North & South

North & South

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"As the daughter of a middle-class parson, Margaret Hale has enjoyed a privileged upbringing in rural southern England. But when her father uproots the family, she is forced to adapt to a new life in Milton - a northern mill town in the throes of the industrial revolution. Margaret is shocked by her new surroundings. Appalled by the dirt, noise and gruffness of the people of Milton, she saves her greatest contempt for the mill-owners. When John Thornton, charismatic proprietor of Marlborough Mills, becomes a 'pupil' of her father, she makes her distaste for this vulgar and uneducated new class abundantly clear. Over time, Margaret's attitude towards the mill workers begins to change and she joins their workplace struggles against poverty and disease. But will she ever change her view of the employers - in particular, one who has secretly become her admirer?"--Container.
Publisher: [New York]: BBC Home Video, 2005
Branch Call Number: DVD NOR
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (233 min.) : Dolby digital stereo. sd., col. ; 12 cm


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May 23, 2019

The characters and the story veer sharply from the original. It is much inferior to the earlier version with Patrick Stewart which had a more authentic feeling. This rendering is gauzy, silly, and the character of Margaret is badly acted.

SPPL_Anna Mar 21, 2018

Every time I sit down to start this I tell myself that I'm just going to watch the first episode and do something else and suddenly four hours have passed and I've watched the whole thing because I like it that much.

Aug 24, 2017

Wonderful film adaptation of Gaskell's novel; she had the temerity to write under her own name when some women wrote with a male pseudonym since women writer's (as well as women in many other fields dominated by men ) were not well-respected. The BBC always does a brilliant job with films of period novels.

Jun 22, 2017

I enjoyed watching these mini series, very interesting and historical.

Good historical context but the love story is so predictable i skipped long chapters out of boredom.

Mar 30, 2017

Read and enjoyed the book earlier this year, but the video version truly makes the era come alive. Great casting, and the historic mill setting depicts the conditions truthfully; but almost seemed like a beautiful snow scene. My cough increased, and I was almost tempted to cover my mouth and nose with a handkerchief!

Mar 29, 2017

Enjoyed the movie so much, I bought the DVD!

Mar 05, 2017

Really interesting to see the conditions in England at this point in history (life in cotton mills, union dynamics etc). History and romance all in one. Perfect.

Aug 28, 2016

Great mini-series set in 1850 England. Jane Austen type of story.

Aug 08, 2016

I was just going to watch one episode and ended up blowing through the whole series! The plot, struggles, acting, characters, scenery and music are all so beautiful and well done. A great period piece and definitely makes you see the difference of life and struggles. A must see if you are a fan of Richard Armitage as well! He portrays the ever brooding, smouldering and oh so swoon worthy Mr. Thornton!

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Sep 12, 2016

"He was her brother".

"Look back, look back at me".
-John Thornton

Aug 23, 2016

"Being in the union is like being in a war. And with war, comes crime. But it would be a greater crime to do nothing". -Nicholas Higgins

Apr 30, 2012

You're coming home with me....

Jul 17, 2009

"How cold and harsh it is here. Everywhere there is conflict and unkindness. I think God has forsaken this place. I believe I have seen hell, and it's white, it's snow-white."
-Margaret Hale

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Sep 26, 2012

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