Season 1: Cranford

Dame Judi Dench leads an all-star cast in this witty and poignant story about the small absurdities and major tragedies in the lives of the people of the small English town of Cranford in the 1840s. Three novels by Elizabeth Gaskell have been woven together to create this uniquely rich and comic drama about ordinary human lives.

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Cranford

Episode 1

Mary Smith flees a crisis at home in Manchester to stay with two spinster sisters.

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Episode 1

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Episode 2

Cranford’s ladies are focused on preparing for Lady Ludlow’s Garden Party.

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Episode 2

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Episode 3

As winter approaches, Cranford is beset by sorrows and struggles to re-gain its confidence

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Episode 3

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Episode 4

Preparations for May Day excite everyone in the town.

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Episode 4

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Episode 5

Jem and Martha marry, and live as lodgers in Matty’s house – a source of joy for Matty

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Episode 5