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The BBC mini-series North and South follows Margaret Hale, played by Daniela Denby-Ashe, the daughter of a clergyman. She has lived her entire life in the countryside of southern England when her father suddenly decides to leave his profession and move his family to the industrial town of Milton in the north. Her father becomes a private tutor and one of his first pupils is John Thornton, played by Richard Armitage. Thornton is the owner of the local mill and Margaret takes an instant dislike to him after seeing his harsh management style and his handling of the employees which occasionally appears brutal.

As their class differences cause a clash of personality between Margaret and Thornton, the local workers of the mill begin to grow discontent and plan to strike, while Thornton struggles with money issues and a family that depends on him. Margaret herself struggles with family troubles, between a mother who is rapidly growing ill and a brother who is wanted for mutiny. As Thornton attempts to deal with the workers, Margaret begins to see him in a new light as she grows to understand more fully the difficulty of his situation.

As the strike at the mill begins, the strike leader Higgins, struggles to prevent it from growing violent, convinced it is the only way the workers can win. Things turn violent however when, faced with bankruptcy, Thornton is forced to bring in Irish workers. Margaret is left torn between her deepening sympathy and respect for both the workers and Thornton.

The show focuses strongly on its portrayal of the working class during that time and the class differences between the two main characters. It also illustrates the role class played during that era, as Thornton struggles to become educated in an attempt to fit into the class his wealth has raised him to.

BBC
1 Season, 15 Episodes
November 14, 2004
Drama
8.1/10
Cast: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff
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North and South (UK) Full Episode Guide

  • Third episode of Book Three, the final installment where two lifelong friends and battlefield adversaries return home from the U.S. Civil War.

  • Second episode of Book Three, the final installment where two lifelong friends and battlefield adversaries return home from the U.S. Civil War.

  • First episode of Book Three, the final installment where two lifelong friends and battlefield adversaries return home from the U.S. Civil War.

  • Sixth 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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