Ahhh…just passionate and beautiful and oh soooo romantic. North & South had me right from the beginning. This 4 part mini-series tells the story of southerner Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby-Ashe, at first I didn’t even recognise her as Janey from My Family) who is uprooted by her father and moved to the northern town of Milton. Here she befriends local mill workers and their families, being made aware of their daily struggles. She also crosses paths with mill owner John Thornton (Richard Armitage) and so the sparks of attraction are subtly set off against the backdrop of industrialisation and related hardships. I’ve never read Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel on which this is based but it has now found its way onto my To Read list.
Wonderfully acted, you get drawn into every character’s life and almost wish you could resolve all the problems on their behalf. BBC never fails to deliver. I devoured all four episodes back-to-back. Absolutely brilliant!