I do love a BBC costume drama!

CoverI became so attached to the cast of this superior drama that I was rather forlorn to give it back to the library!  Cranford and its stellar cast made me laugh, cry and smile – what more can be asked of entertainment?

With its delightful view of a bygone age and gentle comedy this series, spearheaded by its bonnet-clad spinsterhood, was a hit in Great Britain and collected a number of awards.

Set in the early 1840s in the fictional English village of Cranford. the story is based on novelist Elizabeth Gaskell works. It focuses on the town’s single and widowed middle class female inhabitants who are comfortable with their traditions and aim to maintain propriety at all times in the face of change.

I could not recommend it more and look forward to the library receiving Return to Cranford soon!

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7 thoughts on “I do love a BBC costume drama!

  1. Laraine 17 January 2011 / 12:18 pm

    Agreed, Colleen. Cranford kept us all (two females and one male) riveted to the screen.

  2. Joyciescotland 20 January 2011 / 2:59 pm

    I loved, loved, loved Gaskell’s North and South which the Beeb did back in 2004, and I particularly loved, loved, loved Richard Armitage! http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/northandsouth/
    Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters with Francesca Annis is well worthy of a watch too.

  3. Robyn 20 January 2011 / 4:42 pm

    Mrs Gaskell – I love Mrs Gaskell! Imagine being a writer known as Mrs something. Could I write my novel this year as Mrs Stewart? After I’ve read Proust? Anyway all the T.V. series are good but the books are, if not better, equally as great. I’ve even listened to them on talking book. Miss Matty is one of my favourite characters in fiction.

  4. Katie 25 January 2011 / 11:13 am

    Well if you love BBC costume dramas, there are another couple that should hopefully reach these shores soon, if they haven’t done so already – Downton Abbey, and the remake of UpStairs Downstairs that was on over Christmas in the UK. I saw a couple of episodes and they were great, here’s a link to some info on it. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8303620.stm. I will be watching to see if they are being shown in NZ.

  5. robyn 25 January 2011 / 5:21 pm

    I saw a couple of episodes of Downton Abbey as well and it did look good, especially the incomparable Maggie Smith as the Dowager Duchess. I also enjoyed the nasty comments in the newpapers regarding historical howlers like a TV aerial appearing in the background of one scene and yellow lines on the road in another. The writer Julian Fellows mounted a spirited defence to nit-picking about side saddle skirts being worn the wrong way and language that was not in general useage at the time. All part of the fun.

  6. Robyn 26 January 2011 / 12:28 pm

    The bastard child of Alan Bennett and Frankie Howerd – what could be better? Also I don’t know what a dowager countess should sound like. I missed Upstairs Downstairs but pretty excoriating reviews for that, especially Jean Marsh, a shame because I remember her fondly from the original.

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