Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Kind-Hearted Miss Matty

(Image courtesy of BBC Video)

After listening to talk of Cranford on BBC Radio 2 for weeks, I finally had an opportunity to find out what all the fuss was about, when PBS broadcast the series over the course of three weeks.

I have to admit that I did not take to the series immediately; possibly because I was somewhat distracted during the first (double) episode and I found it hard to get interested in the story. All this changed however, by the time I had watched it the following week ~ I wanted to know more about the lives of sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah Jenkins and the other women of Cranford.

For those of you who have yet to see it; I won't spoil the plot. It is a costume drama based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel of the same name. Life in the 1840's Cheshire market town of Cranford is on the cusp of change with the arrival of the railway. It is the time of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, but also a time of new and innovative ideas in medicine, which are witnessed with the arrival of a new physician; the handsome Dr Harrison.

I do hope that the BBC plan to make more period dramas, as no-one else manages to make them quite so well.