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Episode 1

Cranford, Series 2 Episode 1 of 3

Miss Matty's house is full of life and bustle. Her dream of having a child in the house has been realised with the birth of Tilly, daughter of her maid Martha and carpenter Jem. Elsewhere, the shadow of the railway still looms, but the line has been halted five miles outside Cranford - a disaster for the town, in Captain Brown's view.

As Lady Ludlow waits for her son Septimus to return from Italy, Harry Gregson is sent away to school.

Meanwhile, as Mr Buxton returns to town with his son, William, and his niece, Erminia, Miss Matty becomes concerned about another young person - Peggy Bell - who lives in an isolated cottage with her mother and domineering brother, Edward. Miss Matty decides to intervene and engineers an invitation that will bring the four young people together.

Release date:

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Christmas Eve 2011 20:00

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Role Contributor
Miss MattyJudi Dench
Miss Octavia PoleImelda Staunton
Mr BuxtonJonathan Pryce
Mrs ForresterJulia McKenzie
Lady LudlowFrancesca Annis
Miss TomkinsonDeborah Findlay
Mrs JamiesonBarbara Flynn
The Rev HuttonAlex Jennings
Captain BrownJim Carter
Mrs BellLesley Sharp
Jem HearneAndrew Buchan
Peggy BellJodie Whittaker
Septimus HanburyRory Kinnear
Mr Peter JenkynsNicholas Le Prevost
Mary SmithLisa Dillon
William BuxtonTom Hiddleston
Sir Charles MaulverGreg Wise
Harry GregsonAlex Etel
Erminia WhyteMichelle Dockery
Miss GalindoEmma Fielding
Edward BellMatthew McNulty
Mr JohnsonAdrian Scarborough
Mrs JohnsonDebra Gillett
MarthaClaudie Blakley
Bella GregsonEmma Lowndes
BerthaHannah Hobley
GiacomoNicholas Bishop
Margaret GidmanBessie Carter
ProducerSue Birtwistle
DirectorSimon Curtis
WriterHeidi Thomas