Cranford

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This witty story, starring the Oscar-winning Judi Dench, follows the absurdities and tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford. Set in the 1840s, Cranford is a small northern English town on the cusp of change. Talk of a new railway being built brings fears of the breakdown of law and order. The arrival of a handsome new doctor from London causes a stir among the ladies' in the town.
Starring
Dame Judi DenchMichael GambonFrancesca Annis
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. June 1842
    November 18, 2007
    54min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mary Smith flees Manchester to stay with spinster sisters, Deborah and Matty Jenkyns, in the rural town of Cranford. A young doctor, Frank Harrison, comes to Cranford to help the existing Doctor and is the talk of the town. The sisters are intrigued when the house across the street is rented to a retired soldier, Captain Brown. It seems he is already knows local aristocrat, Sir Charles Maulver.
  2. 2. August 1842
    November 25, 2007
    54min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Cranford's ladies are preparing for Lady Ludlow's Garden Party, the social event of the year. Dr. Harrison has eyes for Sophy Hutton, the daughter of Cranford's rector, Reverend Hutton. Matty is shaken at the party when she meets a mysterious acquaintance from her past. Things start to go badly at the party when local gossips overhear a new railway line will be built to come right into Cranford.
  3. 3. November 1842
    December 2, 2007
    54min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    As winter approaches, Cranford is overwhelmed by sorrows and struggles to re-gain its confidence. When Dr. Harrison's housekeeper, Mrs Rose, discovers a leg of mutton was stolen from the kitchen window the same night that Mr. Johnson, the owner of the town's store, is mugged, the ladies decide that a crime wave has hit Cranford. Christmas arrives and Cranford huddles together to celebrate.
  4. 4. April 1843
    December 9, 2007
    54min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Matty suffers a great disappointment and decides to confide in Mary about her lost love. Dr. Harrison visits the Rectory and formally asks the Reverend Hutton for permission to court Sophy. Everyone has high expectations for the upcoming May Day and Dr. Harrison looks forward to the first time he will be able to be with Sophy openly as a couple.
  5. 5. May 1843
    December 16, 2007
    54min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Miss Pole invites the ladies of the town to a secret meeting to discuss Matty's crisis. Dr. Harrison, on the other hand, is shunned by the town - no patients will come to him now that the true about him is exposed. Mr. Carter is horrified to discover that Lady Ludlow has secretly mortgaged her estate to raise money for her son's villa in Italy.

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Supporting actors
Eileen AtkinsPhilip GlenisterAlex JenningsDean Lennox KellyLesley ManvilleJulia McKenzieImelda StauntonJulia SawalhaGreg WiseSimon Woods
Producers
Kate Harwood
Season year
2007
Network
BBC
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Reading RocksReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely story but MANY SCENES DELETED ON AMAZON KINDLE VERSION
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LOVE this story!! Small English town coming to grips with life's sorrows and joys. Sharing true friendships; helping each other without reservation. The acting is so fabulous. I saw this series many, many years ago when it was on TV and recently decided to view it thru Amazon Prime.

BE WARNED: THE AMAZON PRIME VERSION HAS DELETED MANY, MANY SCENES - BOTH SMALL SCENES AND BIG SCENES FROM THE VERSION THAT YOU WATCH ON YOUR KINDLE. Every scene in this story has a meaning and nuance and when scenes are cut, you miss out on understanding who the characters are and why they are doing what-they-do. I'm a BIG fan of Amazon, but to do this to any movie or series is almost blasphemous. If you want to see the original, UNEDITED version, rent it from your local Library or buy the series.

