While the core of Cranford’s life is a core of spinsters and widows who thrive on propriety, stability, and social niceties, it would be a misconception to believe that the series is anchored in the lives of the town’s older citizens. Rather, a broad spectrum of players are present from the youthful and romantic to the passed by and disappointed.
The emotional depth of the series encompasses both fresh undertakings and bittersweet reminiscences as seen through the town’s wealth of female citizens. This balanced, broad perspective prevents Cranford from becoming a period Grumpy Old Men for women, and dramatically transcends it, becoming a deeply felt, authentic drama that appeals to all ages; it is truly excellent family viewing.
I regularly discard DVD packaging in order to save shelf space, but Cranford: The Collection is so beautifully packaged that I doubt I’ll be able to part with this sturdy box set. Not only is the box itself sturdier than most, but each DVD case resembles a hardcover book – truly lovely.
A voyage to the reclusive town of Cranford is a richly rewarding experience. The combination of jaunty humor, small-town community spirit, and thrumming emotional undercurrents result in a captivating small-screen experience that rivals that of any large-screen production. It is in the details that Cranford truly comes to life, the small yet meaningful gestures of kind-heartedness, historical authenticity, and care for the smallest nuances. I highly recommend you to experience this special community for yourself.