UK / BBC One / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 14 November – 5 December 2004
Writer: Sandy Welch / Novel: Elizabeth Gaskell / Script Editor: Antonia Gordon / Music: Martin Phipps / Producer: Kate Bartlett / Executive Producers: Phillippa Giles, Laura Mackie / Director: Brian Percival
Drama serial set in Victorian England. Margaret Hale’s family is forced to move from their comfortable life in the South to the less prosperous working class North in the cotton mill town of Milton. There she meets mill owner John Thornton whom she perceives as being harsh and unjust with his workers during strike action. His fortunes wane and eventually circumstances transpire that she inherits the mill and becomes the new owner which brings them together romantically for a happy ending.
There was a previous adaptation of this book on BBC2 in December 1975 starring Rosalie Shanks as Margaret Hale and Patrick Stewart as John Thornton as well as an even earlier version in 1966 with Richard Leech and Wendy Williams.
DANIELA DENBY-ASHE as Margaret Hale
RICHARD ARMITAGE as John Thornton
SINEAD CUSACK as Hannah Thornton
LESLEY MANVILLE as Maria Hale
PAULINE QUIRKE as Dixon
BRENDAN COYLE as Nicholas Higgins
JOHN LIGHT as Henry Lennox
EMMA FERGUSON as Edith Lennox
JANE BOOKER as Mrs Shaw
ANNA MAXWELL MARTIN as Bessy Higgins
JO JOYNER as Fanny Thornton