Masterpiece Classic: Return To Cranford
Airs Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 9 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published September 20, 2010 at 3:12 p.m., updated November 19, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.
Change is racing towards the small, close-knit village of Cranford like a steam train - quite literally. As the railroad continues to encroach at the edge of town, Cranford strives to open to new realities, from surprising romances to unexpected losses and even waltzing!
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Matty Jenkyns (Judi Dench), Miss Pole (Imelda Staunton), Mrs. Forrester (Julia McKenzie) and Mrs. Jamieson (Barbara Flynn) are back with other distinguished residents of Cranford, along with one well-outfitted and mischievous cow.
When a shocking event seemingly derails Cranford from its innocence, can a bit of magic and faith in enduring friendships save the day? Based on the stories of Victorian-era writer Elizabeth Gaskell, "Return To Cranford" also features Tom Hiddleston ("Wallander") and Tim Curry.
Episode One airs on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. - New life is charmingly apparent in Cranford as Matty Jenkyns enjoys sharing her home with Tilly, the daughter of her maid Martha and carpenter Jem Hearne. Some new faces have arrived as well.
The railway has crept closer to Cranford, but has been halted several miles outside the village. Captain Brown is determined to make progress for the railway, but meets resistance from the village residents. An unexpected and alarming shift signals yet more change in store. Can Matty and the women of Cranford muster support for what inevitably awaits?
Episode Two airs on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 10:30 p.m. - In the final episode, the women of Cranford eagerly anticipate some interactions with Mrs. Jamieson’s sister-in-law, Lady Glenmire, who, with the encouragement of Captain Brown, plans a party.
In the meantime, Miss Galindo is concerned about Harry Gregson, who has disappeared from school. The friendships in Cranford are strained when a surprise wedding shocks everyone.
But no one can know the tragedy and challenge that await and will threaten the ties of the close-knit Cranford community, putting the women to their ultimate test.
This program originally aired in 2010.