Spend $150 and get Free Ground Shipping today!
A powerful adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's feisty and passionate love story, set in the changing world of Victorian industrial society. Margaret Hale is one of literature's most original heroines: a southerner from a country vicarage newly settled in the industrial northern town of Milton. In the shock of her move, she misjudges charismatic cotton mill-owner John Thornton, whose strength of purpose and passion are a match for her own pride and wilfulness. When the workers of Milton call a strike, Margaret takes their side, and the two are brought into deeper conflict. As events spiral out of control, Margaret - to her surprise - begins to fall in love with Thornton..
Margaret Hale is one of literatures most original heroines. The daughter of a middleclass parson, she has enjoyed a privileged upbringing in rural southern England. When her father leaves the church on a matter of conscience and uproots his wife and daughter to the industrial northern town of Milton, Margarets eyes are rapidly opened to another way of living
The social cost of the Industrial Revolution is immediately apparent and Margaret and her family are exposed to a severe cultural shock. Margaret takes instant offence to the town and its people, hating the dirt, noise and lack of civilisation.
To help their financial situation, her father takes up a position as a private tutor. One of his pupils is charismatic cotton mill-owner, John Thornton, to whom Margaret takes an instant dislike.
Over time, Margaret begins to settle in Milton, her social consciousness awakens and she befriends some of the local millworkers, learning about the poverty and hardships to which they are subjected in the workplace. When one of her friends, Bessy, dies from a work-related disease, Margarets contempt for the mill-owning classes is reinforced.
When the workers call a strike, Margaret takes their side, and she and Thornton are brought into deeper conflict. As events spiral out of control, however, Margaret to her surprise begins to fall in love with Thornton. But will their past of hurt pride and mutual misunderstandings prevent them from overcoming their differences and realising their true feelings for each other before it is too late?.
As the story opens, Margaret Hale is staying with her aunt Shaw in London, where she attends her cousin Ediths smart society wedding. At the ball, she attracts potential suitors herself and prompts an unwelcome proposal when she confesses that she too dreams of a fairytale wedding. So she is quite happy to return to her comfortable life at her fathers parsonage in rural Hampshire, But her privileged lifestyle is shattered when her father decides to leave the Church on a matter of conscience, and move to the grim industrial northern town of Milton. On arrival in Milton, the social cost of the industrial revolution is apparent and Margaret and her family are exposed to a severe cultural shock. Margaret takes instant offence at the town and its people. She is terribly lonely and hates the dirt, noise and lack of civilisation, blaming their new way of life for her mothers failing health. The family are financially hard up, but proud. Mr Hale takes a position as a private tutor, teaching classics to the nouveaux-riches of the industrialised towns the mill- owning classes. One of his pupils is a Mr John Thornton. Margaret is shocked and appalled when she first meets Thornton. He is savagely beating up one of his mill- workers for smoking. No matter that a previous mill fire killed 300 workers, Margaret thinks it inexcusable. She instantly takes a snobbish dislike to him and his family, and what she regards as their vulgar and uneducated ways. However, Margaret and Thornton's lives seem set to be intertwined, when she discovers that he is one of her father's new pupils
Margaret is beginning to settle in Milton. Her social consciousness is awakened and she befriends some of the local mill workers, learning about their poverty and workplace struggles. Margarets mothers health is deteriorating and she knows that she would love to see her son, Frederick, before she dies. She writes to him in Spain but Frederick has been involved in a mutiny at sea. After standing up to the overbearing captain, he was declared a traitor; if he returns to Britain, he will be court-martialled and killed. Margaret takes it upon herself to try to help the workers in their struggle. Bessie and Margaret become close friends and Margaret starts to feel more at ease in Milton, though shes still appalled at John Thorntons treatment of his workers and wants to return to her beloved Helstone. When she intervenes in an industrial dispute at Thorntons mill, Margaret causes a stir in the town and, in particular, amongst Thorntons family. His proud mother and precious sister believe she may be making advances on Johns heart as well as his wealth. Nothing could be further from Margarets mind, but Thornton is secretly holding a torch for her.
When her friend Bessie dies from a work-related disease, Margarets feelings towards the mill-owning classes are reinforced. For her, John Thornton represents this loathsome group more than anyone, and Margaret takes it upon herself to try to help the workers with their struggle. Gradually, however, Margaret and Thornton begin to learn and understand a little more about each other. Margaret begins to comprehend the benefits that the new industrialised society will bring, and starts to see Thorntons caring and compassionate side, his zest for life and longing for the education he was denied as a child.Thornton admires Margarets fighting spirit and her charitable nature. With the help and advice of Margaret and some of her worker friends, he begins to make changes at his mill for the benefit of the workers and productivity alike. He becomes a model mill- owner. In Milton, Maria has taken a turn for the worse and Margaret is shocked by her mothers condition. However, one night, Frederick turns up at the door and the family is temporarily reunited. But when Margaret sees her brother off at the train station,Thornton passes by and, seeing her embrace an unknown man, jumps to the wrong conclusion
As events spiral out of her control, Margaret begins to fall for Thornton. Thornton finds himself in serious financial difficulty, but he has not lost his compassion. When Margaret bumps into him in Milton, she tries to explain that all was not as it seemed when he saw her last at the railway station. Meanwhile, devastated by the death of his wife, Richard Hale goes to Oxford to stay with his old friend, Mr Bell (Brian Protheroe). But soon, he too is dead. Mr Bell breaks the news to Margaret and promises that, as her godfather, he will look after her. Margaret prepares to leave Milton and says her farewells; she is genuinely sad to leave the North. When Bell tries to cheer her up by taking her to Helstone, Margaret realises she has romanticised the South and that she cannot go back in time life has changed. But her fortunes are transformed when Bell signs over his wealth to her, so that she can enjoy it and he can live out his last years in South America, something he has long dreamt of. Margaret becomes a rich woman and Thorntons landlord. Back in Milton, Thorntons finances are in severe trouble and he is forced to leave the mill. Higgins lets slip that Margaret was not with another admirer at the station that night but that it was her brother.Thornton thinks deeply about Margaret and decides to take a pilgrimage to Helstone to see her beloved village for himself. At the same time, Margaret travels to Milton to put a business proposition to Thornton in order to save the mill and give her a better return on her investment. By chance, the pair meet at a railway station in the Midlands.
Daniela Denby-Ashe... Margaret Hale (4 episodes, 2004)
Richard Armitage... John Thornton (4 episodes, 2004)
Tim Pigott-Smith... Richard Hale (4 episodes, 2004)
Sinéad Cusack... Hannah Thornton (4 episodes, 2004)
Brendan Coyle... Nicholas Higgins (4 episodes, 2004)
Pauline Quirke... Dixon (4 episodes, 2004)
|Run Time:||233 minutes|
|Starring:||Richard Armitage;Daniela Denby-Ashe; Tim Pigott-Smith; Sinéad Cusack|
|Cast:||<p>Daniela Denby-Ashe... Margaret Hale (4 episodes, 2004) <br>Richard Armitage... John Thornton (4 episodes, 2004) <br>Tim Pigott-Smith... Richard Hale (4 episodes, 2004) <br>Sinéad Cusack... Hannah Thornton (4 episodes, 2004) <br>Brendan Coyle... Nicholas Higgins (4 episodes, 2004) <br>Pauline Quirke... Dixon (4 episodes, 2004)</p>|
|Editorial Reviews:||<p> an intelligent, moving, thought-provoking and visually striking adaptation, traditional TV drama at its best. - The Times</p>|
|Number of Discs:||2 Discs|