NOTE: I watched and wrote about North & South in January 2012. As of this date, it is still available for streaming on Netflix.***
North & South is the love story of Margaret Hale and John Thornton. It unfolds in four-part episodes. Margaret is from the south and Mr. Thornton is from Milton, a dirty smokey industrial city in the north part of England. Margaret finds Milton cold and depressing. It doesn’t help that her mother’s health is failing. Mr. Thornton is in love with Margaret, but she misjudges his true character which causes her to dislike him immensely. Mr. Thornton’s mother cannot stand Margaret.
There are subplots to the story which helps to bring the movie along. There is a workers strike against the mill owners for better working conditions and pay. Margaret has much compassion for them which causes uch friction. between her, Mr. Thornton and his mother Hannah.
The musical score is by Martin Phipps and it is one of the best things about this miniseries. The music is quite haunting, yet beautiful and stays with you after the movie is over. For some reason a CD for the music was not released even after this miniseries lit up BBC television and their website crashed because of viewer reaction to the show.
Mr. Thornton is superbly played by Richard Armitage. Thornton is reserved and very businesslike. He doesn’t snile much and he didn’t have much interest in having a personal life until he meets Margaret Hale.
For a long time Margaret has no idea that Thornton is deeply in love with her. All she sees is his rough and businesslike demeanor. Margaret Hale is played by Daniela Denby-Ashe.
Hannah Thornton realizes that her son is in love with Margaret, and it pains her to see her son rejected by someone whom she thinks is haughty.
Fans of the BBC North and South miniseries would now love to see a sequel.