country life. Manchester is the nearest big city, London a terror to these people. That is, they would never consider going there, but Manchester if they must. Purely delightful and, yes, a tear jerker at moments. I do not normally have such tears when watching a film, but admit I did not a few times watching Cranford. Brilliant.


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