There’s only a few mentions of Christmas in the two series of Cranford (2007-2010), but something about the cozy biddiness of the whole thing makes me think of the winter holidays. The stories are utterly charming without being saccharine or stupid, and the acting is top notch thanks to Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Francesca Annis, Julia Sawalha, Greg Wise, et. al. And, most of all, the ridiculous 1840s costumes are rendered perfectly by the expert stylings of Jenny Beavan.
Fire it up on DVD or your favorite streaming service, pour a cup of tea, and settle in for a couple hours of the finest the BBC can serve up!
Will you return to Cranford this winter?