Monday, June 8, 2015

Amazon Review- The Elizabeth Gaskell Collections-Wives and Daughters,Cranford, North and South

Three BBC mini-series adapted from Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novels. Cranford, a market town in the North West of England, is a place governed by etiquette, custom and above all, an intricate network of ladies. It seems that life has always been conducted according to their social rules, but Cranford is on the cusp of change… North  And South follows Margaret Hale, the daughter of a middle-class parson who uproots the family from rural southern England to start a new life in Milton - a northern mill town in the throes of the industrial revolution. Wives and Daughters is set in a richly portrayed society well-stocked with eccentric nobles and gossipy villagers. The well-ordered world of 17-year-old Molly Gibson becomes complicated when her father, a respected country doctor, remarries after many years of widowhood.

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North And South: is the spectacular adaptation of the novel that centers on John Thornton (who represents the industrial north) and Margaret Hale (who represents the idyllic, agricultural south). Theirs is a war of words, cultures and personalities as Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby Ashe) and her family struggle to adapt to life in the dirty, noisy, mill town of Milton after a carefree, comfortable life in the southern town of Helstone. There her family meets manufacturer John Thornton  She finds Mr. Thornton a rough, proud and haughty man who treats his employees with disdain. Mr. Thornton, is instantly smitten with the outspoken and fearless Margaret. Margaret gradually learns to appreciate Mr. Thornton, events take place that threaten to divide them from each other forever.

Wives And Daughters: is the story of young Molly Gibson (Justine Waddell) and her widowed father (Bill Paterson). Molly lives a carefree life, until her father remarries and brings home his new wife, Hyacinth (Francesca Annis). She and her lovely daughter Cynthia (Keeley Hawes) bring change and sometimes chaos to the Gibson's lives and Molly finds herself in competition with Cynthia for the affections of Roger Hamley (Anthony Howell), the son of the local squire (Michael Gambon). We soon find that all is not as it seems and long-kept secrets are unearthed which threaten the love lives and reputations of both Molly and Cynthia.

Cranford: starring Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Eileen Atkins, Francesca Annis and Imelda Staunton. The story centers around the locals in the sleepy town of Cranford, where everyone makes it their business to know everything about their neighbors. Their lives are turned topsy turvy when a handsome young doctor (Simon Woods) with new ideas arrives and rumors of the railroad threaten to destroy their idyllic town. This is truly an ensemble cast, as all stories intermingle and each character makes an impact of the lives of others in the town.

What sets these apart from other costume dramas is the consistency of the acting, the high production values, the compelling stories, and memorable characters. These are wonderful stories that you will want to watch over and over, which make this DVD collection an absolute gem.

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Customer Reviews and Scores:

All three of these shows are so good, you'll be glad to have them on hand to watch again and again.  North and South gets my nod as the best, but the other two are fantastic as well.  I found over 200 customer reviews at the time of this review and they had awarded  The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection 5 out of 5 stars.

The customer reviews on Amazon are positive overall, No one seems to not enjoy this collection, the sentiment is widespread. Customer said, "I keep watching this over and over,Wonderful. Well worth the price,  I enjoy watching BBC period pieces and this set is no exception. "This DVD series of three stories - Cranford, North And South and Wives and Daughters is just splendid. Be taken back in time to when things were simpler and when appearances meant everything." Reviews like this makes it easy for me to recommend it.


In summary, the Elizabeth Collection is a must see! The acting is superb.The story lines, the costumes, and the setting keeps up with the time period.  Customers are extremely pleased with their purchase and would recommend this collection to others. I highly recommend this collection. Be sure to check out: Cranford: Return to Cranford 

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