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Margaret (Daniela Denby-Ashe) and Thornton [Richard Armitage] 5: Margaret rejects Thornton's proposal
[North and South]

Your Comments

"Both Daniela Denby-Ashe and Richard Armitage are fabulous in this scene. It is such a fiery moment which could have turned into melodrama were it not for the amazing performances. The line, 'I do not wish to possess you, I want to marry you because I love you' will probably go down in history as one of the most romantic lines ever! Go Thornton!"
Shreeya Nanda, Cambridge

"Being a true romantic, when Mr Thornton originally proposed to Margaret in North and South, I found it a very passionate and well acted scene."
Susan Evens, Manchester

4: Jim sacrifices his life for Rosie
[Casualty @ Holby City]

Your Comments

"Really heart-wrenching, powered with so much emotion. So much tension you couldn't look away. Really kept you on the edge of your seat."
Vicki Morley, Southampton

"Touching, moving, uplifting, tragic. Everything it should have been and much much more."
Katie, Kew

Jim (Maxwell Caulfield)
Danny (David Oyelowo) 3: Danny is murdered [Spooks] (4.32%)

Your Comments

"I cried my eyes out - I couldn't believe it! The ruthless nature of Danny's murder made it all the more harrowing - it was so sudden. His selflessness in getting the abductor to shoot him was heartbreaking. Typical Spooks to throw something so shocking and emotionally draining at its audience."
Jess, Edinburgh

"One of the most powerful moments of television I have ever seen."
Joe Lycett, Birmingham

"I liked the script and the way it was played. Danny gives his speech, which was excellent, then he gets executed. I was shocked, but think this is how drama should be - breath-taking."
Simon de Boer, Makkum, The Netherlands

2: "Look back at me" [North and South] (5.76%)

Your Comments

"Richard Armitage's acting was superb. Such a range of emotions pass over his face."
Christina, Scotland

"There are so many captivating moments in North and South, but this poignant moment seriously got it for me. How gut-wrenching it must have been for everyone at home - it was pulling at everyone's heart strings! I bet all the viewers were screaming at the television and chucking their pillows: "TURN AROUND!! LOOOOOK BAAACK!!" *sob* Because I definitely was! And I'm absolutely positive I wasn't the only one!"
Jo, Kent

"The emotion, pain and want that Richard Armitage manages to convey with only a few words was truly excellent acting. This was an excellent drama that while appealing to the masses managed to retain quality."
O McKay, Glasgow

"I was so sad - I just wanted to hug him and tell him that everything was going to be OK."
G Southern, Pembrokeshire

Thornton (Richard Armitage) and Margaret (Daniela Denby-Ashe) 1: Margaret and Thornton's romantic meeting at the train station
[North and South]

Your Comments

"Having never read the book (although I have now bought a copy!) I sat perched on the edge of my seat praying for a happy ending. I wasn't to be disappointed. From the moment Margaret watched John arrive into the station the scene unfolded beautifully - the way she faltered to explain her proposal, the camera lingering on the touching of their hands, the way he looked into her face before he kissed her (and what a kiss!!). All simply stunning! Praise too for Martin Phipps for the most wonderful music which only served to heighten the emotion"
J Mitchell, West Yorkshire

"A lesson in assertive tenderness to all men of all ages! Isn't the current hysteria about North and South and John Thornton as played by Richard Armitage a clear signal from women of all ages to their men? You can't all LOOK like JT/RA but "handsome is as handsome does". And remember the song, 'Try a Little Tenderness'...."
Patsy Frederiksen, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

"A brilliant and inspired change to the closing scene of the book, full of meaning and poignance that has kept message boarders theorising for weeks afterwards! How much more a touch and gentle kiss can say than the full-on explicity that is so often deemed necessary."
Sarah, London

"One of the best moments on TV this year has to be the kiss between Mr Thornton and Margaret at the end of North and South. Though you have to slightly suspend belief (I don’t think unmarried couples would have kissed openly on a public train station during Victorian times!) it is still a beautiful and wondrous moment."
Sinead, East Sussex

"Who could fail to melt in response to the expression of joy and tenderness on John Thornton's face as he realised that his beloved Margaret had decided to make a new life with him? The nation's women sighed as one, 'At last!'"
Alexandra Slater, Derbyshire

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