A BBC production of Stella Gibbons' satirical story. (This version was even used to help launch 1971's opening season of Masterpiece Theater on PBS.) Young Flora Poste leaves the funeral of... See full summary »
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 Amos Starkadder (3 episodes, 1968)
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 Aunt Ada Doom (Starkadder) (3 episodes, 1968)
Sarah Badel ...
 Flora Poste (3 episodes, 1968)
Rosalie Crutchley ...
 Judith Starkadder (3 episodes, 1968)
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 Reuben Starkadder (3 episodes, 1968)
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 Seth Starkadder (3 episodes, 1968)
Billy Russell ...
 Adam Lambsbreath (3 episodes, 1968)
Hazel Coppen ...
 Mrs. Agony Beetle (3 episodes, 1968)
Sharon Gurney ...
 Elfine Starkadder (3 episodes, 1968)
Sheila Grant ...
 Rennett Starkadder (3 episodes, 1968)
John Golightly ...
 Charles Fairford (3 episodes, 1968)
Charlotte Howard ...
 Meriam (3 episodes, 1968)
Joan Bakewell ...
 Narrator (3 episodes, 1968)
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 Urk / ... (2 episodes, 1968)
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 Mr. Mybug (2 episodes, 1968)
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 Richard Hawk-Monitor (2 episodes, 1968)
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A BBC production of Stella Gibbons' satirical story. (This version was even used to help launch 1971's opening season of Masterpiece Theater on PBS.) Young Flora Poste leaves the funeral of her parents and finds herself alone with insubstantial means ("barely enough to keep her in stockings and furs") in mid-1930's London. The young 20-something has no means (nor intentions) of developing her own career save to follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen in becoming an author . . . when she's 50. But she's confident in the support of friends and distant relatives as she gathers life experiences for her writing. She makes a very wise choice when she decides she'll stay with the Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm - which she expects to be "appalling but interesting" - and where she'll use her talents to fix things (and people). The colorful array of cousins on the farm do not disappoint, but she's confident and, in the end, removes the curse on the farm, frees the cousins from the clutches of ... Written by John R. Williams

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26 December 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Version of Cold Comfort Farm (1995) See more »

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21 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The only enjoyment in watching this TV version was the nostalgia it brought back for all those wonderful old TV productions of the "why don't they do the kind of dramas they used to do". One forgets just how crude they were at times. I was more interested in the sets, and whether they would remain standing than I was in the action. The production just screams TV studio set. Although Rosalie Crutchley and Brian Blessed gave their usual outstanding performances, it made me appreciate the Kate Beckinsale film all the more.


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