Friday, January 8, 2010

Masterpiece Classic returns!

After what seems like an interminable wait, the new season of Masterpiece Classic begins this Sunday with part one of Return to Cranford, the sequel series to the fabulous Cranford miniseries, based on the works of Elizabeth Gaskell. Here's just a bit about what's in store:

This Sunday, January 10, revisit Cranford — the sleepy English village that captured the hearts of MASTERPIECE viewers in 2008. In Return to Cranford, the distinguished cast is back, including Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, Julia McKenzie and Francesca Annis, as Cranford continues to come to terms with wrenching social change against the backdrop of a close-knit community. Return to Cranford is based on the works of Victorian-era writer Elizabeth Gaskell.

Isn't this cast fantastic? Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, Julia McKenzie, and Francesca Annis are just a few of the familiar faces due to appear in this production. I don't know about you all, but I for one am very excited about Masterpiece Classics posts returning to the blog. :)


Maria Grazia said...

Hi, Ruth! Haven't they recently broadcast Emma 2009 on Masterpiece Classic? Did you see it? I loved it. looking forward to reading your review of Return to Cranford, then.

Olivia said...

Yeah, Cranford, I hope I get to watch it.

Unknown said...

@Maria - They haven't broadcast Emma 2009 over here yet - that starts on January 24th. Can't wait!

@Liv - If you can't watch it Sunday nights, PBS will be streaming it on their website starting the next day (I think). And of course we can get together to watch it too... :)

Phylly3 said...

Yes indeed. I have been longing for Masterpiece Classic. What a great night too! After Return to Cranford, they had M1-5 (probably only Season 4). I was glued to the TV most of the evening!

Unknown said...

@phylly3 - Thanks for the comment! Yes, the return of Masterpiece Classic has been a LONG time coming, I heartily agree!

As I recall, season 4 of MI-5 was pretty good... :)