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Complete series cast summary:
Sarah Hollis Andrews ...
 Mary Lennox (7 episodes, 1975)
Hope Johnstone ...
 Mrs. Medlock (7 episodes, 1975)
William Marsh ...
 John (7 episodes, 1975)
Jennie Goossens ...
 Nurse (6 episodes, 1975)
Jacqueline Hoyle ...
 Martha (6 episodes, 1975)
John Woodnutt ...
 Mr. Archibald Craven (6 episodes, 1975)
Tom Harrison ...
 Ben Weatherstaff (4 episodes, 1975)
David Patterson ...
 Colin Craven (4 episodes, 1975)
Lorraine Peters ...
 Mrs. Sowerby (4 episodes, 1975)
Andrew Harrison ...
 Dickon (4 episodes, 1975)
Richard Warner ...
 Dr. Craven (4 episodes, 1975)
Basil Clarke ...
 Pitcher (3 episodes, 1975)
Alison Lowndes ...
 'Lizabeth Ellen (3 episodes, 1975)
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In 19th-century India, little Mary Lennox is suddenly orphaned by cholera. Her only living relative is her crook-backed uncle, Archibald Craven, so Mary is sent to live at his estate on the Yorkshire moors. Rude and unpleasant, Mary gradually begins to change as she explores the manor and grows to know some of the servants, particularly her maid Martha, and Ben Weatherstaff the gardener. With the help of a robin, Mary discovers a secret garden. She also discovers a cousin she never knew she had, and begins to form plans that transform her cousin, the garden, and ultimately herself. Written by Kathy Li

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Following the common BBC practice at the time, shots on sound stages (including those of the "secret garden" itself) were made on videotape while exterior shots were made on film and converted to videotape. In the final video, those shots converted from film fail to be as crisp and clear as the shots made directly to videotape. See more »

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Stage lights are reflected in Mary's silver dinner tray. See more »

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In the 1984 condensed version, the BBC Video clip runs forward in the opening credits and runs backwards in the ending credits. See more »

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Version of The Secret Garden (1987) See more »

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Praise to the Holiest in the Height
Lyrics by John Newton
Music by Thom­as Ha­weis
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Close to the book
2 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having recently had the opportunity to read the book "The Secret Garden" I was pleasantly surprised at how close this version is to the book. I now have four versions of this story, the 1947, 1975, 1987 and 1993 most of the other versions stray somewhat from the original story, even the majority of the script in this production is taken from the book. When I read the book I can visualise the actors in this production, the only change I could find was that Sarah Ann Medlock has been renamed Agnes. Sarah Hollis Andrews does a fine job as Mary and unlike other versions they used a genuine Yorkshire boy Andrew Harrison to play Dickon, David Patterson made a delightfully obnoxious (to start with) Colin. Of course this was a TV production so not in the same class as a Hollywood movie. Never the less full marks to the BBC on a great job.


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