The Gaskell Society

The Gaskell Society

Celebrating the life and work of Elizabeth Gaskell

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Online Talk: North and South – The TV Adaptation

Wednesday 23 March, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT


We are thrilled that Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is celebrating North and South during 2022, with a special season of events and talks!

The BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic novel was a surprise instant hit with television audiences when it aired in 2004. A key part of its appeal was the performance of the two leads, Richard Armitage as smouldering mill owner John Thornton and Daniela Denby-Ashe as heroine Margaret Hale. The Gaskell Society Chair, Libby Tempest explores why we all love this adaptation. She compares it with the original novel before asking the question: what effect did its success have on Elizabeth Gaskell’s reputation?

Read Libby’s blog post on the subject. 

Tickets £4

The talk will be approx 45 mins long, with time for a short question session afterwards.