In a small presbytery in Yorkshire, living under the watchful eyes of their aunt and father, a strict Anglican pastor, the Bronte sisters write their first works and quickly become literary sensations.
The daughter of a country doctor copes with an unwanted stepmother, an impetuous stepsister, burdensome secrets, the town gossips, and the tug on her own heartstrings for a man who thinks of her only as a friend.
Based on a little known 1848 novel by Anne Bronte, Tara Fitzgerald stars as an enigmatic young woman who moves to 19th Century Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone ... See full summary »
On the wet and wuthering moors of 19th century Yorkshire, the Bronte sisters emerge from the haven of their hidden fantasy worlds, from beneath the wing of their eccentric, domineering ... See full summary »
Having just put on a show to celebrate the centenary of Christopher Fry's birth, I was delighted to obtain the DVD of his 5-hour TV series shown on Yorkshire TV in 1975. In comparison with the verbal exuberance of his verse plays in the 1940s and '50s the adaptation (from Mrs Gaskell's life of Charlotte) is restrained to the point of under-statement. More enlightenment about how, despite the constraints of their strict upbringing, the sisters wrote their turbulent novels would have been welcome - today the ubiquitous Andrew Davies would perhaps somehow have turned their lives into a bonk-fest; but the series, modestly produced yet lovely to look at, with well-chosen exterior locations, gives a deal of quiet pleasure and satisfaction. The sisters suffer somewhat from having similar '70s hair-styles, but Vickery Turner as a gutsy Charlotte, Rosemary McHale as troubled Emily and Ann Penfold as the more placid Ann are more than adequate, Michael Kitchen as poor Branwell and Alfred Burke as the benign tyrant, their father are excellent and it's good to have Barbara Leigh-Hunt as Mrs Gaskell and a very young-looking Benjamin Whitrow as Charlotte's husband, Mr Nicholls.
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