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Monday, December 14

Cranford reprise on Masterpiece Classic

This Sunday December 20th, Masterpiece Classic returns to PBS with a reprise of last season’s highly acclaimed presentation of the mini-series Cranford based on Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel airing in three parts on consecutive Sundays through January 3rd. Here is the description from the PBS website.

Welcome to Cranford, circa 1840 ... a rural English town where etiquette rules, undergirded by a healthy amount of gossip. Modernity is making a move in town as construction of a railway comes harrowingly close. Cranford's eclectic residents, among them Matty Jenkyns (Dame Judi Dench) her sister Deborah (Dame Eileen Atkins), and Miss Pole (Imelda Staunton), stay immersed in the sweet pleasures and sometimes heartbreaking realities of simple village life. But when a handsome, young doctor arrives with cutting-edge new techniques, it rapidly becomes clear that as the world changes, so Cranford will change with it. Based on three Elizabeth Gaskell novels (Cranford, My Lady Ludlow and Mr. Harrison's Confessions), and boasting an all-star cast, Cranford breathes life into one town during one extraordinary year.

This is really the wind up to the premiere on January 10th of the next two episodes of the saga, Return to Cranford. Yes, Miss Matty, Miss Pole, Mrs. Forrester and Miss Tomkinson, the amazons of the early Victorian small-town Cranford, return in a new production that is sure to charm and delight us. Produced by the estimable team of Sue Birtwistle and Susie Conklin who brought us Pride and Prejudice (1995), Emma (1996) and Wives and Daughters (1999), it may be the last bonnet drama produced by BBC/PBS for some time, so cherish every moment.

Visit the official Cranford site at Masterpiece Classic
Read Vic’s preview of Cranford at Jane Austen Today
Cranford is a Delightful Place to Visit at Jane Austen’s World
Some Say that Gaskell is Austen embellished with Dickens at Austenprose

Enjoy, Laurel Ann, Austenprose


Charleybrown said...

I CANNOT wait to see the sequel and I plan on watching the original to warm up for another encounter with the ladies of Cranford! There's a neat article written by Heidi Thomas discussing the sequel here:

Vic said...

I love that image, LA. So typical of the first part of the series. Like Charleybrown, I can't wait for this new series to start.

Katherine said...

I too look forward to the sequel! I've been reading Cranford in the meantime.

Nonna Beach said...

I will be waiting to feast on Cranford again and it's sequel !

I am so upset that BBC is not making any more bonnet dramas for a long time. What about remakes of some of the Catherine Cookson novels from a few years ago ? Or Barbara Cartland's novels ?
( kinda soapish but good !