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Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Return To Cranford.

If you're a fan of Masterpiece Theatre on Public Broadcasting Service , this evening is the airing of Return to Cranford.



Set in the early 1840s in the fictional village of Cranford in the county of Cheshire (which just happens to be ny home county ) in North West England, the story focuses primarily on the town's single and widowed middle class female inhabitants who are comfortable with their traditional way of life and place great store on propriety and maintaining an appearance of gentility.

Change is racing towards the small, close-knit village of Cranford like a steam train — quite literally. As the railroad continues to encroach at the edge of town, Cranford strives to open to new realities, from surprising romances to unexpected losses and even waltzing! Matty Jenkyns (Judi Dench), Miss Pole (Imelda Staunton), Mrs. Forrester (Julia McKenzie) and Mrs. Jamieson (Barbara Flynn) are back with other distinguished residents of Cranford, along with one well-outfitted and mischievous cow. When a shocking event seemingly derails Cranford from its innocence, can a bit of magic and faith in enduring friendships save the day?

Based on the stories of Victorian-era writer Elizabeth Gaskell, Return to Cranford also features Tom Hiddleston (Wallander) and Tim Curry.

Make yourself a nice pot of tea, finish the last of the Mince Pies, put your feet up and enjoy !

Photo credits: BBC

12 comments:

L. D. Burgus said...

We are fans of all of those British themed stories. It will be good to see it.

Mmm said...

Guerss what? i actually won the Cranford series 1 DVD from Lissa so am expecting it in the mail soon. Waht a great prize. I can't wait as I don;t get TV so DVDs in my laptop is the only way to go for me.

Gosh, I soo sooo sooo love your music here too, btw. Sure i've told you that before but just had to say it again.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

THANK GOODNESS I got onto your blog atr 7:58pm!!!! THANK YOU!!!

Ragtag said...

It was very comforting to revisit Cranford, though i confess I can't bear to watch the ending! I'm up to the part where they discover the Gregson boy hasn't been to "you know where". If i watch the ending then this will really be the end of my Cranford.

Kathryn said...

My husband just came in the room to tell me about the "Return" about 10 minutes before I read your blog entry. I am a fan, too, so will watch it with y'all from here in balmy western Canada.
Yes, time to put the kettle on!

donna baker said...

That cow in the sweater was hysterical.

Limey said...

Such a great drama - I am really enjoying it!

Babs said...

I really enjoy your blog and the beautiful photos of Christmas and the countryside. I'm so excited about Return to Cranford on PBS. Last night I finished watching the last episode of Cranford which I had recorded. Do you like Larkrise to Candleford?
Thank you for a lovely blog.

Deanna said...

May you have a sweet new year!
I watched Thursday as the series was ending. Disappointed I missed the series until I stopped by your place and read about it being ran again!
Excited to have tuned in.
Thx for sharing this info!
God Bless,
d from homehaven

cheshire wife said...

I recorded Cranford and have never got round to watching it. I must make more of an effort!

Dave Pie-n-Mash said...

So which one of the bonnetted ladies in the pic are you then, dollface?

I can't believe I have already missed a few days of it. I watched the first series first time around and liked it. There is a lot of unspoken script in British drama that I didn't realise I missed until I watched this show.

Thanks for the heads-up!

Susan said...

I adored watching Cranford, and
was sad when it came to an end!
Great acting and costumes!