North & South (2004)
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Deeply hurt at the refusal of his marriage proposal, Thornton and Margaret's relationship becomes more tense and difficult. Just in time, Frederick comes home to visit his dying mother. ... See full summary »


Brian Percival


Elizabeth Gaskell (novel), Sandy Welch (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Armitage ... John Thornton
Daniela Denby-Ashe ... Margaret Hale
William Houston ... John Boucher
Brian Protheroe Brian Protheroe ... Mr. Bell
Anna Maxwell Martin ... Bessy Higgins
Sinéad Cusack ... Hannah Thornton
Lesley Manville ... Maria Hale
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Richard Hale
Brendan Coyle ... Nicholas Higgins
Will Tacey Will Tacey ... Mr. Latimer
Lucy Brown ... Ann Latimer
Kay Lyon Kay Lyon ... Mary Higgins
Pauline Quirke ... Dixon
Jane Booker ... Mrs. Shaw
Travis Oliver ... Captain Lennox


Deeply hurt at the refusal of his marriage proposal, Thornton and Margaret's relationship becomes more tense and difficult. Just in time, Frederick comes home to visit his dying mother. Thornton mistakes him for Margaret's lover. As Margaret realizes that she might have been mistaken in her harsh and hasty criticism of Thornton, she has to sadly observe his opinion of her altering. Shortly after the death of her mother, Margaret's friend Bessy also dies. Written by R.

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Drama | Romance



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28 November 2004 (UK) See more »

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North & South: Part 3
17 September 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always had a lifelong love for period dramas and adaptations. There are disappointments out there, both as book adaptations and on their own terms (the latter of which for me has always been a fairer way to judge), but many masterpieces.

Elizabeth Gaskell's 'North & South' is a masterpiece and a beautiful and affecting love story. This four-part mini-series succeeds not only as an adaptation and very faithful but also on its own terms. The story here is still the beautiful, affecting and timeless story that made me love the book in the first place. And the dialogue is wonderfully written, every bit as eloquent, sophisticated and literate as that in the book, as well as insightful. This is apparent once again in this part where the storytelling is even richer and it's more eventful.

On its own terms, 'North & South' succeeds amazingly. A lot happens in this third and penultimate part. The pace is spot on with few rushed or draggy spots and no skimming over of pivotal scenes, and the length is just right. Plenty of time to flesh out the central relationship and explore with complexity the many different relationships 'North & South' has.

Production-values-wise, 'North & South' is flawless. The scenery is breathtaking without being too clean, the costumes are beautifully tailored and the photography is suitably elegant. The music is equally very good, with enough elegant and haunting motifs/themes to make it memorable.

The direction is always very assured, and the acting is pretty much outstanding with the characters written so well you do care for them and their situations. Daniela Denby-Ashe is a very poignant Margaret, and there are outstanding supporting turns from Tim Piggott-Smith and Lesley Manville.

Sinead Cusack is a standout in the supporting cast, relishing her beastly character. What made the mini-series for me was the superlative performance of Richard Amitage, who is very handsome and charismatic, has great delivery of his lines and manages to convey all sides of his complex character brilliantly.

All in all, stunning. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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