The true story of Margaret Kelly, known as "Miss Bluebell", who formed and managed a legendary Parisian dance troupe.




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Series cast summary:
Carolyn Pickles ...
 Margaret Kelly (8 episodes, 1986)
 Helen (8 episodes, 1986)
Philip Sayer ...
 Marcel Leibovici (7 episodes, 1986)
Michael Harbour ...
 Paul Derval (6 episodes, 1986)
Carmel McSharry ...
 Aunt Mary (6 episodes, 1986)
Miranda Coe ...
 Lucy (4 episodes, 1986)
Susan Bovell ...
 Paulette (4 episodes, 1986)
Sarah Dyall ...
 Bobby (4 episodes, 1986)
Peter Machin ...
 Kurt Burnitz (3 episodes, 1986)
Ian Thompson ...
 Alfred Jackson (3 episodes, 1986)
Gillian Winn ...
 Tess (3 episodes, 1986)
Anthony Herrick ...
 Guy (3 episodes, 1986)
Caryl Casson ...
 Jeanne (3 episodes, 1986)
Claud Paul Henry ...
 Abu (3 episodes, 1986)
Cherida Langford ...
 Mimette (3 episodes, 1986)
Beryl Nesbitt ...
 Simone (3 episodes, 1986)
Peter Reeves ...
 Maurice Chevalier (2 episodes, 1986)
 Pierre (2 episodes, 1986)
Thelma Ruby ...
 Mistinguett (2 episodes, 1986)
Margaret D'Arcy ...
 Sister Mary (2 episodes, 1986)
Alan Downer ...
 Lefebre (2 episodes, 1986)
Ann Heffernan ...
 Madame Reynard (2 episodes, 1986)
Marcus Bell ...
 Theatre ASM (2 episodes, 1986)
Agnes Bernelle ...
 Madame Duchamp (2 episodes, 1986)
Veronica Clifford ...
 Frau Elli (2 episodes, 1986)
Joseph Greig ...
 Dr. Andrews (2 episodes, 1986)
Trevor St. John Hacker ...
 Compere (2 episodes, 1986)
 Police official (2 episodes, 1986)


The true story of Margaret Kelly, known as "Miss Bluebell", who formed and managed a legendary Parisian dance troupe.

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12 January 1986 (UK)  »

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Good British Costume Drama Series
10 November 2012 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Bluebell was one of the first "adult" dramas that I watched as a child in 1986-7 on the BBC.

It was based on the real life story of Margerate Kelly, an Irish dancer from a poor orphan background who built "The Bluebell Girls" which was/is a major show in Paris that lasted decades. The story involves her survival in the Occupied Paris in the 2nd World War, her internment in a camp for British citizens, her hiding her Jewish husband from the Nazis. All the while going from poverty to building a show that would be world famous. The drama was filmed in the "video look" theatre style that was typical of British dramas at the time. My review is based on a 26 year old childhood memory as this great drama was sadly never repeated or released. Therefore I apologise for any mistakes in memory in the review.

Now when will this be released? It's such a shame that it's been hidden away for so many years. I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed "Tenko", "Secret Army", "House of Elliot" or any British costume drama of that kind.

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