Television series of the month: Cranford. This beautifully crafted adaptation of three of Elizabeth Gaskell's short novels had me crying in every episode (I watched it on DVD rather than waiting for it to screen on Aunty each week). I sobbed several times in the last episode. The acting is breathtaking, the stories touching and very funny. It's about feeling that you belong, loyalty, gossip, kindness and cruelty, and, most of all, female friendship at its very best.