The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

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Number of Discs
6
Release Date
17/03/2008
Studio
2 Entertain
format
DVD / Box Set
Duration
841
Certificate UK
12

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Box set of BBC period dramas based on the novels of much-admired Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. 'Cranford' (2007) tells the story of the small absurdities and major tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford, as they are besieged by forces that they can't withstand. Cranford in the 1840s is a small northern English town on the cusp of change. Things are on the move. The railway is pushing its way relentlessly towards the town from Manchester, bringing fears of migrant workers and the breakdown of law and order, and the arrival of handsome new doctor, Frank Harrison (Simon Woods), from London causes a stir; not only because of his revolutionary medical methods, but also because of the effect he has on many of the ladies' hearts in the town. Judi Dench plays Miss Matty Jenkyns, whose hopes and rebellious spirit were crushed when, as a young woman, she was forced to give up Mr Holbrook (Michael Gambon), the man she loved. 'North and South' (2004) is a passionate love story, set across the social divides in the changing world of Victorian industrial society. Margaret Hale (Daniella Denby-Ashe) is a southerner from a country vicarage newly settled in the industrial northern town of Milton. In the shock of her move, she misjudges charismatic cotton mill-owner John Thornton (Richard Armitage) , whose strength of purpose and passion are a match for her own pride and wilfulness. When the workers of Milton call a strike, Margaret takes their side, and the two are brought into deeper conflict. As events spiral out of control, Margaret - to her surprise - finds herself falling in love with Thornton. 'Wives and Daughters' (1999) is based on Gaskell's unfinished novel. The decision of long-time widower Mr Gibson (Bill Paterson) to remarry has several repercussions for his daughter, Molly (Justine Waddell), who resents the arrival of her stepmother Hyacinth (Francesca Annis). However, Molly also acquires a stepsister, Cynthia (Keeley Hawes), with whom she soon forms a close bond; a bond which is later put to the test when they both set their caps at the same man, Roger Hamley (Anthony Howell).

Main Format
DVD
Keyword Index
The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection|Judi Dench
Colour
Colour
Region
Region 2
Extras 2
Languages(s): English, Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu, Screen ratio 1:1.78, Dolby Digital, Stereo
Extras 3
Bonus Footage, Commentary: North and South: Commentary on episodes 1 and 4, Documentaries: Wives and Daughters: 'Who the Dickens is Mrs Gaskell?', Cranford: 'The Making of Cranford', Interviews: North and South: Interview with Richard Armitage (actor), Isloated Score, Making of Documentary, Production Notes
Catalogue Number
BBCDVD2545
Cast & Crew
Executive Producer: Sue Birtwistle Executive Producer: Susie Conklin Director: Brian Percival Director: Nicholas Renton Producer: Kate Bartlett Writer: Sandy Welch Writer: Andrew Davies Music: Martin Phipps Music: John Keane Actor: Judi Dench Actor: Julia Sawalha Actor: Michael Gambon Actor: Philip Glenister Actor: Lesley Manville Actor: Julia McKenzie Actor: Greg Wise Actor: Simon Woods Actor: Eileen Atkins Actor: Imelda Staunton Actor: Francesca Annis Actor: Daniela Denby-Ashe Actor: Richard Armitage Actor: Tim Pigott-Smith Actor: Pauline Quirke Actor: Sinéad Cusack Actor: Brendan Coyle Actor: Lucy Brown Actor: Rupert Evans Actor: David Fleeshman Actor: Ian Carmichael Actor: Deborah Findlay Actor: Barbara Flynn Actor: Iain Glen Actor: Keeley Hawes Actor: Tom Hollander Actor: Anthony Howell Actor: Barbara Leigh-Hunt Actor: Bill Paterson Actor: Justine Waddell Actor: Penelope Wilton

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