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The Tale Of Beatrix Potter (BBC Drama, Penelope Wilton)

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In BBC drama The Tale Of Beatrix Potter, young Beatrix Potter (Holly Aird) lives a quiet, protected childhood surrounded by her beloved pets. As she grows to adulthood, her talent for creating illustrated stories about these animals leads to publication of her first book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” As her books continue to gain popularity, Beatrix’s (Penelope Wilton) association with her publisher grows into an affectionate relationship that is strongly discouraged by Beatrix’s domineering parents.

Narrated by Michael Hordern.

Cast: Penelope Wilton (Beatrix Potter), Holly Aird (Young Beatrix), James Campbell (Young Bertram), John Woodvine (Mr Potter), Richard Aylen (Mr Cox, The Butler), Jennifer Marriott (Elizabeth, The Maid), Rosemary Martin (Mrs Potter), Tenniel Evans (Mr Millais), Victoria Burton (Lily Langtry), Fanny Rowe (Jessie Crompton), John Welsh (Canon Rawnsley), Lois Daine (Annie Moore, nee Carter), Bunny May (Stallholder), James Grout (Sir Henry Roscoe), James Bree (Mr Thiselton- Dyer), Nicholas Lovell (Noel Moore), Emma Cregeen (Freda Moore), Jonty Lovell (Eric Moore), Anna Simon (Nora Moore), Timothy Bateson (Printer), John Stratton (Harold Warne), Donald Gee (Norman Warne), Jeremy Nicholas (Bertram), Sally Home (Millie Warne), Justine Simon (Nellie Warne), Sophie Ashton (Winifred Warne), Anthony Gardner, Jerome Willis, Frank Mills, Eileen Helsby, James Bryce, Sharon Airey, Catherine Schell, William Simons, Tim Wylton, Ted Carroll

Writer and Executive Producer: John Hawkesworth / Based on the biographies by Margaret Lane / Music: Carl Davis / Producer: Carol Robertson / Director: Bill Hays

UK / BBC Two / 1×115 minute episode / Broadcast 3 April 1983