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Complete series cast summary:
Ann Firbank ...  Anne Elliot 5 episodes, 1971
Bryan Marshall ...  Captain Wentworth 5 episodes, 1971
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ...  Lady Russell 5 episodes, 1971
Richard Vernon ...  Admiral Croft 5 episodes, 1971
Basil Dignam ...  Sir Walter Elliot 4 episodes, 1971
Valerie Gearon ...  Elizabeth Elliot 4 episodes, 1971
Georgine Anderson ...  Mrs. Croft 4 episodes, 1971
Morag Hood ...  Mary Musgrove 4 episodes, 1971
Rowland Davies Rowland Davies ...  Charles Musgrove 4 episodes, 1971
Mel Martin ...  Henrietta Musgrove 4 episodes, 1971
Charlotte Mitchell Charlotte Mitchell ...  Mrs. Clay 4 episodes, 1971
Zhivila Roche Zhivila Roche ...  Louisa Musgrove 3 episodes, 1971
Noel Dyson ...  Mrs. Musgrove 3 episodes, 1971
David Savile David Savile ...  Mr. Elliot 3 episodes, 1971
Michael Culver ...  Captain Harville 3 episodes, 1971
Ernest Hare Ernest Hare ...  Colonel Wallis 3 episodes, 1971
Gabrielle Daye ...  Mrs. Rooke 3 episodes, 1971
Polly Murch Polly Murch ...  Mrs. Smith 3 episodes, 1971
Beatrix Mackey Beatrix Mackey ...  Lady Dalrymple 3 episodes, 1971
Angela Galbraith Angela Galbraith ...  Miss Carteret 3 episodes, 1971
Walter Horsbrugh Walter Horsbrugh ...  Butler 3 episodes, 1971


Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a young seaman, who, though promising, had poor family connections. When her father rents out the family estate to Admiral Croft, Anne is thrown into company with Frederick, because his sister is Mrs. Croft. Frederick is now a rich and successful Captain, and a highly eligible bachelor. Whom will he marry? One of Anne's sister's husband's sisters? Or will he and Anne rekindle the old flame? Written by GusF

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The green plaid day dress worn by Ann Firbank (Anne Elliot) is the same costume worn by an extra in the London Street when Amelia meets George to invite him to Vauxhall Gardens in "Vanity Fair (1998)." See more »


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Some nearly fatal miscasting problems, but this 1971 version has some merits
10 September 2017 | by paxveritasSee all my reviews

Ann Firbank's Anne is "past her bloom," for sure, by too many years, and there is zero magnetism between her and Bryan Marshall's Frederick, but that's not the actors' fault as much as the casting director's. Firbank lacks the vulnerability and gentleness of Amanda Root's (and author Jane Austen's) Anne in the 1995 version with the incomparable Ciaran Hinds making a very definitive, dignified Frederick.

Zhivila Roche's Louisa Musgrove is far more irritating and immature than she should be, considering she's supposed to evolve quickly as a serious lover of poetry, post-accident; that character development would've been more plausible if Louisa were toned down just a bit pre-accident. No one doubts that people can change after a trauma, but this is way too unbelievable as done in the 1975 version.

Ignoring production values, or excusing them for the technological conditions of the day (which is always a good idea), this version works because it takes the time to tell the story, closer to the book. The omissions made in the 1995 script do damage the logical progression & character motivations. The music is wonderful in the 1995 production, melodious and romantic, yet not overpowering.

Both are fun to watch. I haven't caught the other versions yet, having little hope that they'd be anything like what Jane Austen intended to say. Correct me if I'm wrong!

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18 April 1971 (UK) See more »

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Persuasion See more »

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Bath, Somerset, England, UK See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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