Two weeks ago I finally bought the BBC version of North & South. Yes, it's the fantastic one with Richard Armitage (need I say more?). And this week my sister and I watched the four episodes of the mini series. At first we only planned to watch part 1, but then we were pretty much forced to watch the whole series in one sitting. We just had to know the whole story.
Everything about this mini series was wonderful. The story was gripping and I rooted for Margaret and John right from the time I first met them. They were like real people and I wanted them to be happy. The love story was just as emotional and dramatic as I expected it to be.
All of the actors were fantastic and very expressive. They often needed no words to express their feelings and thoughts. The at times harsh, depressing and yet beautiful scenery made a lasting impression on me. Especially the floating cotton balls in the factory are something I will never forget. And I also loved the socio-critical aspects of the story and how they showed that the wealth of a few was based on the work of many.
I cried several times while watching the mini series, especially part 4 was very emotional. Even my sister who normally never cries had to at the end of the movie. We both agree that it was a wonderful mini series and I'm sure that we will rewatch it in the future.
Right now I'm waiting for my copy of "North & South", the novel, by Elizabeth Gaskell. I'm excited to find out in which parts the mini series stayed true to the original and in which it didn't. And I'm asking myself why I waited so long to finally buy and watch this mini series. I think there is no acceptable excuse for it. :)