As it has so many times before, the BBC has again proven its mastery of the period drama. Great care was taken in the production of this film to provide continuity from the first story. Attention to detail was tremendous and this is revealed quite clearly in the bonus feature "Cranford in Detail". No small accomplishment was retaining the principal cast from the original film (16 actors in all) as well as the original production team.
After watching the film the first time I went back and watched both Cranford and Return to Cranford together. I was thoroughly impressed by how well the production team had captured the feel of the first film in the second. Although the second film is not quite as good as the first (and this is almost always the case with a sequel) it is still very good and worth watching again and again.