Cranford

Cranford

DVD - 2008
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Cranford, in 1842, is a market town in northwest England. It 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. For spinsters Deborah Jenkyns, the arbiter of correctness, and Matty, her demurring sister, the town is a hub of intrigue. Handsome new doctor Frank Harrison has arrived from London; a retired Captain and his daughters move in across the street and preparations for Lady Ludlows garden party are underway. The town has some secrets which are about to be revealed. But news comes that shakes the town, a railway line from Manchester is coming to Cranford.
Publisher: [New York] : BBC Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2008.
ISBN: 9781419867156
1419867156
Branch Call Number: DVD TV SHOW CRANFORD
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (291 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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trcookIIImddmd
Aug 06, 2017

Another BBC period piece with many interesting characters and subplots.

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NLAJKH
Mar 21, 2017

LOVE this movie!!! So oddly ingenious and captivating! Elizabeth Gaskell has a way of weaving through a story and wrapping it up that is absolutely scrumptious! You may find yourself getting a little lost in the language or the 5 stories happening at once, but the good news is you get to watch it again and rediscover all the things you missed and heartily enjoy yourself again and again :)
Don't forget to check out the other Elizabeth Gaskell classics!

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jorele
Mar 21, 2017

Absolutely delightful...as others have commented. Series is a conpilation of the Gaskell books. Some dialogue is lifted straight off the page. A true picture of Victorian life....& what we now laugh at the absurdities. But then it was 'everything'. I really enjoyed the dining scene where they were trying to eat with the 'new dangled fork'. A knife & spoon were the usual utensils & people still ate with their fingers. Queen Victoria deplored the fork & forbade it @ Court as she could never get the hang of it. As usual the costumes & sets & acting were amazing. Hollywood take notice!

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ba_library
Oct 08, 2016

Return to Cranford - not as good as the first Cranford. New characters appear from nowhere, the old ladies are still about gossiping. No young handsome doctors in this one, but the cow in pajamas reappears!

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ba_library
Oct 08, 2016

Entertaining BBC miniseries based on Elizabeth's Gaskell's novel. The cast is excellent with some of England's grand actresses of note - Judi Dench, Imelda Stauton, Francesca Annis. The story is set in 1842 and industrialization is sneaking up on little towns like Cranford. A young doctor settles in Cranford and all the ladies get a bit hysterical. By the end of episode 2, the young doctor is unknowingly engaged / committed to 4 women and of course, the drama unravels. Great acting, beautiful setting, serious at times (the grand dame who owns the local estate) and conscientious (the estate manager who wants a school built in the town) and of course, a bit silly - like the cow that got sick and someone made it - looked like pajamas! But I'm sure the cow probably thought it was engaged to the young, handsome doctor too. Entertaining, the first disc has 5 episodes, you'll probably have to watch them one after another - I did!

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graybear3
Sep 29, 2016

The first "season"- "Cranford" is 5 stars. Very well acted and written. Delightful to watch! The second "season" - "Return to Cranford is not near as good, about 3 1/2 stars. Has a different feel to it, as though produced or directed by someone else. Does not have nearly the humor nor is the dialog as witty. Still, well worth watching.

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graybear3
Sep 08, 2016

Another delightful BBC period series. It has clever dialog and great acting. Judi Dench & Imelda Staunton are a wonder to watch. It will make you laugh out loud and then get teary-eyed just minutes later. Wonderful!

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theredcrest
Apr 04, 2016

Excellent acting and true to life period time piece with it's costumes and makeup. The Railroad Men may never know that it was the "triumph of female fortitude ", as stated in the movie, that gave it the green light to bring the Train to Cranford. Calling all Jane Austen Fans. You will enjoy this movie.

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LadySade
Nov 02, 2015

Delightful if you are into period drama

Kereesa Aug 31, 2015

Tom Hiddleston is a dream boat.

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Monolith
Jul 14, 2013

Miss Matty Jenkyns: "...I do believe, Mr. Buxton, we have danced a waltz. In Cranford." Mr. Buxton: "How can a town survive so much?" Miss Matty Jenkyns: "...Love, Mr. Buxton. It is the final word."

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Monolith
Jun 23, 2013

Miss Pole: "A new, young doctor is coming to live in our midst! And Dr. Morgan has arranged a house for him; and he'll be kept by a widow who'll not arrive for a fortnight, was married to another doctor, and knows all about disease and surgery! So! What do you think to all of that?" Mrs. Forrester: "...That there is not sufficient sickness here, to keep him entertained!"

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Monolith
Jun 23, 2013

Mrs. Forrester: "Miss Pole... once a soul has known affection, 'tis more alert to the advantage of it!" Miss Pole: "You are out to trounce me... because you have had a husband, and I have not!" Mrs. Forrester (picks up a dish, smiling): "Bread and butter?"

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