I am THRILLED to see on the Masterpiece Theatre schedule the CRANFORD series shown last fall in England…. on of my fav bloggers Random Jottings  wrote about its airing on her blog (BTW a very Highly entertaining blog – full of Opera and Book reviews and, recently Knitting!). 


Cranford is one of my favourite Mrs Gaskell books and the first one I read. 
I am re-reading it at the moment and have a delightful little World Classics
version which pops into my bag nicely.  I am being enchanted all over again with
Miss Matty who is being played in this production by the peerless dame Judi
Dench who I love.  Her elder sister is played by Eileen Atkins and I also
spotted Imelda Staunton and Julia Mackenzie in the cast list and the new young
doctor played by the same actor who played Bingley in the latest film version of
Pride and Prejudice and then next week we seem to have Sir Michael Gambon making
an appearance….and I could go on and on.  We appear to have the Who’s Who of
the theatrical world and his dog in this production with three cast members of
Gosford Park appearing as well.  I felt as if I was sitting watching the
preparation of a gourmet meal containing only the finest ingredients accompanied
by the finest choices of wine.

I am not sure yet if I am going to read the books first… as its not airing til May here, I have a little time ;o

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1 Response to Cranford!

  1. Thank you so much for the kind and complimentary mention of my blog!! Cranford was simply, quite wonderful. It pulled in enormous viewing figures in the UK and is already regarded as one of the best classical adaptations ever on the BBC. As Cranford itself is a small book with not a huge amount of dramatic action they have used three of her books meshed into one and done very well indeed. i have blogged about it several times I loved it so much. Please have your hankies ready when watching. be warned….


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