THIS AMAZON VERSION IS A CUT-AND-PASTE VIEW. DO NOT WATCH IT!!!
24 people found this helpful
IHeartArtReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic BBC show, excellent storyline and fabulous casting!
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I am a huge fan of BBC and PBS based shows and was delighted to come across Cranford. The series is based in a small Victorian town that is out of the way of much larger towns. The characters each have their own quirks and personalities and have been well casted. Judi Dench portrays an older woman who has never been married and lives with her very staunch and assertive sister portrayed by Eileen Atkins. The show starts out with their niece Mary Smith, played by Lisa Dillon arriving in town to live with the two sisters and their lives unfold over time. The plot has many twists and turns as a new handsome and single doctor arrives in town and all of the single ladies are looking to court him but he is in love with but one beautiful young lass.
Several of the characters are downright hilarious, as much of the town is full of women who love to gossip and can often argue over who is going to tell the latest gossip first. The story of young boy also unfolds in a very touching but yet painful way in Season 1 and the pains of his family. The show itself has many small stories that all are related in small ways to other stories making for an awesome watch.
I fell in love with the show right at the start and would highly suggest it to anyone who is a fan of British Era pieces, with an amazing cast and incredible story and plots you'll find yourself engrossed before you know it.
16 people found this helpful
IcksPigeonReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Only Season 1 on Prime, Have to pay to watch Season 2
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This is for the Masterpiece Theater group. Judy Dench is great as usual, the story takes place in the mid 1800's and has it's humorous moments.Cranford is a village close to Manchester and the ladies of the village love to gossip. This causes some troubles when gossip gets out of hand and information is wrong. I very much enjoyed the first season but was distressed to see that the second season is not available on Prime, Amazon charges for it. So, I am too cheap to pay to see the second season, don't understand why they split the season like that. Rather angers me! I'll watch something else and be more careful when I select something to watch from now on.
11 people found this helpful
Janmarie BrownReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's a good show, with great actors
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It's a good show, with great actors. A bit predictable, but that doesn't really take away from the very good story lines. On one hand the story lines are seem contrived, on the other hand, the characters are genteel people, living during a hard time.The show does NOT mince the story lines to protect the audience from the harshness of the time period. It was a hard time, people died of diseases and other afflictions that are now so easily cared for, or do not exist in our life time. And, people had silly (silly to our way of life today) notions about what was proper and what wasn't proper. All in all, I so enjoyed the show. It made me cry and laugh and smile. What more can you ask for from a TV show? And again, the acting, I think, is superb, the actors are well known heavy hitters. (as an American I have concluded that Britain only has about 20 or 30 TV actors that just cycle through TV shows, one after another. LOL. Joking,) but really, I watch a lot of British shows because I love them, and I love the actors, who I see again and again. If you like historical fiction, you will love this show. And the sets are beautiful! Like watching art in motion. Enjoy!
6 people found this helpful
JoanReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I didn't intend to binge watch, I just couldn't stop it anywhere.
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If you are a huge Jane Austen fan, as I am, then fix a cup of tea, deary and binge watch this one. I love losing myself in the strict manners of that period in England, when a raised eyebrow could communicate volumes. Dame Judy was herself, as usual, one of the greatest actresses of our time. I initially thought she was weak and bullied, but then came to realize that her character had a backbone of titanium, which allowed her to be agreeable. I also loved the conflict within her ladyship of watching her world slowly slipping away and trying to decide to adjust to new mores or just ignore them. Best acting you'll see anywhere.
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Mary Summerday ScottReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heartfelt and Homey Period Drama
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Elizabeth Gaskell's novels have gone under appreciated for many years. With series like Cranford and North and South audiences have the opportunity to experience a different point of view of mid eighteen-hundreds England. Cranford is set in a small village next to a country estate, and while the nobility is represented, they are not often the main subjects the plots . The focus lies more so on the townspeople and their lives, loves, and trials. While the material is generally regarded as more feminine, it is none the less an important and sensitive appraisal of small-town life and the larger concerns of the world coming in. The series has all the hallmarks of an excellent BBC drama: good casting, good camera work, and immersion in a period setting. In comparison to other period dramas it is not as lavish nor perhaps as deeply focused on solely romantic escapades, but that is also the charm of this drama. If you enjoy most Jane Austen novels and adaptations, and perhaps even the Anne of Green Gables dramas of the early 1980's, there's a good chance you would find this series heartwarming and enjoyable.
3 people found this helpful
Christine Calabrese, Indie AuthorReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely Entertainment
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This was a lovely series, though I dare say, I did become quite vexed with the choices of family over love. Perhaps though, this is often the way life actually does turn out, with our choices following us, even though they are not the best. All ends well in this series and that always sets well with me. Devoid of the sex and scandal which is so prevalent in modern shows today, this series is refreshing and one can relax knowing that one will not be shocked by some kind of unsavory affronts to morality.
8 people found this helpful
Mrs. ivrReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is total entertainment!
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I love this show! I intentionally watched the first video on a day that I had some difficulty relaxing because of family concerns that weighed heavily on my heart. The show was engrossing! I forget about my "problem" and became a resident of Cranford - completely absorbed in the changes that affect day to day life as shared by the characters in the piece. I think the advertisement for the show was accurate. Before I watched the first episode I was hoping it was similar to other U.K turn of the century offerings. Television is a treat for me because of other activities. I watch to be entertained - taken away from where I am now - I do not want to think about politics today but I want to be able to relate to the political climate of the time based on historical accuracy. I want to see modesty and resourcefulness and a respect for differing opinions and a support for and a sense of community values. Cranford is perfect for my viewing taste. With Prime Videos and Movies I decide what best suits my downtime needs AND I receive my books, clothes, DVDs, etc. from Amazon on second day delivery
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