Mitten Strings for God: Chapter Eight
The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ May 6th

Cranford ~ What did you think?

Oh my goodness. I was all set to write a glowing review of Cranford (the new MasterpieceCranford1_2 miniseries that began airing last night), because I liked it - I really, really liked it. Everything about it was just to my taste - quirky and interesting characters, gorgeous settings, absorbing plot - but OH, those final ten minutes!!

(If you haven't yet seen Cranford, and plan to, you might not want to read any further.)

Bill and I were completely stymied by those last two plot developments. How shocking and sad!! I can understand the death of Deborah (symbolic of the change coming to Cranford) - though I was certain she had just fainted - but little Walter?? Oh, was that necessary? I suppose the death of a child was all too common a reality in the mid-1800s in England (or wherever you lived). But still. I kind of felt like the rug had been pulled out from beneath me!

Heartbreaking as the episode's conclusion was though, I am determined to continue with Cranford and savor the story as it unfolds over the next two installments. Programs like this are so few and far between, and I can only watch Pride & Prejudice so many times. ;)

One thing I love about British film and television, is how all those familiar faces pop up as you're watching. Just for fun, here's a rundown of who showed up in Cranford ...

From Harry Potter:

  • Dumbledore (Michael Gambon)
  • Delores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton)

From Pride & Prejudice (BBC version):

  • Lydia Bennett (Julia Salwaha)

From Pride & Prejudice (2005 version):

  • Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods)
  • Lady Catherine de Bourgh (Judi Dench)
  • Charlotte Lucas (Claudie Blackly)

From Sense & Sensibility:

  • John Willoughby (Greg Wise)
  • Charlotte Jennings Palmer (Imelda Staunton)

By the way, if you missed last night's episode, you can see it online here. (Or you will be able to very soon.) I'm also thinking about ordering Elizabeth Gaskell's book - though my nightstand is currently quite full. Has anyone read it? Is it true to the miniseries? (Usually that question is asked in reverse!) And if you are watching the Masterpiece production, what did you think?

Well, I'm off now to get our Monday rolling ... have a great one, my friends!