The small town gossip, secrets, and romance of Mary Gaskells' popular series of novels comes to the small screen in this BBC drama series from director Simon Curtis. The year is 1842, and Cranford is a modest Cheshire market town on the verge of great change. The railway is reaching to Cranford from Manchester, and the locals fear that their town will soon be overrun with migrant workers and lawlessness. Spinster Deborah Jenkins Eileen Atkins) is the arbitrator of correctness about town, and as far as she and her demurring sister Matty (Judi Dench) are concerned there's never a dull moment in Cranford. Things begin to get especially interesting after handsome new doctor Frank Harrison (Simon Woods) arrives in town shocking the locals with his decidedly non-traditional methods of practicing medicine. Frank has a powerful effect on the ladies around town, but when Matty runs into an old flame at Lady Ludlow's garden party her thoughts drift back to the time when she was forced to give up the man she once loved with all her heart. No one is immune from the gossip that winds its way through the local circuits, and that gossip can almost always be traced back to the Jenkins sisters. When news emerges that the railroad is coming to town, everyone realizes that their tidy little universe is about to expand in ways that they could have never imagined. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
ContentsSpecial feature : The making of Cranford.
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn,
-- Television adaptations.
Market towns -- England -- Drama.
Single women -- England -- Drama.
Gossip -- England -- Drama.
Sisters -- England -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- England -- Drama.
England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Drama.
England -- Drama.
Historical television programs.
Fiction television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| [England] : Burbank, CA :BBC Video ;2008
Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video,
|Other Titles|| Cranford.
Thomas, Heidi, 1962-
Curtis, Simon, 1960-
Dench, Judi, 1934-
Atkins, Eileen, 1934-
Annis, Francesca, 1945-
Staunton, Imelda, 1956-
Wise, Greg, 1966-
Kelly, Dean Lennox.
Davis, Chicago Carl
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865. Cranford.
2 Entertain (Firm)
British Broadcasting Corporation.
WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
BBC Video (Firm)
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Philip Glenister, Michael Gambon, Francesca Annis, Imelda Staunton, Judi McKenzie, Greg Wise, Lesley Manville, Alex Jennings, Dean Lennox Kelly.
Music, Carl Davis.
With optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
Originally broadcast on BBC television in 2007.
Based on three novels by Elizabeth Gaskell.
DVD, region 1, widescreen (16:9) presentation; Dolby Digital stereo.
2 videodiscs (291 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.