BBC Play of the Month: Season 9, Episode 4

Pygmalion (16 Dec. 1973)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 24 users  
Reviews: 4 user

Shaw's play in which a Victorian dialect expert bets that he can teach a lower-class girl to speak proper English and thus be taken for a lady.



0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 121 titles
created 05 Jan 2014

Related Items

Search for "Pygmalion" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Pygmalion (16 Dec 1973)

Pygmalion (16 Dec 1973) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of BBC Play of the Month.

User Polls

« Previous Episode | 72 of 120 Episodes | Next Episode »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Villiers ...
Emrys James ...
Lally Bowers ...
Joyce Grant ...
Joanna McCallum ...
Malcolm Hayes ...
Jon Rollason ...
Geoffrey Matthews ...
Angela Galbraith ...
Mrs. Higgins' maid
Alison Daumler ...
Prof. Higgins' maid
Noel Trevarthen ...


Shaw's play in which a Victorian dialect expert bets that he can teach a lower-class girl to speak proper English and thus be taken for a lady.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »







Release Date:

16 December 1973 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: Pygmalion (1956) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

reasonable, if pedestrian, version
8 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bernard Shaw's play 'Pygmalion' was filmed in 1938 with Wendy Hiller as Eliza and Leslie Howard as Higgins; and was later made into a musical, 'My Fair Lady', filmed in 1964 with Audrey Hepburn as Eliza and Rex Harrison as Higgins. It could be argued that any other versions are superfluous.

Made for television, this version has Lynn Redgrave as Eliza, James Villiers as Higgins, Ronald Fraser as Pickering, Lally Bowers as Higgins' mother, Angela Baddeley as Mrs Pearce, Nicholas Jones as Freddy, and Emrys James as Eliza's dustman father. All are reasonably effective in their roles - I particularly enjoyed the performances of James, Baddeley and Bowers - although Redgrave isn't quite right for the flower girl turned lady, and Villiers blusters a bit too much as the phonetics Professor.

Filmed on a low budget and decidedly studio-bound, and with Shaw's original ending (where Eliza doesn't necessarily return to Wimpole Street), this is an effective snapshot of the play. It's just that it's been done before, and better, and this version doesn't add anything new.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Looking for these episodes... andiweaves
THE MALE ANIMAL 1968 NormaBates88
looking for On Approval with J Brett casasouthard
Does this still exsist stepperry2008
Looking for DVD-VHS: 'Importance of Being Earnest ' + 'King Lear' lavandre62
The Linden Tree - copy needed morrow-9
Discuss Pygmalion (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: