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Cranford 2 Seasons 2009

Season 2
(492) IMDb 8.5/10

3. Episode 3 - Return to Cranford TV-14 CC

A surprise wedding between Captain Brown and Lady Glenmire causes a fracture of old friendships.. Harry, who has run away from school and stowed away in a freight wagon, is found on the brink of death by Miss Galindo who fights to save him. The Assembly Rooms are returned to their former glory and a sun-kissed performer, Signor Brunoni, stuns the captivated townspeople.

Lesley Sharp, Jodie Whittaker
55 minutes
Original air date:
December 27, 2009

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Simon Curtis
Starring Lesley Sharp, Jodie Whittaker
Supporting actors Tom Hiddleston, Jonathan Pryce, Matthew McNulty, Bessie Carter, Imelda Staunton, Julia McKenzie, Emma Fielding, Barbara Flynn, Judi Dench, Lisa Dillon, Michelle Dockery, Adrian Scarborough, Deborah Findlay, Debra Gillett, Jim Carter, Celia Imrie, Alex Jennings, Hannah Hobley
Season year 2009
Network BBC
Producers Sue Birtwistle, Rebecca Eaton, Kate Harwood, Rupert Ryle-Hodges
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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179 of 188 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on January 2, 2010
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I was able to watch this follow-up to Cranford thanks to a particular website and I promptly pre-ordered the DVD as I loved "Cranford" and its host of interesting and eccentric characters (and yes, I am a period drama fan, especially of BBC productions). This is actually a 2-part special that is not only inspired by the original Cranford, but also two other stories by author Elizabeth Gaskell, i.e. "The Moorland Cottage", and also "The Cage at Cranford", see Three Tales of Cranford: Cranford, The Cage at Cranford, and The Moorland Cottage. Besides the familiar and beloved cast of the original Cranford such as Miss Matty (Dame Judi Dench), Miss Pole (Imelda Staunton), Mrs Forrester (Julia McKenzie), Miss Tomkinson (Deborah Findlay), etc. several new characters are introduced, such as Lady Glenmire (played by Celia Imrie), and the conjuror Signor Brunoni(Tim Curry).

The first part is set in summer 1844 - it has been two years since dear Miss Matty (Dame Judi Dench in another luminous portrayal) lost her beloved sister Deborah, and a year since Sophy Hutton married Dr Harrison (these two characters are no longer in this show). Miss Matty seems content with the presence of her brother Peter (Nicholas Le Prevost) who is home from India, and helps look after Tilly, the baby of her maid Martha and carpenter Jem Hearne. The continuity from the original Cranford is seen in the railway project which still looms menacingly over the town. Things are also made more exciting with the arrival of Mr.
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By pjf on January 26, 2010
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The original Cranford series was not devoid of painful moments, but there was a balance of joy and grief. The sequel seems to overbalance on the grief side, with two major losses. One seemed to sacrifice the storyline for excessive dramatic purpose, a loss from which I think the series could not easily recover.

There seemed to be many holes in this series compared to the former one. No explanation was given for why Cranford went from two doctors to none. And so much of what went on seemed to make little sense, or the characters indulged in excessive acts for no good reason except to furnish dramatic content -- Lady Ludlow's final stand, Jem Hearn's decision, and Harry's inexplicable comings and goings. Even the town, which should have been booming (even if the railroad was going to be a few miles rather than right at their doorstep) was supposedly in an economic tailspin. After all, Jem was run off his feet by his business even before the railroad came.

For those of us that paid attention and really took in the details of the first series, it's not so easy for us to swallow whole a hasty, ill conceived and ill justified second series.

OTOH, there's enough of Cranford in it to make it passable to good, if not the excellent rating the first series got. Imelda Stanton and her feathers alone is worth the watch.

I can only hope we get more Cranford in future, though I wish they would do the first series and its devoted viewers justice and take a little more care to make a more sensible storyline.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By freshbakedmama on January 24, 2010
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How do you follow an act like Cranford? With another drama, brilliant in it's own right. Not by trying to re-visit past triumphs, much as we long to do so. The proper successor to Cranford has yet to come along, in my opinion, and it probably won't be about Cranford, but "Return to Cranford" was great fun, nonetheless.

Return to Cranford stumbles perhaps against the block of the--what happens after the story ends?--mentality that plagues most sequels. We do get to see what happens to most of our beloved characters, with the notable exception of young Dr. Harrison. He's only mentioned in passing as having a wife and not being there anymore, which is odd, since so much of the drama revolved around him in Cranford. In the sequel, most of the drama revolves around the railroad construction, halted by Lady Ludlow's refusal to sell her land. Through a series of circumstances, the construction goes through an "on-again, off-again" cycle that feels contrived, and then culminates in an action-packed railroad event that also, in retrospect, feels contrived. Perhaps the writers hadn't come up with a solid character-driven story before they were up against a deadline. As a result we get this circumstance-driven drama that depends upon our pre-existing knowledge of and affection for the characters to get our attention. Had this story been about unknown characters, I doubt it would have much real interest at all.

There is also a strange sense that Cranford is a set, rather than a town, in this sequel. It feels less populated, somehow, and the costumes and rooms less detailed. Perhaps because of the way it was filmed? They must have reused the same costumes and sets as the original film, but this production does look subtly different. More like t.v.
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