North and South (UK)

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  • TV-PG
  • 2004
  • 1 Season
  • 8.0  (11,762)

North and South is a British television drama series produced by BBC that originally aired in 1985. It is a period piece set in the Victorian era, depicting the struggles of life in England's industrial north during the mid-19th century. The show is based on the novel of the same name written by Elizabeth Gaskell.

The plot revolves around Margaret Hale (played by Daniela Denby-Ashe), a young and spirited woman who is forced to leave her comfortable life in the south of England and move to the northern town of Milton. There, she encounters the harsh realities of life in a rapidly industrializing society, where poverty and disease are rampant, and the social divide between the owners and workers of the mills is ever-widening.

Margaret is initially disgusted by the rough and uncultured ways of the northerners, but she soon finds herself drawn to John Thornton (played by Richard Armitage), a wealthy and ambitious mill owner who is striving to make his mark in the competitive textile industry. Despite their initial animosity towards each other, Margaret and John develop a mutual respect and admiration, which eventually leads to a budding romance.

But their relationship is fraught with challenges - John's ambitious plans put him at odds with the workers' union, while Margaret's loyalty to her family and her southern past create tensions between them. Meanwhile, the political and economic turmoil of the time - including the advent of the railway, class tensions, and the Chartist movement - threaten to upend their lives and the stability of their community.

The show explores themes of industrialization, social class, gender roles, and love in a time of rapid change and uncertainty. It features a talented cast of actors, including Tim Pigott-Smith as Mr. Hale, Margaret's intellectual and idealistic father, and Sinéad Cusack as Mrs. Thornton, John's formidable and overbearing mother.

North and South has been praised for its realistic portrayal of the harsh realities and social complexities of Victorian England. The show's attention to detail in costuming, set design, and historical accuracy has garnered critical acclaim, and it has become a beloved classic of British television. The show was also notable for launching the career of many of its young actors, including Armitage, who went on to achieve international fame in the fantasy series The Hobbit and the spy thriller series Berlin Station.

Overall, North and South is a captivating and emotional drama that explores the complexities of human relationships and societal change in an era of rapid transformation. It is a must-watch for fans of period dramas, historical fiction, and romantic stories.

North and South (UK) is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (15 episodes). The series first aired on November 14, 2004.

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Heaven and Hell Episode 2
14. Heaven and Hell Episode 2
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13. Heaven and Hell Episode 1
February 27, 1994
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12. Love and War Episode 6
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Love and War Episode 5
11. Love and War Episode 5
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Fifth episode of Book Two, as the honor and friendship of two men fighting for what they believe is right remain steadfast through the carnage of a brutal war.
Love and War Episode 4
10. Love and War Episode 4
May 7, 1986
Fourth episode of Book Two, as the honor and friendship of two men fighting for what they believe is right remain steadfast through the carnage of a brutal war.
Love and War Episode 3
9. Love and War Episode 3
May 6, 1986
Third episode of Book Two, as the honor and friendship of two men fighting for what they believe is right remain steadfast through the carnage of a brutal war.
Love and War Episode 2
8. Love and War Episode 2
May 5, 1986
Second episode of Book Two, as the honor and friendship of two men fighting for what they believe is right remain steadfast through the carnage of a brutal war.
Love and War Episode 1
7. Love and War Episode 1
May 4, 1986
First episode of Book Two, as the honor and friendship of two men fighting for what they believe is right remain steadfast through the carnage of a brutal war.
North and South Episode 6
6. North and South Episode 6
November 10, 1985
Sixth episode of Book One, featuring two West Point military academy cadets that form a bond of friendship strong enough to survive the forces leading to the United States' Civil War.
North and South Episode 5
5. North and South Episode 5
November 9, 1985
Fifth episode of Book One, featuring two West Point military academy cadets that form a bond of friendship strong enough to survive the forces leading to the United States' Civil War.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
December 5, 2004
After her father's death, Margaret leaves Milton to live with her aunt in London. Thornton learns that Frederick is Margaret's brother. With the money that she inherited from Mr. Bell, her godfather, she decides to help Mr. Thornton's mill from closing.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
November 28, 2004
Deeply hurt at the refusal of his marriage proposal, Thornton and Margaret's relationship becomes more tense and difficult. Just in time, Frederick comes home to visit his dying mother. Thornton mistakes him for Margaret's lover. As Margaret realizes that she might have been mistaking in her harsh and hasty criticism of Thornton, she has to sadly observe his opinion of her altering.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
November 21, 2004
Maria Hale's health ceases and her daughter Margaret decides to contact her brother Frederick - who had to leave England years earlier due to a wrongful court decision. The mill workers in Milton go on strike. In order to get his orders done in time, Thornton hires Irish workers. The angry strikers hear of this and in an attempt to threaten Thornton they hurt Margaret.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
November 14, 2004
Margaret Hale and her parents move to Milton in the north of England where Mr. Hale starts working as a private tutor. Margaret and her mother find it difficult to adapt to the north. While Margaret tries to deal with her new home and thereby befriends Bessy Higgins and her father Nicholas, poor local mill workers, she becomes aware of the social inequalities.
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North and South (UK) is available for streaming on the BBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch North and South (UK) on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV and Peacock.
  • Premiere Date
    November 14, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (11,762)