The BBC's 1975 version of North and South, staring Starring Patrick Stewart and Rosalie Shanks, will be released on DVD this July!
From the website:
Based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell.
Margaret Hale, 19, has her life turned upside down when her father, the pastor, leaves the Church of England and settles with his wife and daughter in the Black Country. A textile-producing region, it is engaged in cotton-manufacturing and is smack in the middle of the industrial revolution where masters and workers clash in the first organized strikes.
Margaret finds the bustling, smoky town of Milton harsh and strange and she is upset by the poverty all around and by her meetings with a Mr Thornton (Patrick Stewart). From the outset, Margaret and Thornton are at odds with each other: she sees him as coarse and unfeeling; he sees her as haughty. But he is attracted to her beauty and self-assurance and she begins to admire how he has lifted himself out of poverty.
Dramatised by David Turner
Produced by Martin Lisemore
Directed by Rodney Bennett
I think as well as comparing Mr Thornton's, I'm most looking forward to seeing Tim Piggot-Smith as Margaret' brother, Frederick.
You can preorder now for £17.99. On news on a Region 1 (USA) dvd release yet.
More images from the production at the website