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Cranford

Synopsis
A television adaptation of three Elizabeth Gaskell novels: ‘Cranford’, ‘My Lady Ludlow’, and ‘Mr Harrison’s Confessions’ the story follows the small absurdities and major tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford during one extraordinary year. Cranford in the 1840s is a small Cheshire market town on the cusp of change. The railway is pushing its way relentlessly towards the town from Manchester, bringing fears of migrant workers and the breakdown of law and order. The arrival of a dashing new doctor from London causes a stir - not only because of his revolutionary medical methods, but also because of the effect he has on the hearts of many of the ladies in the town.

DVD extras include 30-minute making-of documentary.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2008
Year of production
2007
Notes
Broadcast on BBC1 in five weekly parts, beginning 18/11/2007
Subjects
Drama; Literature
Keywords
social history; television drama; Gaskell, Elizabeth; Literary adaptation

Credits

Director
Sue Birtwistle; Susie Conkin
Writer
Elizabeth Gaskell
Cast
Eileen Atkins 
Francesca Annis 
Greg Wise 
Imelda Staunton 
Judi Dench 
Julia McKenzie 
Lesley Manville 
Michael Gambon 
Philip Glenister 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
300 minutes
Year
2008

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

2 Entertain Video

Email
DVDenquiryline@bbc.com
Web
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Phone
020 7612 3000
Fax
020 7612 3003
Address
BBC Worldwide
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7TL
Notes
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