Little Dorrit

Airing Dec. 20, 2009 - Jan. 3, 2010 on PBS   Check local listings

Welcome to Cranford, circa 1840...a rural English town where etiquette rules, undergirded by a healthy amount of gossip. Modernity is making a move in town as construction of a railway comes harrowingly close. Cranford's eclectic residents, among them Matty Jenkyns (Dame Judi Dench) her sister Deborah (Dame Eileen Atkins), and Miss Pole (Imelda Staunton), stay immersed in the sweet pleasures and sometimes heartbreaking realities of simple village life. But when a handsome, young doctor arrives with cutting-edge new techniques, it rapidly becomes clear that as the world changes, so Cranford will change with it. Based on three Elizabeth Gaskell novels (Cranford, My Lady Ludlow and Mr. Harrison's Confessions), and boasting an all-star cast, Cranford breathes life into one town during one extraordinary year.

Cranford Behind-the-Scenes Video
In on-set interviews, the cast and crew reflect on the ambitious story, the large cast and creating a community.

The Characters of Cranford
Get the scoop on the town's eclectic residents and the actors who portray them.

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