The BBC production of Elizabeth Gaskell‘s Wives and Daughters isn’t as well-known as say Pride and Prejudice or Emma. Gaskell is a writer I just learned about a year ago, but I’m liking her more and more. I loved Gaskell’s novel Cranston and the BBC production of her North and South was quite good.
Episode one of this 4 part series introduces viewers to Molly Gibson, a young girl who’s mother’s died. She gets lost and is brought to a huge country home. Cut ahead ten years later and her father, a country doctor decides to wed because Molly suddenly needs a mother. Of course, his choice shocks Molly. Molly doesn’t feel she needs a mother and she knows she won’t like Hyacinth, the finicky woman Dr. Gibson chose.
This Cinderella story works as they almost always do. There’ll be more as I work through the series.
- Wives & Daughters (netflix.com)
- North and South (Mixed Media blog)
- Happy Birthday Mrs Gaskell! (gaskellblog.wordpress.com)
- Contrasting Upbringings: Fanny Price & Molly Gibson (austensmansfield.wordpress.com)
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell – review (guardian.co.uk)
- Elizabeth Gaskell bicentenary marked with exhibition (guardian.co.uk)