Middle-class Margaret is uprooted from rural Hampshire to live in a northern mill town.
2 -Episode 2 53 min
Margaret is caught between Thornton and his desperate employees as tensions rise over pay.
3 -Episode 3 52 min
The strike has ended but both Margaret's friend Bessy and her mother are gravely ill.
4 -Episode 4 53 min
Can Margaret and Thornton put their differences aside and realise their true feelings?
Elizabeth Gaskell's tale of love across the social divide is brought to life in Sandy Welch's four-part adaptation. When Margaret Hale exchanges her rural life for a northern mill town, she witnesses first hand the poverty of the working classes. She also meets mill-owner John Thornton, who she initially despises, while he finds her wilful and proud. When the workers of Milton call a strike, Margaret takes their side, and the two are brought into deeper conflict. As events spiral out of control, Margaret - to her surprise - begins to fall in love with Thornton.