North & South (2004)
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Maria Hale's health ceases and her daughter Margaret decides to contact her brother Frederick - who had to leave England years earlier due to a wrongful court decision. The mill workers in ... See full summary »


Brian Percival


Elizabeth Gaskell (novel), Sandy Welch (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sinéad Cusack ... Hannah Thornton
Simon Cassidy Simon Cassidy ... Male Worker
Elianne Byrne Elianne Byrne ... Female Worker
Emma Ashton Emma Ashton ... Mother
Richard Armitage ... John Thornton
Daniela Denby-Ashe ... Margaret Hale
David Crellin ... Slickson
William Houston ... John Boucher
Rae Kelly Hill Rae Kelly Hill ... Jenny (as Rae Kelly)
Holly Scourfield Holly Scourfield ... Lizzie
Anna Maxwell Martin ... Bessy Higgins
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Richard Hale
Lesley Manville ... Maria Hale
Rupert Evans ... Frederick Hale
Jo Joyner ... Fanny Thornton


Maria Hale's health ceases and her daughter Margaret decides to contact her brother Frederick - who had to leave England years earlier due to a wrongful court decision. The mill workers in Milton go on strike. In order to get his orders done in time, Thornton hires Irish workers. The angry strikers hear of this and in an attempt to threaten Thornton they hurt Margaret. Overwhelmed by Margaret's openly apparent readiness to save him from the strikers, Thornton decides to propose to her. Written by roc

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Drama | Romance




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21 November 2004 (UK) See more »

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When Thornton leaves his house to go propose to Margaret, he crosses through the busy yard bustling with people. A man in modern clothes and shoes pushes what appears to be a modern metal dolly through the crowd. See more »


John Thornton: First we speak of the color of fruit, than of love. How did that happen?
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North & South: Part 2
11 September 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always had a lifelong love for period dramas and adaptations. There are disappointments out there, both as book adaptations and on their own terms (the latter of which for me has always been a fairer way to judge), but many masterpieces.

Elizabeth Gaskell's 'North & South' is a masterpiece and a beautiful and affecting love story. This four-part mini-series succeeds not only as an adaptation and very faithful but also on its own terms. The story here is still the beautiful, affecting and timeless story that made me love the book in the first place. And the dialogue is wonderfully written, every bit as eloquent, sophisticated and literate as that in the book, as well as insightful. This is apparent once again in this second part where the storytelling is even richer and it's more eventful.

On its own terms, 'North & South' succeeds amazingly. A lot happens here without being over-stuffed. The pace is spot on with few rushed or draggy spots and no skimming over of pivotal scenes, and the length is just right. Plenty of time to flesh out the central relationship and explore with complexity the many different relationships 'North & South' has.

Production-values-wise, 'North & South' is flawless. The scenery is breathtaking without being too clean, the costumes are beautifully tailored and the photography is suitably elegant. The music is equally very good, with enough elegant and haunting motifs/themes to make it memorable.

The direction is always very assured, and the acting is pretty much outstanding with the characters written so well you do care for them and their situations. Daniela Denby-Ashe is a very poignant Margaret, and there are outstanding supporting turns from Tim Piggott-Smith and Lesley Manville.

Sinead Cusack is a standout in the supporting cast, relishing her beastly character. What made the mini-series for me was the superlative performance of Richard Amitage, who is very handsome and charismatic, has great delivery of his lines and manages to convey all sides of his complex character brilliantly.

All in all, stunning. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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