North and South (DVD)

 North and South
BBC, 2004
Starring: Richard Armitage & Daniela Denby-Ashe

While I ended up not watching this treasure with the Indie Janeites as planned, I did purchase and devour it after reading the book. Oh swoon. It was a wonderful viewing experience, and the BBC did a pretty good job of translating book to screen. Especially when you consider they took roughly 3-years-and-change of time and condensed it into a 4ish hour production. Impressive, my friends, impressive.

I'm willing to overlook some of the story-alterations as necessary evils for this condensing, although the one main issue I have is that they made Thornton mean. Proud, a little brash, controlled passion and a little rough around the edges? Definitely. But mean? Nope. So that bugged me a little, having become so acquainted with his character. I understand the "logic" behind the decision (give Margaret a reason to dislike him, quickly), but think it could have been handled differently. Otherwise, I'm okay with the way they played with the story.

DVD provided by my personal library.


  1. Every Thornton fangirl I know says the same thing. I'm willing to forgive them for it, since the production gave me Richard Armitage with a northern accent. #priorities

  2. I love this series so much! I can overlook a lot about the early portrayal of Thornton because the ending is just so much perfection!