Cranford – Revisited and Nostalgic Memories

It was the second episode of Cranford on Sunday – see the BBC website here. There were so many scenes that were all totally unknown to me that it was as if I’d never read the book. I was able to watch it without my pre-conceived pictures intruding. It was a mixture of comedy and tragedy, as is life. See the Radio Times website here for more information on the cast and crew, location shots, photos and video clips. I thought Julia Sawalha was just right as Jessie Brown and I was pleased to read in the RT that she is in Lark Rise to Candleford, which is coming to the BBC next year. I read Lark Rise about 10 years or so ago when I was recovering from flu, so I’m looking forward to seeing it. With such a gap since I’ve read it I’ll be able to watch it with fresh eyes – I’m not planning on reading again until I’ve watched the drama.

Thinking of Cranford has made me think back with nostalgia to my schooldays at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. I remembered today that the house I was in at school was called Gaskell after Mrs Gaskell (the school houses were named after people with local connections). I got out some old school magazines and read them with great pleasure wondering what has happened to my old school friends. My school has its own website and I had a look tonight. It has changed almost beyond recognition, although the main school building is still the same. I wonder if they still have the same house system.

Cranford is the only book I’ve read by Elizabeth Gaskell and I must read some more. I’d like to read Mary Barton and Ruth, which sound very different books from Cranford, but as I’ve got Sylvia’s Lovers I’ll start with that.

3 thoughts on “Cranford – Revisited and Nostalgic Memories

  1. So, might you attend the Old Girls Christmas Dinner this year? Ah, go ahead. It would make a terrific blog entry. :<)I love the Lark Rise books and am quite sure I read all of them.


  2. Ah, Nan I won’t be there. For one thing I don’t live near Altrincham now and for another it’s my grandaughter’s birthday that weekend, and I’ll be seeing Father Christmas with her.I loved Lark Rise to Candleford and Still Glides the Stream – I haven’t read the other books – a treat in store.


  3. I read Lark Rise in the last year or two and am happy to hear it will be televised! And hopefully it will come to the US….how often do I say that??? And why is your television programming so much better? Grumble.


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