North & South
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Originally broadcast on BBC television in 2004.
Special features: Commentary on episodes 1 & 4 by Kate Bartlett, Brian Percival and Sandy Welch; specially recorded interview with Richard Armitage; deleted scenes; production notes.
Daniela Denby-Ashe, Richard Armitqge, Sinead Cusack, Leslie Manville, Tim Pigot-Smith, Pauline Quirke, Brendan Coyle, Anna Maxwell Martin.
When the privileged Margaret Hale's father uproots the family to take work in the northern mill town of Milton, she is shocked by the dirt and gruffness of the people. But she reserves her highest contempt for the charismatic mill-owner John Thornton.
DVD, region 1; widescreen (16:9) presentation; Dolby Digital stereo., MCPS.
So romantic and well done. I can't imagine struggling like these people do. it's so descriptive and the camera work is just stupendous. I recently realized i was a bit spoiled on the BBC's cinematic capabilities when I tried to watch Pompeii and saw the direct lighting and bad makeup. The film was shot in Toronto, Ontario, primarily at Cinespace Film Studios' Kipling Avenue facility, whereas in North and South, the producers decided to shoot many of the town scenes in Edinburgh, which maintains more of its visual and architectural heritage from the industrial Victorian era. Theres just no comparing the quality of filming when we're talking history. The more organic, the better, I feel. Did you know Charles Dickens was Gaskell's editor?
I started reading Elizabeth Gaskell's writings after watching this mini series! I found it to be a refreshing period piece, because it worked to paint an interesting and realist picture of the impacts of the industrial revolution on the British people, both poor and rich. The romance was tastefully done and more substantial in character development than many similar story lines! I recommend this mini series!
This BBC mini-series will go down as a great - alongside Pride and Prejudice.
The characters are rich, complex.
The storyline is gripping and wonderful. I usually do not like adaptations of novels but this one captures Gaskell's work very well.
If it's possible, I think I love this story even more than "Pride & Prejudice." It has all the classic elements of a rocky, but great, romance, but it also adds in the context of a class struggle at a particular historical time. It does an excellent job of showing both sides of the issue and shows that no matter what, a common ground and compromise can be found once people start to try to understand each other. Richard Armitage is the perfect John Thornton, and you can't help but fall in love with him. If you like BBC romance, or are interested in the history of labor in the world, definitely check this out.
This mini-series is great. I can watch it again and again and enjoy it more every time. It has emotional highs and lows and is informative about the struggles that came along with the Industrial Revolution. It is a must-see for those who enjoy romance or period pieces.
As the other reviewers noted, this is a top notch BBC mini-series and is a must for all Pride and Prejudice fans - lots of romance, great acting, awesome production. I bought the DVD and have loaned it to many other P&P fans that have also fallen in love with it. Richard Armitage's Mr. Thorton is in close competition with Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy for the most romantic male novel character.
A friend recommended this to me as she knew I was a fan of Pride and Prejudice and the other Gaskell novel - Cranford. This is a great romance with many parallels to Mr. Darby and Elizabeth Bennet. While Austen's masterpiece surrounds her story with social mores and wit - this romance is played out against the Industrial Revolution and the the class warfare of mid 19th century Great Britain. It is wonderfully acted and filmed. I plan on it becoming a permanent edition to my home library.
One of the best BBC miniseries that I've ever seen so far. What I love the most about this series is that it shows the "class struggle" at all levels whether it is social status, geographical status (from what area a person is from or what local they might inhabit), employment level status (worker, employer) etc. Anyway, this presentation does a wonderful job of showing the class differences in England mid-1800. The acting is simply superb by a huge cast and the recreation of the era is marvelous. I love the cotton mill scenes with the machines roaring and cotton dust flying all over the place-fabulous.
The adaptation is generally faithful to the Glaskell's book.
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