ABC will air the BBC series Cranford in February. Last week it was in contention for three Golden Globes and already has Emmy and BAFTA wins under its belt.
The period drama is adapted from three novellas by Elizabeth Gaskell published between 1849 and 1858. It follows the small absurdities and major tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford during one extraordinary year.
Judi Dench leads a commanding ensemble cast including Philip Glenister (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes), Michael Gambon (Gosford Park, Harry Potter, Wives and Daughters), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, Canterbury Tales) Julia Sawalha (Absolutely Fabulous), Francesca Annis (Jane Eyre, Revolver, Wives and Daughters) and Eileen Atkins (Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Gosford Park and The Dresser) who won a BAFTA and Emmy for her role as Miss Deborah Jenkyns.
Cranford begins 8:30pm Sunday February 8th.
It has previously screened in Australia on subscription television.