I was very pleased to see the Alderney cow clad in its flannel pyjamas on BBC1's Cranford last night, and very smart it looked, too. I'm still having to resist the urge to shout at the TV screen when liberties are being taken with Mrs Gaskell's story, though. Judi Dench's performance as Miss Matty is nicely understated; it would have been all too easy to make her too 'twee.' The rest of the cast also very good, and the costumes are all 'spot on' period-wise, which makes it a pleasure to watch despite my misgivings regarding the story.
Illustration by Hugh Thomson from 1898 Macmillan edition of Cranford.