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Cold Comfort Farm (BBC-2 1968, Alastair Sim, Fay Compton)

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Period drama serial Cold Comfort Farm followed the teenaged Flora Poste who goes to stay with her extremely eccentric relatives in the country. Narrated by Joan Bakewell!

production details
UK / BBC / 3×45 minute episodes / Broadcast 22 June – 6 July 1968

Writer: David Turner / Script Editor: Lennox Phillips / Novel: Stella Gibbons / Production Design: Raymond Cusick / Producer: David Conroy / Director: Peter Tucker

cast
Alastair Sim as Amos
Fay Compton as Aunt Ada Doom
Sarah Badel as Flora Poste
Fionnuala Flanagan as Mrs Mary Smiling
Rosalie Crutchley as Judith
Billy Russell as Adam Lambsbreath
Hazel Coppen as Mrs Agony Beetle
Freddie Jones as Urk
Joanna Dickens as Phoebe
Brian Blessed as Reuben
Peter Egan as Seth
Charlotte Howard as Meriam
Sharon Gurney as Elfine
Sheila Grant as Rennett
John Baker as Ezra
Jonathan Bilson as Harkaway
John Golightly as Charles Fairford
Aubrey Morris as Mr Mybug
Stella Long as Ivy
Timothy Carlton as Richard Hawk-Monitor

THE EPISODES

1. FOLK
When Flora Poste finds an orphan at 20 and with only a hundred pounds a year to live on she writes to her various relatives asking for a home, the most intriguing off comes from the Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm.

 

2. WOODSHED
Flora has moved into Cold Comfort Farm and has begun the task of civilising her wild earthy doomladen country cousins.

 

3. DOOM
Flora finally meets the formidable Ada Doom at a gathering of the Starkadders.