|Official Release Date||Oct 28, 2010|
|Starring||Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton, Lisa Dillon, Deborah Findlay|
|Screen Format||Wide Screen|
- No. of Discs: 2
description1842. 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? For spinsters Deborah Jenkyns, the arbiter of correctness in Cranford, and Matty, her demurring sister, the town is a hub of intrigue - a handsome new doctor Frank Harrison from London has arrived; a retired Army Captain and his daughters have moved in to a house opposite and the preparations for Lady Ludlow's garden party are underway. Everyone - from charming rogue Dr Marshland to mean Mrs Jamieson and her lap dog - talks, and is talked about, behind closed doors.
The town also has its secrets which it slowly reveals: Matty's encounter with an old flame at the garden party; Lady Ludlow's land agent Mr Carter teaching a gypsy lad to read and write; the wild expectations of the May Day celebrations and - news that shakes the town when it is revealed - a railway line from Manchester is coming to Cranford.
BBC又一經典文學劇作，改編自英國著名女作家Elizabeth Gaskell同名小說改編。故事發生於維多利亞時代，講述工業革命如何衝擊傳統觀念，刻劃居民心中既盼望改變，卻又害怕接受新事物的複雜心情。小鎮Cranford的居民擁有強烈的階級觀念，對於貴族身份及宗教禮節非常執著。而且他們一直奉行男尊女卑，循規蹈矩地過著沉悶而刻板的生活。隨著工業及鐵路發展，火車的通行為這保守的小鎮帶來一股清新風氣。年輕俊朗的醫生法蘭克哈里森從倫敦來到這小鎮執業，他嶄新的思維與處事手法令全鎮的姑娘傾慕; 退休的陸軍上尉與女兒在搬到鎮上定居; 風趣的馬舒蘭德醫生被傑米森太太深深吸引，但禮教的束縛下，他們只能發展出深厚但曖昧的感情……
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