Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) may not be as widely read as Jane Austen, but her works seem to have gained a wider audience in the past few years. While remakes of Austen's novels have been done and redone, some of us have begun to take notice of Gaskell through the popularity of miniseries based on her novels. Cranford (2007) enjoyed great success and the main players are expected to return to film a sequel this coming Christmas (2009). Wives and Daughters was unfinished at the time of Gaskell's death but with the help of a ghost writer, the completed novel was made into a sweet, captivating miniseries which is my favourite of all the period dramas that I've come to love. North and South (NOT the Civil American war) is another one of Gaskell's novels turned into a much beloved mini-series complete with a dark and misunderstood gentleman and an intelligent, compassionate heroine. Simply Google Richard Armitage and you will discover the obsession that still follows this 2004 production...
Cranford comes to rescue of Elizabeth Gaskell's house
(how restoration has resumed, mention of Bronte hiding behind drapes...)
The Amazing Secret Life of Cranford Creator Elizabeth Gaskell
(article in the Daily Mail)
Elizabeth Gaskell Society
The Gaskell Web
Some Say that Gaskell is Austen embellished with Dickens at Austenprose
'10 Things to Know About Elizabeth Gaskell'
(Reading, Writing, Working, Playing has a post with further links for more info...)
article about Mary Barton being staged in Manchester in 2006
(I had hoped it would do well and eventually adapted to film)
Cranford, Wives and Daughters and North and South can all be found in the Films Index...