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23 January 1972 (Canada) See more »
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Blair Brown ... Pheasant Vaughan / ... (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
Patricia Collins ... Chris Dayborn (5 episodes, 1972-1975)

Linda Goranson ... Victoria (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
Dawn Greenhalgh ... Amy Stroud (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
Amelia Hall ... Meg (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
Paul Harding ... Renny / ... (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
James Hurdle ... Eden (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
Gary McKeehan ... Christian (5 episodes, 1972-1975)

Kate Reid ... Old Adeline / ... (5 episodes, 1972-1975)

Don Scardino ... Ernest II (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
Lawrence Benedict ... Vicar (4 episodes, 1972)

Antoinette Bower ... Roma Fitzsturgis (4 episodes, 1972)
Paul Craig ... Philip II (4 episodes, 1972)
Sean Mulcahy ... Maitland Fitzsturgis (4 episodes, 1972)
Nicholas Simons ... Jim Dayborn (4 episodes, 1972)

Series Directed by
Richard Gilbert (4 episodes, 1972-1975)
John Trent (4 episodes, 1972)
Series Writing credits
Grahame Woods (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
Claude Harz (4 episodes, 1972)

Series Produced by
John Trent .... producer (5 episodes, 1972-1975)
Fletcher Markle .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1972)
Series Original Music by
William McCauley (4 episodes, 1972)
Series Production Management
Liz Butterfield .... production manager (4 episodes, 1972)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Samuel C. Jephcott .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1972)
Peter O'Brian .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1972)
Brian Walker .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1972)
Series Sound Department
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1972)
Series Stunts
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... stunt performer (4 episodes, 1972)

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
When ambition exceeds story, 20 December 2002
Author: Mark L. Kahnt from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

I'm lying a bit here - I didn't see much of it, but I feel it needs to be mentioned: For at least the next decade, Jalna was a running joke when dealing with Canadian programming. Those that designed and pursued the project wanted a great classic mini-series in the same successful strain as Upstairs Downstairs in Britain and various mini-series becoming popular in the United States, but with a Canadian story to try to demonstrate the relevance of the nation's literature. Unfortunately, a story that was somewhat slow and formula-bound when RKO did it in 1935 became very slow and over-played as the main suspense was wondering how long it would take for something interesting to happen, or even develop. Was it poorly done? Not really, it was just the wrong story for the time given to tell it, and not really a competitor to what was being developed by American and British producers.

It took a generation for CBC drama to live down the memories of The Whiteoaks of Jalna and bring back a willingness among the audience to give Canadian television drama a chance. It also gave English Canadian private broadcasters an excuse to *not really try* with drama on the argument that it wouldn't have a chance of getting an audience.

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