Friday, May 2, 2008

Cranford on Masterpiece


Airing May 4, 11, and 18, 2008 on PBS check local listings

Welcome to Cranford, circa 1840...a rural English town where etiquette rules, undergirded by a healthy amount of gossip. Modernity is making a move in town as construction of a railway comes harrowingly close. Cranford's eclectic residents, among them Matty Jenkyns (Dame Judi Dench) her sister Deborah (Dame Eileen Atkins), and Miss Pole (Eileen Staunton), stay immersed in the sweet pleasures and sometimes heartbreaking realities of simple village life. But when a handsome, young doctor arrives with cutting-edge new techniques, it rapidly becomes clear that as the world changes, so Cranford will change with it. Based on three Elizabeth Gaskell novels (Cranford, My Lady Ludlow and Mr. Harrison's Confessions), and boasting an all-star cast, Cranford breathes life into one town during one extraordinary year.

The Characters of Cranford
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A Masterpiece classic first: Starting May 5th, for a limited time, view full-length episodes of Cranford on your computer.

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COMING SOON — A MASTERPIECE CLASSIC first: Watch Cranford Online!
Starting May 5th, for a limited time, see full-length episodes of Cranford.

Episode One
Available May 5-May 23

Mary Smith moves to Cranford to live with sisters Deborah and Matty Jenkyns. Adventures ensue, including the arrival of handsome Dr. Harrison and his newfangled medical ideas, a glittering garden party hosted by Lady Ludlow, and great agitation over the approach of a railway and the change it will bring.

Episode Two
Available May 12-May 23

The approaching railway and resulting social upheaval spark a crime wave in Cranford, with a mugging and a missing leg of mutton. Local vagrant Job Gregson gets blamed, but his son Harry has an incriminating alibi. Meanwhile, Matty has a reunion with Mr. Holbrook, a suitor from her past.

Episode Three
Available May 18-May 23

Through a terrible misunderstanding, Dr. Harrison finds himself in a romantic quandary. Meanwhile, Mr. Carter discovers with horror that Lady Ludlow has mortgaged her estate. Matty, too, is in hock after her banks fails. Then, tragedy strikes on the railway. Can Cranford's tight-knit community survive?

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