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It's the Cranford ladies, they're coming back strong

GOSSIP! Cranford, BBC1, 9.00pm

CranfordIt's not all that often that we decide we want to write about a show purely on the basis of the trailer. But then, it's not every trailer which has an operatic version of Mis-Teeq's 'Scandalous' as its accompaniment. Which is a bit of a shame, really. We're wondering now if part of Alesha's contract when she signed up for Strictly Come Dancing stipulated that the BBC should use her songs for as many purposes as possible. They could've used 'Knockdown' for that episode of EastEnders that was on on Tuesday, or 'Can't Get It Back' for Neighbours or maybe 'One Night Stand' for The Tudors? Actually, this could be a really fun game.

Anyway, brilliance of trailers aside, this is BBC1's latest piece of cosy costumed fare for Sunday nights, based on the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, charting the lives and loves of the people of Cranford in the 1840s - uncertain times in the midst of many changes. The cast is ridiculously star-laden: Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Michael Gambon, Francesca Annis, Philip Glenister, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Julia Sawalha, Greg Wise, Julia McKenzie...need we go on? (Actually, that's the end of our list, so we needn't.)

The folks over on the forum are all intensely excited about this, as are we. Should be just the thing to keep us going through those cold Sunday nights in the run-up to Christmas.

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Steve! You forgot to mention Pulling! Aren't we meant to be mentioning it every day until they commission series 2?!

By Blogger RAD, at 11:46 pm  

Do you know where I can find the music to the trailer?

By Anonymous Katie, at 12:51 pm  

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