You know that I can't resist a period drama, and Cranford is no exception From Julia McKenzie to Dame Judi Dench to Imelda Staunton, this BBC series is by no means lacking in fantastic Brittish Actors and Actresses.
Adapted from Elizabeth Gaskell's novels, Cranford gives us a glimpse of the lives of women living in a small town in 1842. Spinster sisters Deborah and Matilda (played by Eileen Atkins and Judi Dench) are, and always have been the height of modesty and decorum in the little town of Cranford, until some younger persons move into the town to shake things up a bit! Will someone end up with the handsome young doctor who has moved to town? Shall one of the hopeless spinsters receive an offer of marriage? Is it appropriate for a woman to walk alone behind a funeral carriage when she is the only family member present? From intrigues and love affairs (or not ;), to their hilarious sense of propriety, the story pulls you in and holds you fast.
This is a 5 part series running about an hour each part, for a total of 5 hours, so it's perfect for a beading day or a weekend run.
Larkrise to Candleford Season 1(2008)
Love to 'watch from behind the curtains' as life ticks on in a tiny town in the 19th century? Try Larkrise to Candleford Season 1. Adapted from an autobiographical novel by Flora Thompson, Larkrise to Candleford follows Laura Timmons (played by Olivia Hallinan) a young girl who moves from her sleepy and safe life in Larkrise to the comparatively burgeoning town of Candleford 8 miles away to pursue an apprenticeship with the postmistress. Excited yet wary of her new surroundings, we watch as she fumbles, grows, and perhaps falls in love with Candleford (and people in it?). From the excessively pious postman, to the extrememly independant for the time-period post mistress (hot, relaxing baths are her ONE weakeness....among other things;), this story has no end of amusing characters to choose from.
Larkrise to Candleford Season 1 is a 10 episode series, around and hour a piece. Might last you the whole week, or one long weekend....you never know ;)