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The Best Episodes of North & South

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Margaret Hale is a southerner from a country vicarage newly settled in the industrial northern town of Milton. In the shock of her move, she misjudges charismatic cotton mill-owner John Thornton, whose strength of purpose and passion are a match for her own pride and willfulness. 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...

Genre:Drama
Network:BBC One

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "North & South" is "Episode 4", rated 8.6/10 from 482 user votes. It was directed by Brian Percival and written by N/A. "Episode 4" aired on 12/5/2004 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Episode 2".

  • Episode 4
    8.6/10 482 votes

    #1 - Episode 4

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2004-12-05

    Frederick safely reaches Spain. After her father's death, Margaret leaves Milton to live with her aunt in London. Thornton learns that Frederick is Margaret's brother. With the money that she inherited from Mr. Bell, her godfather, she decides to help Mr. Thornton's mill from closing.

    Director: Brian Percival

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 2
    8.2/10 460 votes

    #2 - Episode 2

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2004-11-21

    Maria Hale's health ceases and her daughter Margaret decides to contact her brother Frederick - who had to leave England years earlier due to a wrongful court decision. The mill workers in Milton go on strike. In order to get his orders done in time, Thornton hires Irish workers. The angry strikers hear of this and in an attempt to threaten Thornton they hurt Margaret. Overwhelmed at her willing help to save Thornton from the strikers, he decides to propose to Margaret.

    Director: Brian Percival

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 3
    8.2/10 433 votes

    #3 - Episode 3

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2004-11-28

    Deeply hurt at the refusal of his marriage proposal, Thornton and Margaret's relationship becomes more tense and difficult. Just in time, Frederick comes home to visit his dying mother. Thornton mistakes him for Margaret's lover. As Margaret realizes that she might have been mistaken in her harsh and hasty criticism of Thornton, she has to sadly observe his opinion of her altering. Shortly after the death of her mother, Margaret's friend Bessy also dies.

    Director: Brian Percival

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 1
    8.0/10 505 votes

    #4 - Episode 1

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2004-11-14

    Margaret Hale, a 19-year-old lively young girl, and her parents leave the south, when her father Richard resigns as the clergy in Helstone on a matter of conscience. The family moves to Milton in the north of England where Mr. Hale starts working as a private tutor. Margaret and her mother find it difficult to adapt to the north. While Margaret tries to deal with her new home and thereby befriends Bessy Higgins and her father Nicholas, poor local mill workers, she becomes aware of the social inequalities. On seeing John Thornton, a cotton-mill owner, badly treating one of his workers, Margaret's prejudices are reinforced. Thornton, on the other hand, forms a more positive opinion of Margaret.

    Director: Brian Percival

    Writer: N/A