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North & South 

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Mini-Series (2004)
North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.
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 Fanny Thornton 4 episodes, 2004
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 Mary Higgins 4 episodes, 2004
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 Maria Hale 3 episodes, 2004
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 Bessy Higgins 3 episodes, 2004
Emma Ferguson ...
 Edith Lennox 3 episodes, 2004
Jane Booker ...
 Mrs. Shaw 3 episodes, 2004
Tom Charnock ...
 Williams 3 episodes, 2004
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 John Boucher 3 episodes, 2004
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 Mr. Bell 3 episodes, 2004
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 Mr. Latimer 3 episodes, 2004
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 Ann Latimer 3 episodes, 2004
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 Frederick / ... 3 episodes, 2004
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 Mrs. Boucher 3 episodes, 2004
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 Captain Lennox 2 episodes, 2004
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 Slickson 2 episodes, 2004
Ian McHale ...
Spencer Wild ...
 Tom Boucher 2 episodes, 2004
Frank Lauder ...
 Stephens 2 episodes, 2004
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 Henderson Worker 2 episodes, 2004
Shaun Hennessey ...
 Henderson 2 episodes, 2004
Martin Walsh ...
 Hamper / ... 2 episodes, 2004
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North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.

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North & South was surprisingly well received by audiences. The BBC, who had low expectations for the series, didn't publicize the series to a wider audience. They were surprised when only hours after the airing of the first episode the message board on BBC crashed down and had to be shut down due to the large number of visitors. Subsequently, the DVD was released on 11 April 2005 due to the huge success. See more »

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When Thornton is taking his walk at the graveyard, after his mother asked him not to go and see Margaret, he is not wearing a hat. But when he returns home, the first thing you see is him placing his hat on the table. See more »

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Nicholas Higgins: My poor Bess! She lived the life of a dog. Hard work and illness. She never had one moment of rejoicing. I'm not saying I don't believe in your God, but I can't believe He meant the world to be as it is. The masters ruling over us, the rest of us left to live a half-life in the shadows.
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simply excellent
11 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Excellent rendition of Elizabeth Gaskells book.

The production is authentic - set in an impressive, historic working mill - with Edinburgh filling in for Manchester (Milton). The camera work is fluid and modern, and the story is told easily, not stilted, like some period dramas.

The acting is superb - the lead characters John and Hannah Thornton, Margaret Hale, and union man Nicholas Higgins are so natural that you forget that you are watching a movie, and get simply enthralled in their story. The supporting characters are also strong making this an unexpected gem of a movie.

Some of the dialog is taken directly from the book; some scenes are new but feel authentic. Overall I think that the story is very well told - the story of owner vs. worker in the industrial revolution - as well as an unexpected romance between social classes.


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