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.
Did You Know?
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
At several points, one of the children is shown miss-speaking a line and quickly correcting themselves. One such point, appearing both in original and the condensed versions, occurs when Collin is speaking with his father after running into him outside the garden. See more
In the 1984 condensed version, the BBC Video clip runs forward in the opening credits and runs backwards in the ending credits. See more
In 1984, the seven episodes (totaling 200 min. 27 sec. on DVD in 2005) were combined and condensed into a singe 107 minute feature and aired on U.S. TV. See more
Version of The Secret Garden
Praise to the Holiest in the Height
Lyrics by John Newton
Music by Thomas Haweis See more