Hold on to your bonnets, there’s going to be a new BBC TV adaptation of Little Women out this Christmas!
We’re still getting over the excitement of a new version of Vanity Fair to be released next year, but it turns out there’s a period drama coming up even sooner.
Childhood favourite Little Women is set to be the BBC’s classic Christmas drama, and it’s got some real star power behind it.
Yours favourite Angela Lansbury will be playing feisty Aunt March, while Michael Gambon will be playing neighbour Mr Laurence. Marmee herself (oh, how we loved her as children) will no doubt be done justice by Bafta-winner Emily Watson (who you may have seen in Apple Tree Yard). The girls will be played by Maya Hawke (Jo); Willa Fitzgerald (Meg); Annes Elwy (Beth) and Kathryn Newton (Amy).
Originally published in 1868, it’s remarkable how the themes of the book still resonate today. We all remember young love, sibling rivalry and a passion for reading – although not all of us were as kind as Beth or as brave as Jo!
As you will remember, it follows the four sisters on their journey to adulthood, lovingly (but firmly) guided by Marmee.
The Christmas series will take place over three episodes, and excitingly has been adapted by Call the Midwife’s Heidi Thomas.
“Little Women is one of the most loved novels in the English language, and with good reason,” says Heidi Thomas. “Its humanity, humour and tenderness never date, and as a study of love, grief and growing up it has no equal. There could be no better time to revisit the story of a family striving for happiness in an uncertain world, and I am thrilled to be bringing the March girls to a new generation of viewers.”
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