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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In defense of the 1971 TV version
27 January 2003 | by (Wilmington, DE) – See all my reviews

I agree that the film version is far superior to the TV version, but when I saw Cold Comfort Farm in 1971 I loved it. Then I discovered the novel, read it, and immediately bought copies for all of my friends. I had to drive almost 100 miles to see the movie, and it was worth it. The movie is better than the old TV version, but the book is much, much better than the movie. I will always be grateful to Masterpiece Theater for introducing me to this treasure.


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