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Masterpiece Classic: Cranford - Part 2

Airs Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Shown (l-r): Dame Judi Dench as Miss Matty Jenkyns, Lisa Dillon as Miss Mary Smith, Imelda Staunton as Miss Pole and Eileen Atkins as Miss Deborah Jenkyns. A sleepy 1840s English village comes to life with gossip, parties, romances, sudden death, bankruptcy and the drama of an encroaching railway on the three-part series, based on the beloved Victorian-era writings of Elizabeth Gaskell.

A sleepy 1840s English village comes to life with gossip, parties, romances, sudden death, bankruptcy and the drama of an encroaching railway in the three-part “Cranford,” based on the beloved Victorian-era writings of Elizabeth Gaskell, who combines the romantic flair of Jane Austen with the class-consciousness of Charles Dickens. The all-star cast includes Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Michael Gambon, Francesca Annis, Imelda Staunton and enough other top actors to populate a picturesque hamlet.

In episode two, as winter approaches, Cranford is beset by sorrows and struggles to re-gain its confidence. When Dr. Harrison's housekeeper discovers a leg of mutton has been stolen on the very same night that store owner Mr. Johnson is mugged, the ladies decide that a crime wave has hit Cranford.

Watch a series preview plus behind-the-scenes video.

The full program "Cranford" will be available for online viewing December 21, 2009 - January 10, 2010.

Get information about episode three.

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