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A rich and comic drama about the people of Cranford, a small Cheshire town on the cusp of change in the 1840s. Adapted from the novels by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Show Info

Network: United Kingdom BBC One (2007 - 2009)
Default Runtime: 60 minutes
Status: Ended
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama
Episodes ordered: 2 episodes

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Previous Episode

October 1844

Episode 2x02; Dec 27, 2009

Defying his father, William finds a job with Captain Brown working on the railway that is making its way into the heart of Cranford. Meanwhile, Harry disappears from school.The ladies have high expectations of the pending visit of Lady Glenmire, but

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
2x02: October 1844Dec 27, 2009
2x01: August 1844Dec 20, 2009
1x05: May 1843Dec 16, 2007
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Recent discussions

DumbeBlonde posted 5 years ago

In the Australian BBC DVD, there are only TWO episodes, which supports the listing on IMDB. These are August and October 1844.

This special two-part feature takes up the story a year after the small Cheshire town celebrated the marriage of Dr Harrison to Sophy Hutton. It’s August 1844 and Miss Matty’s house is full of life and bustle now she has her brother, Peter, home from India and Martha’s baby, Tilly, to keep her busy.

The amazons of Cranford – Miss Pole, Mrs Forrester and Miss Tomkinson - still set the tone in all matters for the town and anticipate with great excitement the arrival of aristocratic Lady Glenmire.Lady Ludlow awaits the return of her long-absent son Septimus and young Harry Gregson prepares to start his education at Shrewsbury. Wealthy widower Mr Buxton has returned to Cranford, bringing with him his charming ward, Erminia and his handsome Eton-educated son, William. And, at nearby Thorn Cottage, Peggy Bell is trying to make the best of things caring for her mother and brother Edward.

Despite the best efforts of Captain Brown to bring the modern age right into the heart of King Street, the railway has stopped five miles outside Cranford. However, life never stands still for long and Cranford is about to change in some unexpected ways.

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