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The BBC drama series adapted from Mary Gaskell's classic 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 Captain and his daughters have moved in to a house opposite and the preparations for Lady Ludlows 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: Mattys encounter with an old flame at the garden party; Lady Ludlows gardener, 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.


Studio Warner
SKU 206929568
UPC 883929012404
UPC 14 00883929012404
Format DVD
Release Date 5/20/2008
Rating NR
Editors Note
Note Gossip, gossip, and more gossip! This BBC film adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel captures all the nuances of life in a small upper-class English town. It's a place ruled by social order, and plagued by women who sneer and connive behind closed doors. All it takes to set these ladies off is a small ripple in the social fabric; so when a handsome stranger enters their lives, he brings a world of trouble to their supposedly quiet universe. But are things in this uptight little neck of the woods about to change? How long can a place obsessed with tradition hold on to its perceived values as industry and modernity are creeping in all around them? Their world is about to get rocked not just by scandal and intrigue, but by a new train that is going to unite their cut-off society with the rest of England. Drama, romance, and dirty little secrets abound in this clever period piece.
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "Seamlessly adapted from three Elizabeth Gaskell novels, the result is by turns funny, sad and subtly riveting....Gorgeous stuff." 03/01/2008 p.146
Cast & Crew
Alex Etel - Actor
Ben Smithard - Cinematographer
Carl Davis - Original Music By
Dan Roberts - Editor
Donal Woods - Production Designer
Frances Parker - Editor
Imelda Staunton - Actor
Judi Dench - Actor
Julia McKenzie - Actor
Kimberley Nixon - Actor
Lisa Dillon - Actor
Mark Kebby - Art Director
Mary Gaskell - Based On Novels By
Michael Gambon - Actor
Rebecca Eaton - Executive Producer
Simon Curtis - Director
Simon Woods - Actor
Steve Hudson - Director
Sue Birtwistle - Producer
Sue Birtwistle, et. al. - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 1000037442
UPC 00883929012404
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 295 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (2008) British Academy Awards, Cranford, Audience Award (TV),British Academy Awards, Eileen Atkins, Best Actress,British Academy Awards, Judi Dench, Best Actress,British Academy Awards, Jenny Beavan, Best Costume Design,British Academy Awards, Alison Elliott, Best Make Up & Hair Design,British Academy Awards, Heidi Thomas, Best Writer
Golden Globe (2009) Cranford, Nominee, Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television,Eileen Atkins, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television,Judi Dench, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Emmy (2008) Alison Elliott, Winner, Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie,Eileen Atkins, Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie,Heidi Thomas, Nominee, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special,Jenny Beavan, Mark Ferguson, Nominee, Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special,Jerry Wanek, et. al., Nominee, Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie,Judi Dench, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie,Kate Harwood, et. al., Nominee, Outstanding Miniseries,Maggie Lunn, Nominee, Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
British Academy Awards (2008) Eileen Atkins, Winner, Best Actress
Product Attributes
Actor Dench,Judi
Label BBC Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
The Hollywood Reporter instant classic.
Lara Killian, PopMatters ...for anyone interested in the social issues of the Victorian era, and industrial development and its impact on society at the time...
MaryAnn Johanson, The Flick Filosopher This is as good as this kind of thing gets. Don't miss it.
Paul Mavis, DVD Talk ...gorgeous, lush location filming, impeccable costuming and set design, and of course a roster of exemplary performers.
The Sunday Express ...the period drama of the year, and probably the series of the year.

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