“.. the period drama of the year, and probably the series of the year.” --The Sunday Express
The hugely successful BBC classic drama adapted from Elizabeth Gaskell’s three novels of small town gossip, secrets and romance.
1842. Cranford, a market town in the North West of England, is a place governed by etiquette, custom and above all, an intricate network of ladies. It seems that life has always been conducted according to their social rules, but Cranford is on the cusp of change…
For spinsters Deborah Jenkyns, the arbiter of correctness in Cranford, and Matty, her demurring sister, the town is a hub of intrigue - a handsome new doctor Frank Harrison from London has arrived; a retired Army Captain and his daughters have moved in to a house opposite and the preparations for Lady Ludlow’s garden party are underway. Everyone - from charming rogue Dr Marshland to mean Mrs Jamieson and her lap dog – talks, and is talked about, behind closed doors.
The town also has its secrets which it slowly reveals: Matty’s encounter with an old flame at the garden party; Lady Ludlow’s land agent Mr Carter teaching a gypsy lad to read and write; the wild expectations of the May Day celebrations and - news that shakes the town when it is revealed - a railway line from Manchester is coming to Cranford.
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: This BBC dramatization of three of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels captures the small absurdities and tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford, a small rural Cheshire town, inhabited largely by women. This is a community that runs on cooperation and gossip, at the very heart of which are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns and her sister Miss Matty. But domestic peace is constantly threatened in the form of financial disaster, imagined burglaries, tragic accidents, and the reappearance of long-lost relatives. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes, ...Cranford - 2-Disc Set ( Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford ) (Blu-Ray)