Tag Archives: bbc version

North and South–timeless love story

26 Jan

The last seven days have been very hard on our family. We’ve lost a dear friend, an incredible generous and caring person who brought only love and sunshine to our life. He is greatly missed.

I don’t know how to deal with such a loss. I’ve lost my grandparents—the closest I’ve gotten to death—but never felt so much sadness as I felt since our friend passed away. And so, I find myself gazing out the window, lost in thoughts and memories. I find myself at loss for words, missing him with such intensity that my heart aches constantly.

I also spend time watching lots of movies, and so found “North and South”, an adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel. It’s not the American version with Patrick Swayze, but rather the BBC version filmed in 2004 with Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe.

I’ve been so engrossed in this TV-series (only 4 episodes found on Netflix) that when the last episode finished I wanted more. Don’t want to give anything away, but the striking chemistry between Daniela and Richard goes beyond the screen. I’d go as far as to compare it to Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. There’s love and hate, poverty and richness, shallowness and depth, conflict and struggle. There’s every possible emotion one might want portrayed in a movie.

For fans of “Pride and Prejudice”, or the “Forsyte Saga”, this TV series is worth your while. For everyone wanting a dark, troubled hero and a strong-minded, too blunt heroine, kept apart by misconceptions, but brought together by loneliness I promise both Richard and Daniela deliver a timeless love story.

Enjoy!