My rating on a 1-10 scale: 9
Main characters: Miss Matilda "Matty" Jenkyns, Miss Deborah Jenkyns, Miss Pole, Mrs. Forrester, Mary Smith, Dr. Harrison, Captain Brown, Lady Ludlow
Recognizable actors: Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Barbara Flynn, Claudie Blakley
Length: 5 episodes (60 minutes each)
Based on: Cranford, Mr. Harrison's Confessions, and My Lady Ludlow (all by Elizabeth Gaskell)
Time period: 1840's
Doctor Harrison: Nothing like this is ever done in London
Deborah: You're not in London, Doctor Harrison... You're in Cranford now.
Deborah: I mean, what will people think of her? And worse... What will be said?
Miss Pole: There is lace at stake!Year it came out: 2007
My overall opinion: I like Cranford: the acting is great and it has its cute moments and funny moments. There are some parts that are more serious (some characters (including main characters) die) and some surgery is shown. The overall story is about the daily lives of the people of Cranford. You could divide the story into three plots based on the books that each plot is based: the daily life of Miss Matty and Deborah Jenkyns when their friend, the young Mary Smith, comes for a visit (Cranford), Doctor Harrison's arrival in Cranford and how he creates a lot of talk among the people of Cranford (especially the young ladies) (Mr. Harrison's Confessions), and the story of Lady Ludlow and how her land agent, Mr. Carter, educates a poor boy, Harry Gregson (My Lady Ludlow). Definitely recommended to anyone who likes a good period drama!
I also reviewed Cranford a while ago at Elegance of Fashion. Read about it here!