The BBC dramatisation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South is being shown on BBC Four on Sunday evenings at 7pm. Although it has been repeated on UKTV Drama, this is the first time the BBC has shown it since its initial broadcast in November/December 2004. Episode 1 has already aired, but you can catch up with Episode 2 on 24th May.
North and South gave the delectable Richard Armitage his first leading role on television. His wonderful portrayal of Victorian millowner John Thornton in Sandy Welch’s adaptation was to prove his breakthrough role on British TV. North and South also stars Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Hale, Lesley Manville, Tim Piggot Smith, Sinead Cusack, Brendan Coyle, Pauline Quirk and Anna Maxwell Martin.
It’s a gem of a production and not to be missed. And arguably it has the best TV screen kiss, EVER.
According to the Weekend magazine in last week’s Daily Mail, the success of North and South is “at least partly …because of the smouldering Mr. Armitage, playing a kind of Industrial Revolution Darcy…..”
Yes indeedy. Richard’s performance as hero John Thornton caused some of us to deluge the BBC messageboard afterwards and even get a mention in The Times. If you are new to Richard Armitage and wondering what all the fuss is about, perhaps these will give you a clue ;0) …