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Little Women (BBC 1950-1951, Jane Hardie, Sheila Shand Gibbs)

Little Women was a period drama serial from the formative years of British television. During the mid nineteenth century 4 sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy, cope with life in New England whilst their father is away fighting in the civil war.

Quite a landmark production for a couple of reasons, firstly it was the first fully fledged British TV serial (in fact it only went out in the South and the Midlands) and it was also the first For The Children production – the BBC had only recently set in place a dedicated children’s department.

production details
UK / BBC (part of the For the Children strand) / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 December 1950 – 23 January 1951

Writer: Winifred Oughton, Brenda R Thompson / Novel: Louisa M Alcott / Design: Stephen Taylor, Lawrence Broadhouse / Producer: Pamela Brown

cast
JANE HARDIE as Jo March
SHEILA SHAND GIBBS as Meg March
NORA GAUSSEN as Beth March
SUSAN STEPHEN as Amy March
BARBARA EVEREST as Mrs March
ARTHUR RIDLEY as Mr March