North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.
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 Margaret Hale (4 episodes, 2004)
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 John Thornton (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Richard Hale (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Hannah Thornton (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Nicholas Higgins (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Dixon (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Fanny Thornton (4 episodes, 2004)
Kay Lyon ...
 Mary Higgins (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Maria Hale (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Bessy Higgins (3 episodes, 2004)
Emma Ferguson ...
 Edith Lennox (3 episodes, 2004)
Jane Booker ...
 Mrs. Shaw (3 episodes, 2004)
Tom Charnock ...
 Williams (3 episodes, 2004)
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 John Boucher (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Henry Lennox (3 episodes, 2004)
Brian Protheroe ...
 Mr. Bell (3 episodes, 2004)
Will Tacey ...
 Mr. Latimer (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Ann Latimer (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Frederick / ... (3 episodes, 2004)
Caroline Pegg ...
 Mrs. Boucher (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Watson / ... (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Captain Lennox (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Slickson (2 episodes, 2004)
Ian McHale ...
 Stone (2 episodes, 2004)
Spencer Wild ...
 Tom Boucher (2 episodes, 2004)
Frank Lauder ...
 Stephens (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Henderson Worker (2 episodes, 2004)
Shaun Hennessey ...
 Henderson (2 episodes, 2004)
Martin Walsh ...
 Hamper / ... (2 episodes, 2004)
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North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.

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Drama | Romance

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2 July 2005 (USA)  »

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Elisabeth Gaskell's North and South  »

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Some of the exterior scenes were shot in various locations around Edinburgh. Scenes with shops, houses and street furniture required some ingenious work to conceal modern features from view. See more »

Goofs

In the last scene where Margaret and John are at the train station, the same woman in a brown bonnet and coat walks around or past the characters a total of eleven times. See more »

Quotes

John Thornton: Miss Hale, I didn't just come here to thank you. I came... because... I think it... very likely... I know I've never found myself in this position before. It's... difficult to find the words. Miss Hale, my feelings for you... are very strong...
Margaret Hale: Please! Stop. Pray, please don't go any further.
John Thornton: Excuse me?
Margaret Hale: Please don't continue in that way. It's not the way of a gentleman.
John Thornton: I'm well aware that in your eyes at least, I'm not a gentleman. But I think I deserve to know why I am offensive.
Margaret Hale: It offends ...
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Version of North & South (1975) See more »

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Milton
By Martin Phipps
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Gorgeous adaptation
20 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a history teacher so I'm very critical of adaptations, especially those that sentimentalize the past in any way. This is a superb rendering of the spirit of the industrial age and the many facets of class struggle within it. It's also a richly romantic love story. The acting by all the cast is uniformly excellent but Richard Armitage as Thornton is a stand-out. The BBC is well-known for their meticulous attention to detail with locations and costumes. The working 19C mills used in the film are like watching a Jacob Riis photograph springing to life. The cinematography is gorgeous and the music is outstanding. This is the best historic fiction on screen I've ever seen.


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