Elaine of Random Jottings reviews the BBC adaptation of Gaskell’s Cranford Let us go and see!
I tell you now, if there is a finer actress living anywhere in the universe at the moment than Dame Judi Dench, please tell me and I shall have great pleasure in telling you all that YOU ARE WRONG. I have just watched the most sublime, heartbreaking performance over the last hour which outshines anything else I have seen for a long, long time. One scene with the equally sublime Sir Michael Gambon just reduced me to tears of delight and sadness. I would like to say that the acting is of an incredible standard, except that it is not acting, you watch Sir M and Dame J and they are not themselves, they are Miss Matty and Mr Holbrook and they are alive and real and in your living room… read more.