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William and Dorothy 

The story of the poet William Wordsworth, and of his devoted sister Dorothy.


Ken Russell


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Episode credited cast:
Bridget Ashburn Bridget Ashburn ... Joanna Hutchinson
Robin Bevan Robin Bevan ... Young William
Antony Carrick ... Uncle
Freddie Fletcher Freddie Fletcher ... Tom Hutchinson
Thomas Henty Thomas Henty ... Jack Hutchinson
William Hootkins ... Reverend Dewey
Felicity Kendal ... Dorothy Wordsworth
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ... Dr. Carr
Amanda Murray Amanda Murray ... Mary Worsdwort
Patricia Quinn ... Annette Vallo
Sally Sheridan Sally Sheridan ... Mrs. Hutchinson (as Sally Adams)
David Warner ... William Wordsworth
Trevor Wilson Trevor Wilson ... John Wordworth
Susan Withers Susan Withers ... Young Dorothy


The story of the poet William Wordsworth, and of his devoted sister Dorothy.

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9 July 1978 (UK) See more »

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Psychologically Believable but at Times Amateurish
16 October 2005 | by richlandwomanSee all my reviews

This hour-long docudrama presents Wordsworth's sister Dorothy as his muse and true love, as well as a talented poet in her own right. As Dorothy lies on her deathbed, William remembers their lives together, including his arguable betrayal of his sister through marriage to another woman.

The deep, almost incestuous feeling between the two is believable and moving, but every now and then something goes terribly wrong in the production -- a particularly goofy close-up or montage, some very badly delivered dialogue, etc.

Still, I liked it and will probably watch it again. It's especially good at showing the passion that exists in Wordsworth's verse, presenting it as more than just "nature poetry" (although there are many lovely shots of the landscape that inspired him).

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