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The two-part saga Return to Cranford opens to a struggling Cranford, a traditional English village that in autumn 1844 is airing the conflicts that accompany progress. Miss Matty Jenkyns (Judi Dench), after having closed her business in the last series, is happily babysitting the child of her maid, Martha (Claudie Blakley). This gives the ladies in town something to gossip about, as does every other small event in this chatty group. The same women populate this new Cranford--the snooty Miss Jamieson (Barbara Flynn), nosy Miss Pole (Imelda Staunton), Miss Forrester (Julia McKenzie), Peggy (Jodie Whittaker), and Erminia (Michelle Dockery)--while a few new men added into the mix creates options for love interests throughout. In Part One, Peggy, visiting her dead father's grave, bumps into William Baxton (Tom Hiddleston), a young and dapper gentleman who becomes a central character in Cranford's growing divide between those who want a railroad coming through town and those who don't. While politics are sorted, scenes alternate between heated public debates and intimate domestic exchanges to make Return to Cranford as charming as the first incarnations of this historical drama. The emphasis on the ways the women in town navigate thorny social situations remains primary in Return to Cranford. Babies are born and the elderly pass away while the ladies busily decide what to make of it all. While Part One focuses on catch-up, showing where each crone stands on the latest current events, Part Two attempts more to challenge outmoded cultural values such as elitism and to show how the community members toughen up to become a courageous bunch. Unfortunately, Miss Matty discovers that solidarity is hard to come by in this small village, and Part Two is as much about a town falling apart as it is about ways to heal sore feelings and a violated landscape. Ultimately, life marches on in this pleasurably fictionalized glimpse into England's past. --Trinie Dalton
One of the best movies ever! Love the acting and the period and love everything about this movie.Published 8 days ago by Rebecca Layton
This is the second time I've purchased this movie. I played it for my sister, and she enjoyed it so much, that I gave it to her as a gift. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Marnie Z.
An absolute delight. My wife and I loved seeing the series on PBS, then were thrilled to find the entire series on DVD. Beautifully acted, filmed and costumed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Culper, Jr.
My wife and I enjoyed this series when it aired on public television. Watching all the episodes without having to wait week for a new one made it even more enjoyable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A mature customer.
I think I have seen too many of these period pieces where there was at least one person I would call dashingly handsome. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sunny AZ