Cranford - Golden Globe ® Nominee!
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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.
"...for anyone interested in the social issues of the Victorian era, and industrial development and its impact on society at the time... Lara Killian, PopMatters
"This is as good as this kind of thing gets. Don't miss it. MaryAnn Johanson, The Flick Filosopher
"...gorgeous, lush location filming, impeccable costuming and set design, and of course a roster of exemplary performers. Paul Mavis, DVD Talk
"...the period drama of the year, and probably the series of the year. The Sunday Express
Editor's NoteGossip, 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.
Cranford: The Collection - DVD Review
By: Jennifer Bogart Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 2/18/2010 3:19 PM
|The town of Cranford in the North West of England in 1842 is poised on the brink of change. Long governed by an unusually high population of older, single women, its culture revolves around propriety and social calls. The slightest hint of change in fashions, residence, or circumstance prompts a torrent of talk. Still, despite the oft-times virulent stream of misunderstandings and troubled times, Cranford is a town with deeply held friendships and strong loyalties. Cranford: The Collection is a beautiful two-volume boxed set that includes both the original Cranford with five parts on two DVDs, and the two parts of Cranford: Return to Cranford on a single DVD....read the full review|
|Ben Smithard - Cinematographer|
|Carl Davis - Original Music By|
|Dan Roberts - Editor|
|Donal Woods - Production Designer|
|Frances Parker - Editor|
|Mark Kebby - Art Director|
|Mary Gaskell - Based On Novels By|
|Rebecca Eaton - Executive Producer|
|Simon Curtis - Director|
|Steve Hudson - Director|
|Sue Birtwistle - Producer|
|Sue Birtwistle, et. al. - Screenplay|
|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|
|Alison Elliott, Winner, Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie|
|Eileen Atkins, Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie|
British Academy Awards (2008)
|Eileen Atkins, Winner, Best Actress|
|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|