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Return to Cranford Preview – the enchantment continues Sunday on Masterpiece Classic

Image from Return to Cranford: Cranford ladies leaving church © BBC Worldwide 2010 for MASTERPIECE

The Masterpiece Classic season premieres on Sunday, January 10th with Return to Cranford, a two part series based on the stories of Victorian-era writer Elizabeth Gaskell. Dame Judi Dench reprises her role of the compassionate Miss Matty Jenkyns, the heart and soul of the small insular Cheshire village resisting the encroachment of the industrial revolution in 1844 England. Also returning as Miss Matty’s dearest friends are Octavia Pole the quirky town gossip (Imelda Staunton – Charlotte Palmer in Sense and Sensibility 1995), the eccentric Mrs. Forrester who dresses her prized cow in flannel pajamas (Julia McKenzie – the eponymous Miss Marple), the self elevated town aristocrat Mrs. Jamieson (Barbara Flynn – Miss Browning in Wives and Daughters) and the dotty but well intentioned Miss Tomkinson (Deborah Findlay – Miss Phoebe in Wives and Daughters). Here is brief synopsis of the first episode from the good folks at PBS: Continue reading “Return to Cranford Preview – the enchantment continues Sunday on Masterpiece Classic”

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Cranford (2007) concludes tomorrow on Masterpiece Classic

Image from Cranford: Kimberley Nixon as Sophie Hutton and Simon Woods as Dr. Harrison© BBC Worldwide 2007 for MASTERPIECEThe encore presentation of Cranford concludes tomorrow night at 9:00 pm (check your local listings) January 3rd, 2010 with the third episode on Masterpiece Classic on PBS. Here is a brief synopsis from the good folks at PBS.

Dr. Harrison formally asks the Reverend Hutton for permission to court Sophy. Meanwhile, Caroline Tomkinson and Mrs. Rose, Dr. Harrison’s housekeeper, are convinced he is in love with them, unbeknownst to the doctor himself. All of Cranford gathers for May Day celebrations, but the day turns scandalous when town residents believe Dr. Harrison has been courting three women. Exposed as a philanderer, he is shunned by the town. Mr. Carter is horrified to discover a secret about Lady Ludlow. He confronts her, resulting in a heated exchange. Sophy returns to Cranford ill with typhoid fever and Dr. Harrison is barred from tending to her. Meanwhile, disaster strikes at the railway works and the injured are taken to Dr. Harrison’s for emergency treatment, his last chance to redeem himself as all of Cranford looks on. 

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Cranford (2007) episode 2 tomorrow on Masterpiece Classic

Image from Cranford: Simon Woods as Dr. Harrison © BBC Worldwide 2007 for MASTERPIECEJust a reminder to all to tune into the second episode of Cranford (2007) encore on Masterpiece Classic on PBS tomorrow night at 9:00 pm. Here is a brief synopsis:

As winter approaches, Cranford is beset by sorrows and struggles to regain confidence. Dr. Harrison’s housekeeper, Mrs. Rose, discovers a leg of mutton has been stolen from the kitchen window on the very same night that Mr. Johnson, the local shop owner, is mugged. The ladies decide that a crime wave has hit Cranford. Mr. Johnson is convinced that Job Gregson, the local ne’er-do-well, must be his attacker and Job is arrested. Job’s son, Harry, confesses to Mr. Carter of his own part in the poaching to save his father. When Mr. Carter pleads Job’s case with Lady Ludlow, she is immovable. Christmas arrives and Cranford huddles together to celebrate. Matty reconnects with an old acquaintance, Mr. Holbrook. Meanwhile, Dr. Harrison reveals to his medical school friend, Jack Marshland, about his love for Sophy. But Jack, a perpetual prankster, is up to his usual mischief.

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Cranford (2007) encore Sunday on Masterpiece Classic: Episode 1

Image from Cranford: Judi Dench as Miss Matty © BBC Worldwide 2007 for MASTERPIECE

An encore presentation of Cranford (2007) a three part mini-series begins this Sunday, December 20th at 9:00 pm ET on PBS with the first episode. Here is brief synopsis:

Mary Smith (Lisa Dillon) arrives in the small, rural town of Cranford to stay with two spinster sisters, Deborah (Dame Eileen Atkins) and Matty Jenkyns (Dame Judi Dench). Deborah is the dominating force in Cranford society, and the kind-hearted and eccentric Matty believes her to be the best judge in all matters. The Jenkyns are intrigued when Captain Brown (Jim Carter), his daughter Jessie (Julia Sawalha) , and Jessie’s ailing older sister move into the house across the street.  

A handsome new doctor, Frank Harrison (Simon Woods), also comes to Cranford. A young bachelor trained in London, Dr. Harrison becomes the talk of the town, not only for his revolutionary medical methods, but also for the effect he has on many female hearts. He soon sets his sights on Sophy Hutton (Kimberly Nixon), the rector’s oldest daughter.  

Ten-year-old Harry Gregson (Axel Etel) is caught poaching by Mr. Carter (Philip Glenister) , the trusted estate manager of Lady Ludlow (Francesca Annis ), Cranford’s reigning aristocrat. However, Mr. Carter is so moved by Harry’s dismal poverty, good nature, and intelligence that he offers to secretly teach him to read and write.  

At Lady Ludlow’s garden party, the ladies are scandalized by the news that a new railway line is to be built running straight through Cranford. Is this the end of Cranford?

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